In response to a Russian sex worker claiming to have damaging information on President Donald Trump, CNN is going to great lengths to obtain more information — to the point of dispatching reporters across the globe.
The New York Times reports Anastasia Vashukevich claims to have over 16 hours of recordings that could help provide information on if Trump colluded with the Russians. Vashukevich says she will hand over the recordings if the United States accepts her request for asylum and gets her out of prison in Thailand.
CNN sent Ivan Watson to Bangkok to meet with Vashukevich:
“She described herself as a seductress. […] This woman claims to have evidence of Russian meddling in the U.S. election. The question: Is this a desperate ploy to get out of jail, or as her friend claims, is this young woman truly in danger because she knows too much?”
A friend of Vashukevich said she is very scared for her life because she is very much in danger:
“For days, Vashukevich and several Russian friends have been held at this jail in the capital of Thailand where visitors are not allowed to bring cameras. I just came out of this detention center. […] It was loud and hot and chaotic, and talking through the bars, she says that she witnessed meetings between the Russian billionaire […] and at least three Americans who she refused to name. She claims they discussed plans to affect the U.S. elections, but she wouldn’t give any further information because she fears she could be deported back to Russia.”
The “sex coach” has taken photos with high-ranking Russian officials and Russian billionaires while on their private sea craft.
Vashukevich and others were arrested by police for working without a permit.