Very thorough and appreciated. The 4chan story really doesn’t hold water.
One thought, though: any idea what the false intel was that the 4chan poster *tried* to pitch you back around November 1?
Admittedly, this could be difficult to discern since the poster was anonymous, there are no prior posts to compare against, and the only detail given (“added a Russian spy angle”) seems to imply that that was added *after* it was pitched to you. Plus, of course, all this is premised on the 4chan poster being honest about sending you any stories at all.