bollocks on the brain

Trump’s Alleged Russia Leak: Concocted Story as Part of Anti-President Plot
Editorial, Strategic Culture, May 17 2017

Here we have a scoop hitting the mainstream media headlines to eclipse China’s One Belt, One Road summit, the Macron’s inauguration, Syria, never ending North Korea’s missile launches and the Turkish President Erdogan’s visit to Washington. US President Donald Trump is at the centre of a storm. The saga of the alleged Russian connection to Trump’s campaign is once again dominating the news. This time, the hue and cry was raised over Trump allegedly revealing top secret ‘codeword’ (SAP) information to Lavrov & Kislyak in a White House meeting the day after Comey was fired. The report once again quickly drew sharp criticism of the president. Current and former Pindo boxtops say Trump jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on Daesh. It started with the WaPo reporting on May 15 that Trump revealed highly classified information about a Daesh plot to senior Russian officials during the Oval Office meeting on May 10. The president reportedly went off-script and began describing details about an IS threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft. The story went viral. It says the information was so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the government. It was provided by a US partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement. The partner did not give permission to share the information not to jeopardize a valuable source. If committed, such an act could jeopardize a whole range of relationships. The story was immediately spread around with comments by other US media outlets. The NYT and BuzzFeed News published similar reports also citing unverifiable sources, unnamed current and former Pindo boxtops later in the day.

The news came as the Reps returned to session after a break. The Thugs were all at sea, asking for further details. Congressional Demagogs and some Thugs condemned the reported disclosures. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker called the reports «worrisome» and «troubling». He told reporters that the Trump White House «has got to do something soon to bring itself under control and order». Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that if the allegations are true, that would be a «slap in the face» to the intelligence community. The second most senior Democrat in the Senate, Dick Durbin, called the reported disclosures «dangerous» and «reckless». A number of ranking officials including McMaster, Tillerson and Dina Powell denied the reports and emphasized that Trump had not discussed specific intelligence sources and methods. Neither of the officials addressed directly the allegation that classified information was revealed, sparking suspicions that they were playing word games. In his public response on May 16, Trump insisted he had the right to share information with Russia related to terrorism and other issues. The president’s tweets notably lacked any mention of whether the information he shared was classified. Some consequences are easily predictable. The story will spur anti-Trump hysteria in media and Congress. For instance, CNN cited «a former senior intelligence official» saying:

Never before have I witnessed a senior government official so carelessly threaten an intelligence-sharing relationship.

Such media attacks will multiply. It’s already happening. The revelations could further damage Trump’s already fraught relationship with his intelligence agencies. A lot of people will take advantage of the situation to stymie the emerging normalization of the relationship between Pindostan and Russia. True or not, the following scandal is sure to shadow the president as he starts his first overseas voyage after the election. The trip includes Israel, Saudi Arabia, Vatican and meetings with Euro vassals at a NATO summit in Brussels, and the G7 meeting in Sicily. Some of the leaders Trump will meet come from countries that Pindostan has intelligence-sharing agreements with. Whatever happened in the Oval Office, the president has a right to declassify information, so no laws or rules were broken, even if the bombshell story dismissed by the Russian foreign ministry were true, but it looks like it was cooked up specifically for the occasion. No Pindo media outlet remembered the warning given by Maria Zakharova, who had foreseen the scenario. Prior to Lavrov’s visit, she warned the Pindosi media were preparing an attack against the president, writing on her Facebook page:

Guys, have you been reading Pindosi newspapers again? You shouldn’t read them! You can put them to various uses, but you shouldn’t read them! Lately it’s become not only harmful, but dangerous too!

On May 11, she warned that Pindo media were planning to publish a «scoop» on the Trump-Lavrov meeting. She hit the nail right on the head. Immediately after the event, brouhaha was stirred up over the presence of Russian photographers in the Oval Office during the Trump-Lavrov talks. So the «secrets divulged’ fake story is nothing but a well-planned attack launched by a large segment of Pindo media being used as a tool to stymie any efforts to normalize relations between Pindostan and Russia. Those who lost the presidential election just cannot reconcile themselves to defeat. This and other stories denigrating Russia and painting it as Pindostan’s foe are parts of a well-orchestrated hate campaign. The outlets don’t pretend to be independent anymore. They have become actors with roles to play, missions to accomplish and goals to be reached. None of the stories going viral has relation to the facts. They are nothing but unsupportable conspiracy theories based on innuendo. The attack is launched to substantiate the calls for appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s ties with Russia and scuttle any improvement of the relationship. Then congressional committees and independent commissions and whatever else will all add to the efforts to hinder the process of normalization just started. As a result, the hopes for progress in arms control and non-proliferation will be dashed. There will be no joint fight against Daesh and no deal on Syria, no talks on the rising tensions in Europe, no cooperation on cyber-security, and a lot of other things where understandings with Moscow would meet Pindo interests. It’s just deja-vu all over again. It’s easy to find examples in Pindosi history. The anti-Russia hysteria as part of the anti-Trump campaign is a sure way back to the days of the Second Red Scare, the Hollywood Blacklist, HUAC and Hoover’s FBI. One thing leads to another. The result will be increased spying on Pindo creeple and repression of political dissent. To avoid such developments, everything the media say should be taken with a grain of salt, especially when unnamed sources are cited and stories without any proof or facts are published.

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