President Trump may be letting a leading figure in the coup against him take over at the CIA. That is, if David Ignatius is telling the truth about Haspel’s background in his May 7, 2018 Washington Post article. Ignatius, a dutiful scribe for the intelligence community, used the article to sell the Haspel nomination to the rabid McCarthyite Democratic Party with this argument: So what, if she was involved in torture. The greater good is that she hates Russia and will fight off any attempt by Trump to curb the agencies’ provocations against Putin, or any attempt to get to the truth about the CIA’s role in the coup against the President.Read More
Nearly two days have passed, multiple satellite photographs of destroyed buildings have been released to the world since Saturday morning's U.S.-British-French missile strikes in Syria...and the Pentagon has a serious problem. An issue much larger than just 'PR' or the 'Russian disinformation' that Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned about, which is said to have included trolling activity increasing by 2,000% (from what baseline and over which period of time this percentage increase was recorded, the DoD spokesmen and women wouldn't say).
Perhaps in part because the blow was telegraphed last week by President Trump's tweet taunting Russians that the shiny new 'smart missiles' were coming, or due to the limited scope of targeting (just three sites allegedly related to a covert Syrian chemical weapons program), or just plain hubris and smug underestimation of Syria's defenders and their Russian big brothers watching the skies -- the attack was a dud. Such that even those who rushed to praise President Trump for striking Assad the alleged chemical bomber of children were left disappointed, pining for more multi-100 million dollar fireworks to show Vladimir Putin who's the global superpower boss.
While the Russian Analyst does not know if Moscow's tally of 71 out of 103 missiles fired from US-UK-French warships and aircraft intercepted is accurate...we can confidently assess that the U.S. Department of Offense spokesman's claims -- that every missile fired hit its intended target and that there were no launch failures or weapons falling short -- is false. We also know the Pentagon, likely due to the current hysteria over all things Russian in Washington, denied giving Moscow any strike warning on Friday beyond the usual deconfliction channels -- whereas the French immediately contradicted that point. What remains to be seen is how much wreckage from downed Tomahawk and StormShadow (French and British deployed) missiles the Russian generals will present in Damascus as proof their American counterparts are lying.Read More
Feb. 9 -- Recent events in the ongoing "Russiagate" saga in the United States fully confirm what Lyndon and Helga Zepp LaRouche said when the anti-Trumpers first began peddling the "Russia meddled/Trump colluded" fairy tale about the 2016 presidential election: It is not Russia, they charged, but the British who attempted to rig the election, colluding with the Obama intelligence agency leaders and the Hillary Clinton campaign to defeat Donald Trump. To end the coup danger, they added, the British must be exposed, and their operations in the United States must be permanently shut down. With the release of memos in the last week, by Republican Representative Devin Nunes and Senators Grassley and Graham, focused on the pivotal role of "former" MI6 operative Christopher Steele in the attempted coup against President Donald Trump, there is no longer any doubt that the LaRouches were right.
An article published February 7 on the Sic Semper Tyrannis blog of former intelligence officer Pat Lang echoes what the LaRouches have been saying since Trump's election. The article, by a blogger under the name Publius Tacitus, is titled "Did British Intelligence Try to Destroy the Trump Presidency?"Read More
On Tuesday the headline from Zerohedge said, "Steele Goes Dark; Ditches London Court Appearance Following Criminal Referral By US Senate". The 84-year-old Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)'s released, now mostly unredacted memo demonstrating that the former British spy Christopher Steele not only lied to the FBI about his dossier media contacts on behalf of the Democrats' Fusion GPS hired guns, but also that the Bureau covered for Steele's lies while seeking FISA warrants may have had something to do with the no-show in London libel court. Certainly U.S.-based attorneys for Russian technology executive Aleksei Gubarev want to know why Steele was happy to discuss his dossier (which risked its allegedly super sensitive Kremlin sources) with gossipy reporters, but not under oath to defend the veracity of his sources and work in court.
Scribd file of this week's released Grassley memo
Despite the cowardly Steele's unwillingness to defend the truthfulness of the dossier, despite numerous allegations the document makes being proven false or hotly disputed in existing and pending libel suits (such as from Trump attorney Michael Cohen, whom the dossier falsely places in Prague meeting with Russian agents, echoing years later 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta's infamously made up meeting with Iraqi intelligence agents in the same city reported to drum up support for the American-led invasion of Iraq), there are still deep state spokesmen willing to defend Steele and the dossier's integrity on cable news and social media.
John Sipher, who runs a blog called the Cipher Brief and writes for Just Security and other sites while regularly appearing on CNN and MSNBC, has doubled down on his insistence that Rep. Devin Nunes and Grassley are hurting U.S. intelligence sharing, principally with the British and other 5Eyes (former British empire countries) partners, supposedly by smearing the poor innocent ex-spook Steele. In reality, Sipher, his former boss CIA director John Brennan and ex-James Comey FBI aide Josh Campbell and their recent hires as 'analysts' by MSNBC and CNN respectively, reveal not only deference, but humiliating sycophancy from supposedly loyal American 'ex' security agency executives to their masters in London. It is richly ironic that these same spooks who invoke 'democratic norms' and the Founding Fathers memory to denounce Trump as a Kremlin-blackmailed, Russia-colluding traitor would likely be regarded by the brave Founders who revolted against the Crown as British stooges, modern day Benedict Arnolds. -- JWSRead More
The Russia Analyst doesn't have much to add to this farcical story about the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomatic personnel (whether official cover spies or not) from the U.S., or the expected persona non grata'ing of 35 Americans from the Russian Federation this weekend. Other than sending our U.S. passport to the Embassy via FedEx, we've had no interactions with anyone at 2650 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in the over a decade we've been visiting Russia.
Nonetheless, we do want to say the following: we think President Donald J. Trump's low key response, agreeing to see any actual classified evidence in a briefing next week while calling on the U.S. to move on from (re-litigating and trying to cast doubt on the legitimacy of) the election, is the right one. With barely three weeks left to engage in what others agree with us is a preemptive soft coup against Trump's promised foreign policy before he takes office, we expect Russian retaliation to be limited to tit for tat expulsions and complaining. Going beyond that, into actively sanctioning Langley employees and naming CIA agents involved in either the overthrow of the legitimate Ukrainian government in February 2014, or more nefarious operations involving those American-made TOW missiles that 'accidentally' wound up in ISIS hands may only deepen the chill of Cold War 2.0. Which is precisely what Obama's handlers apparently wanted from these eleventh hour executive orders...Read More
U.S. News and World Report says several news outlets and aggregators smeared as conduits for 'Russian propaganda' to reach at least 15 million Americans are preparing legal action against the people behind @PropOrNot. It isn't clear from the US News article if these individuals are also weighing a libel lawsuit against the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), the neoconservative-dominated, Cold War 2.0 promoting think tank based in Philadelphia and Washington that pushed @PropOrNot's 'methodology' to Washington Post reporter Craig Timberg. Turning the tables when it comes to the use of anonymity, a private citizen who wishes to remain anonymous is offering a $10,000 reward, payable in bitcoin, for verified exposure of the identities behind @PropOrNot...Read More
So The Washington Post thoroughly embarrassed itself this weekend, with a ridiculous 'scoop' citing the neoconservative Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) think tank and some anonymous pro-Ukrainian government trolls claim that 'Russian propaganda' MAY have swung the election from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump. And that Russian hackers, trolls and bots together with Kremlin funded media outlets like RT or Sputnik effectively acted as a 'super PAC' for the Trump campaign.
To the Russia Analyst's surprise, the response has been so vociferous to this low rate 21st century McCarthyism that many of the 'respectable' Russophobes supported by the Establishment, such as Michael 'Daeshbag' Weiss of The Daily Beast and the Atlantic Council/Soros/foreign government funded British OSINT shyster Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat have quickly disavowed any connection to the shady @PropOrNot organization. So too, has Andrew Aaron Weisburd, a former semi-professional troll for the Internet Haganah website which harassed pro-Palestinian activists, despite @PropOrNot using his material.
But is there more to this story than meets the eye? Of course there is -- and the Russia Analyst suggests investigative journalists who don't like getting smeared by @PropOrNot focus on the nexus between increasingly desperate Kiev oligarchs, Soros/Media Matters for America, and possibly even Clinton cronies at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).Read More
Elections have consequences, at least that's what we heard when President-elect Barack Hussein Obama said 'I won' after his victories in 2008 and 2012. But apparently for Trump loyalists to say the same thing to a #NeverTrump er who smeared them as incompetent loons for months should elicit pearl-clutching. After losing the online meme wars to a bunch of guys supposedly living in their mothers' basements tweeting out frogs, after their candidates for the GOP nomination and their drugged/drunken war/glue horse of a Democratic nominee were all rejected, these people STILL don't get it?
I'm referring of course, to Project for a New American Century (PNAC) (what's a neocon?) Eliot A. Cohen's piece in the Amazon.com billionaire/Kaplan SAT prep subsidized and rapidly declining Establishment mouthpiece known as The Washington Post. In which the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies professor advised his conservative students not to take his prior advice to serve in a Trump Administration because -- get this -- special snowflake Cohen got his feels hurt in an email exchange. How very much like the safe space seeking campus social justice warriors these fake conservatives love to mock. As we warned U.S. Naval (Twitter) War College Prof. Tom Nichols, who eagerly re-tweeted Prof. Cohen's rant about 'Trumpkins' informing he and his fellow neocons that they lost the election...when you mock the priorities of ordinary Americans, some of them mock your sacred cows (perpetual Cold War 2 against Russia if not hot war in Syria on behalf of 'moderate jihadists') right back.Read More