The Deep State
Versus Donald Trump - New Smears And A Ukrainian
By Moon Of Alabama
remarked on January 6:
Clinton was defeated in the U.S. presidential
election the relevant powers launched a campaign to
delegitimize the President elect Donald Trump.
ultimate aim of the cabal is to kick him out of
office and have a reliable replacement, like the
Vice-President elect Pence, take over. Should that
not be possible it is hoped that the
delegitimization will make it impossible for Trump
to change major policy trajectories especially in
foreign policy. A main issue here is the
reorientation of the U.S. military complex and its
NATO proxies from the war of terror towards a direct
confrontation with main powers like Russia and
state" campaign against Trump opened new grounds today
with the publication of completely fake and thereby
unverifiable anonymous assertions that Trump had some
fun in a Moscow hotel and that Russian secret services
is using that to manipulate him.
in 35 pages of "reports" by an anonymous (claimed)
former British intelligence operator with dates ranging
from June 20 2016 to December 13 2016. They say that
Russia has some tapes of Trump watching sex games in
2013, they claim that Trump campaign officials
coordinated the Clinton campaign leaks with Russia and
that the Russian President Putin was highly involved in
all of this.
Here is how the
claimed former intelligence operator typically describes
his sources in the "reports":
Speaking to a
trusted compatriot in June 2016 sources A and B, a
senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure and a former
top level Russian intelligence officer still active
inside the Kremlin respectively, the Russian
authorities had been cultivating and supporting U.S.
Republican presidential candidate, Donald TRUMP for
at least five years. Source B asserted that the
TRUMP operation was both supported and directed by
Russian President Vladimir PUTIN.
former British operator hears from an anonymous asserted
compatriot what two anonymous sources, asserted to have
access to inner Russian circles, claim to have heard
somewhere that something happened in the Kremlin.
that Trump was supported and directed by Putin himself
five years ago while even a year ago no one would have
bet a penny on Trump gaining any political significant
position or even the presidency.
a lot more of such nonsense in these new Hitler
diaries. It is bonkers from a to z.
Even as they
are obvious fake the FBI tried to use these "reports"
to get a wide warrant from the foreign intelligence
surveillance (Fisa) court to listen in on Trump campaign
officials. The court thankfully denied or at least
narrowed the request.
"reports" were created as part of the opposition
research by a Republican candidate running in the
primaries against Trump. They were later produced for
and paid by the Democratic campaign. They have been
shopped around in Washington for several month.
CNN and the FBI investigated the assertions in them.
Despite the considerable combined investigative
capacities they could verify none of them. All
publications refrained from publishing the claims during
the campaign because there was no evidence at all that
supported them. Buzzfeed now pushed these out despite
also saying that there is nothing verifiable in them.
Even worse, the
Director of National Intelligence Clapper (who once
claimed Saddam's non-existing WMDs were shipped to Syria)
presented these to Congress and the president elect
Trump as "annex" to his
baseless U.S. Intelligence report of "Russian
A murky preview
of the assertions
had been given by David Corn in a Mother Jones piece
in October. He talked with the said to be author of the
off as a fairly general inquiry," says the former
spook, who asks not to be identified. But when he
dug into Trump, he notes, he came across troubling
information indicating connections between Trump and
the Russian government. According to his sources, he
says, "there was an established exchange of
information between the Trump campaign and the
Kremlin of mutual benefit."
publication of the full barrel of bullshit comes a day
after members of the Trump cabinet have been
successfully confirmed by Congress and hours before his
long expected press conference. It is thereby destined
to overshadow a successful start of the Trump
There are signs
that the "reports" were written with some Ukrainian
nationalist and anti-semitic background. Just consider
this passage from the July 26 "report":
In terms of
the FSB's recruitment of capable cyber operatives to
carry out its, ideally deniable, offensive cyber
operations, a Russian IT specialist with direct
knowledge reported in June 2016 that this was often
done using coercion and blackmail. In terms of
'foreign' agents, the FSB was approaching U.S.
citizens of Russian (Jewish) origin
on business trips in Russia.
Such tropes are
typical of the anti-semitic Ukrainian "nationalist" (aka
Nazi) narrative. Russian services would, unlike Mossad,
not recruit IT hackers conditioned on "Jewish" ethnic
relations or believe. We have seen more Ukrainian
"nationalists" involved in the "Russian hacks"
propaganda claims. A July 2016 Yahoo piece by (Clinton
campaign mouthpiece) Michael Isikoff
after she started preparing opposition research
files on Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul
Manafort last spring, Democratic National Committee
consultant Alexandra Chalupa got an alarming message
when she logged into her personal Yahoo email
Chalupa — who had been drafting memos and writing
emails about Manafort’s connection to pro-Russian
political leaders in Ukraine — quickly alerted top
“I was freaked out,” Chalupa, who serves as
director of “ethnic engagement” for the DNC,
told Yahoo News in an interview, noting that
she had been in close touch with sources in Kiev,
Ukraine, including a number of
investigative journalists, who had been providing
her with information about Manafort’s political and
business dealings in that country and Russia.
somewhat involved with the ProPornOT list, promoted
by the Washington Post, of alleged pro-Russian
propaganda websites. This website, Moon of Alabama, is
also on that list :-) (see at end of piece).
(Unfortunately though we have never received a penny, or
anything else, from Russian sources, are critical of
Putin's neoliberal economic policies and
have been plagiarized by the Russian government
financed Russia Today without any compensation.) The
ProPornOT Twitter account says it is
“Ukrainian-American” and it used the Ukrainian fascist
salute of the OUN-Bandera gangs "Heroiam
Slava!" to hail Ukrainian hackers attacking Russia.
The ProPornOT list is designed after a Ukrainian model
used to smear Ukrainian anti-fascist media and
a main promoter of the "Russia hacked the Democratic
campaign" allegations based on thin if any evidence. She
was named by the same Isikoff of Yahoo as one of
16 people who shaped the 2016 election.
president of the Ukrainian lobby group “US United
With Ukraine Coalition”, which lobbied hard to pass
a 2014 bill increasing loans and military aid to
Ukraine, imposing sanctions on Russians, and tightly
aligning US and Ukraine geostrategic interests.
coordinated her anti-Trump/anti-Russian campaign
with the Ukrainian embassy in Washington DC:
Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary
Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning
his fitness for office. They also disseminated
a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they
were investigating the matter, only to back away
after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies
research damaging information on Trump and his
advisers, a Politico investigation found.
A Ukrainian-American operative[,
Alexandra Chalupa,] who was consulting for the
Democratic National Committee met with top officials
in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington
in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top
campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia, according to
people with direct knowledge of the situation.
foreign influence on the presidential race through the
Ukrainian (fascist) connection to the Clinton campaign
is much more grounded in reality than the alleged but
unproven Russian connections to the Trump campaign.
We have a
Ukrainian-American nationalist Democratic campaign
operator promoting anti-Russian and anti-Trump claims in
cooperation with the Ukrainian government, a
Ukrainian-American ProPornOT blacklist for smearing
website of being "Russian propaganda" and Ukrainian
fascist tropes used in fact-less "reports" intended to
smear Trump as a Russian puppet. Above of this we have a
U.S intelligence community that is feverishly fighting
against a Trump presidency which is likely to cut back
its many excrescences.
The CIA, the
MI-6 and the German BND (a CIA controlled outlet) have
pampered and promoted the
again very active anti-Russian Ukrainian fascist
circles since (at least) the late 1940s. A U.S. National
Archive book about
Hitler's Shadows - Nazi War Criminals, U.S. Intelligence
and the Cold War (PDF) notes:
operations through Bandera expanded. An early 1954
MI6 summary noted that, “the operational aspect of
this [British] collaboration [with Bandera] was
developing satisfactorily. Gradually a more
complete control was obtained over
infiltration operations and although the
intelligence dividend was low it was considered
worthwhile to proceed....”
In June 1985 the General Accounting Office mentioned
Lebed’s name in a public report on Nazis and
collaborators who settled in the United States with
help from U.S. intelligence agencies. The Office of
Special Investigations (OSI) in the Department of
Justice began investigating Lebed that year. The CIA
worried that public scrutiny of Lebed would
compromise QRPLUMB and that failure to protect Lebed
would trigger outrage in the Ukrainian émigré
community. It thus shielded Lebed by denying any
connection between Lebed and the Nazis and by
arguing that he was a Ukrainian freedom fighter. The
truth, of course, was more complicated. As late as
1991 the CIA tried to dissuade OSI from approaching
the German, Polish, and Soviet governments for
war-related records related to the OUN. OSI
eventually gave up the case, unable to procure
definitive documents on Lebed. Mykola Lebed,
Bandera’s wartime chief in Ukraine, died in
1998. He is buried in New Jersey, and his papers are
located at the Ukrainian Research Institute at
There is no
evidence yet for a direct connection between the three
anti-Russian/anti-Trump items above, the
Ukrainian-fascist movement and John Brennan's "deep
state" CIA. There are consistencies in tone and message,
some common history including the 2014 putsch in Ukraine
and a connecting Ukrainian-American person in the
But even that
is more than the baseless assertions in the "Russian
hacking" DNI intelligence reports and the now published
MI-6 smears. Seen from a distance the "Intelligence
Community" is more compromised by these "leaks" than the
President elect Trump.
It is not
predictable who will win this fight, the "deep state"
cabal that wants to keep the U.S. on an anti-Russian
course or the somewhat outsider isolationist Trump. My
bet is on the bullshit artist Trump.
In the bigger
international picture the fight itself, and the
publicity it gets, lets the U.S. look like the Banana
republic it is destined to become.
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