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Saturday 14 January 2017

Wikileaks Trump Dossier Giveaway

After the dossier suggesting that Combover Crybaby Donald Trump had taken part in a variety of creative activities with prostitutes in an upmarket Moscow hotel room, and which had concluded that he was vulnerable to blackmail, had begun to see the light of day, has come the blowback (as it were). The claims of “golden showers” are being systematically rubbished - with one of those doing the rubbishing being Wikileaks.
The Prisoner, 2017 remake

That is a most interesting name to pitch when it comes to a report which is alleged to confirm the influence of Vladimir Vladimirovitch Putin and his pals on Trump, who is a loose enough cannon even without an enemy power sticking its bugle in and directing him to fire on his own side. And it does nothing to dispel the rumours that Wikileaks and its head man Julian Assange, still holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, is also in cahoots with the current régime in the Kremlin.
Wikileaks did not help its cause by going on a Twitter offensive that put it on the same page as both the Combover Crybaby - and the Putin Government. Those publicising the dossier immediately had their motivation called into question: “Publication of Trump dossier allowed others to do what Buzzfeed should have done and expose the poor sourcing of last Friday's CIA report”. No thanks, I don’t want to look over there.
It was then suggested that BuzzFeed, or at least its editorial process, was suspect: “Buzzfeed's editor says that publishing Trump dodgy dossier is ‘how we see the job of reporters in 2017’”. Homing in on those exact words is the same tactic used by the Murdoch Sun last week. I’m sure it’s only a coincidence.
Then the Wikileaks Twitter feed loses it: “Is UK intervening in the US election? Former UK spy Steele wrote Trump ‘dossier’ … BBC launched ‘2nd dossier’ story via MoD linked journo”. Two things here. One, the US election is done, and whatever anyone thinks of the result it delivered, will not be rerun, so the “intervening” suggestion is bunk. And two, linking someone to an organisation does not mean there is actually a connection.
The next stage was denial: “Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen & alibi deny he was in Prague as was claimed in Trump dodgy dossier”. Mandy Rice Davies situation. And then came the priceless “Russian tech expert named in Trump 'dossier' says US intelligence never contacted him”. Well of course US intelligence didn’t contact him - the dossier was compiled by someone who was NOT working for US intelligence!
If Wikileaks wanted to tell the world that it is shilling for Trump, and probably also shilling for Moscow as well, it could not have played this one better. Nor could it have improved on the inference that it is closer to the Murdoch mafiosi than it has thus far let on. Perhaps Assange is getting stir crazy from his years banged up in that embassy. But if he’s playing for clemency from the Combover Crybaby, help may soon be at hand.

He’ll just be doing time in a Swedish jail instead. Victory can turn out to be a merely comparative thing.


Malcolm Redfellow said...

Have no fear: Oborne is on the case ...

And totally out-of-his tree, off-the-wall, etc.

Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.

And that start is sixteen months ago: September 2015. An unidentified but monied Republican donor hired Washington DC researchers, Fusion GPS, to do "due diligence" on Donald Trump. Fusion GPS is run by ex-WSJ Glenn R Simpson. That name is the co-author of Dirty Little Secrets : The Persistence of Corruption in American Politics, a study of how dirty money was used to manipulate the elections of 1994. Which suggests Simpson has form.

Once Trump was the winner in the primaries, the GOP-backer had no further motive to pursue "Oppo" (opposition) research.

The Clinton campaign, however, were very interested, especially when "Guccifer 2.0" began to issue regular hacks stolen from DNC servers. The DNC hired CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity operation, to pursue the leaks, and CrowdStrike traced the earlier "Guccifer"(presumably "Guccifer 1.0") to a Romanian, Marcel Lazar Lehel.

Lehel was already in the soup and being extradited for hacking the Bush family, Colin Powell and Sidney Blumenthal. Blumenthal features strongly in the Hillary Clinton e-mails. Lehel denies he is "Guccifer 2.0", but "Guccifer" and "Guccifer 2.0" have common obsessions — not just US politicos but the "Illuminati". Yes, folk, we really are that deep into the stirrings of the shrubbery.

More intriguing still, the metadata on the posts from "Guccifer 2.0" showed cyrillic user-names, and a reference to Dzerzhinsky, the director of the bolshevik Chekha. "Guccifer 2.0" engaged in a Twitter exchange with Motherboard, a VICE spin-off. The Motherboard end switched between English, Romanian and Russian in the exchange — when Russian was introduced, "Guccifer 2.0" broke contact, denying knowledge of the language. Shlomo Argamon, of taiaglobal.com analysed "Guccifer 2.0", and concluded his language-structures were Russian.

Fusion GPS (remember them? If not refer back to above) pursued the Russian link, which was how Christopher Steele, the ex-MI6 Russian expert, became involved. Steele was sufficiently disconcerted by what he "found" to pass it back to MI6, who thus were "in the loop" from July 2016.

It seems that Steele's material was in circulation from soon after that.

Senator McCain was involved when David J. Kramer passed a file. Kramer was formerly an Assistant Secretary of State in the Bush II Administration, and now works at the McCain Institute of the University of Arizona. McCain in turn passed it to FBI-direcector James B. Comey (yes, he of the anti-Hillary "October surprise"). It is hardly credible — since so many in politics and the media were aware of the document — that the FBI didn't already have knowledge.

The first public appearance of part of the file (not the salacious bits) was Mother Jones in the 31 October edition.

So, the more I read, the less credible is Oborne's take that this somehow undermines UK spookery with Washington. Trump, known for his spite and tendencies to hold festering grudges, is a different matter.

Both Simpson of Fusion GPS and Steele have now "gone to ground" — understandably so, either for self-protection or because they have a commodity with a future market-value.

We really do live in interesting times.

The Judge said...

See also this: http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/13/did-the-russians-really-hack-the-dnc/

(Sorry, I probably up-cocked the link there).

Add to this the fact that the former UK ambassador Craig Murray has stated that he received the leaked (not 'hacked') e-mails from a Democratic Party insider, and you can see that we are being propagandised into a Cold War. The corporate media on both sides of the water have swallowed it whole. See http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/13/why-ridiculous-official-propaganda-still-works/

Watcher234 said...

Look at the Judge falling for Conspiracy Theorist Craig Murrays claims even though he also claimed Steele isn't actually a person Wake up Judge even Trump has admitted Russia did the hacking. Russian Kleptocrats want nothing good for the West apart from our tax havens to hide their stolen wealth. For Russia to succeed the West must fail. Stop your ridiculous Illuminati nonsense . As for Assange he's never been a Leftie he is like most abusers a player .He played the Left until he found out they couldn't get him out of a sex abuse charge now he's playing the Right aka Trump.

Anonymous said...

Fake news. Intelligence reports.
Has somebody dug up Oswald Le Winter?

Lets see if Murdoch knows anything......

Alan Clifford said...

There will be no verification of the allegations against Trump. Sure he's an asshole, but he's not THAT much of an asshole.

Meanwhile, I haven't stopped laughing at this latest load of crap from the usual sources.

The Langley and Vauxhall Cross Friends have gone so gaga it's almost possible to write the next chapter of their soap opera for them.