LET’S TALK ABOUT NK, NYT + SUSPECT RUSSIAN DISINFO
The New York Times reports – and there should be some pretty heavy quotations there – “North Korea’s success in testing an intercontinental ballistic missile that appears able to reach the United States was made possible by black-market purchases of powerful rocket engines probably from a Ukrainian factory with historical ties to Russia’s missile program”. The article sites Michael Elleman of the International Institute of Strategic Studies as their primary source. According to The New York Times, “Analysts who studied photographs of the North’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, inspecting the new rocket motors concluded that they derive from designs that once powered the Soviet Union’s missile fleet.” Now let’s turn to how this New York Times article tries to pin it on Ukraine as “Those engines were linked to only a few former Soviet sites. Government investigators and experts have focused their inquiries on a missile factory in Dnipro, Ukraine,” adding, “During the Cold War, the factory made the deadliest missiles in the Soviet arsenal, including the giant SS-18. It remained one of Russia’s primary producers of missiles even after Ukraine gained independence.” According to The New York Times, “the state-owned factory, known as Yuzhmash, has fallen on hard times” since 2014 and Viktor Yanukovych’s ouster. Now let’s get to Ellemen who is quoted, “It’s likely that these engines came from Ukraine — probably illicitly”. Ok. One problem: then Ellemen wrote on Twitter after The New York Times article appeared, evidently displeased with the spin of the story, “Let me be clear about DPRK’s source of ICBM engine: Yuzhnoye is one of several possible sources, there are other potentials in Russia,” adding in a second tweet, “I don’t believe Ukr government condoned or knew, if the engines were sourced in Ukr. To the contrary, Ukr arrested North Koreans in 2012!” That is quite literally completely different than what The New York Times has with its laser focus on Ukraine. Why is it that The New York Times keeps publishing articles that would please Russia? Is it a coincidence or perhaps something more sinister? Note: Elleman, the sole expert source for The New York Times story did not share their piece of work on Twitter either. And a top national security official in the government of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Oleksandr Turchynov was very quick to condemn the report: “Ukrainian defense and aerospace complex did not supply weapons and military technology to North Korea.” Count this as a big probable disinformation victory for Russia, as Ukraine already has according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Oops The New York Times did Russian disinfo again. Thankfully the smoking gun is not a mushroom cloud.
TRUMP CAN’T CRITICIZE FAR RIGHT + RUSSIA + THEY ARE LINKED
Business Insider reports, “Trump’s refusal to unambiguously condemn the white supremacists who organized and marched at Friday’s ‘Unite The Right’ rally, which continued into Saturday, reminded many of his reluctance to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin.” Business Insider notes Republican strategist Rick Wilson tweeted, “Your 5,000th reminder: Donald Trump will go to Twitter war with anyone who displeases him,” adding, “Except Putin, Nazis and white-supremacists.” Business Insiders adds, “Whether Trump feels an ideological connection to Putinisim or white nationalism — which are closely linked — is not totally clear.” Business Insider reports, “White supremacy — manifested frequently as anti-Semitism — is inextricably linked to the worldview of many alt-right admirers of Putin’s Russia.” According to Business Insider, David Duke, the notorious neo-Nazi Trump failed to condemn unequivocally during his campaign, has traveled to Russia many times and his anti-Semitic “book has been sold openly in the main lobby of the State Duma (Congress) for the equivalent of about $2.” According to Business Insider, Duke even maintains an apartment in Moscow, which he sublets to Preston Wiginton who is described as “a white supremacist from Texas”. Of course there are also notorious far right figure Richard “Spencer’s ties to Russia, which he has called the ‘sole white power in the world,’” that “go deeper. He was married until October to Russian writer and self-proclaimed ‘Kremlin troll leader’ Nina Kouprianova, whose writing under the pen name Nina Byzantina regularly aligns with Kremlin talking points.” There is also a lot of love between Aleksandr Dugin, the Kremlin propagandist, and Alex Jones, the Trump propagandist. Make no mistake: Russia loves neo-Nazis and white nationalists! Human garbage will always have a home in Russia.
From Business Insider.
TRUMP CAMPAIGN AIDE WANTED TO BROKER TRUMP-PUTIN MEETING
The Washington Post reports, “Three days after Donald Trump named his campaign foreign policy team in March 2016, the youngest of the new advisers,” George Papadopoulos, “sent an email to seven campaign officials with the subject line: ‘Meeting with Russian Leadership – Including Putin.’” According to The Washington Post, “The proposal sent a ripple of concern through campaign headquarters in Trump Tower,” but clearly not a tsunami-like wave. The Washington Post reports, “Campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis wrote that he thought NATO allies should be consulted before any plans were made. Another Trump adviser, retired Navy Rear Adm. Charles Kubic, cited legal concerns, including a possible violation of U.S. sanctions against Russia and of the Logan Act, which prohibits U.S. citizens from unauthorized negotiation with foreign governments.” However, The Washington Post notes, “Papadopoulos, a campaign volunteer with scant foreign policy experience, persisted.” The Washington Post reports, “Between March and September, the self-described energy consultant sent at least a half-dozen requests for Trump, as he turned from primary candidate to party nominee, or for members of his team to meet with Russian officials.” So brazen was this effort even campaign manager Manafort was concerned, The Washington Post claims, adding, “The exchanges are among more than 20,000 pages of documents the Trump campaign turned over to congressional committees this month after review by White House and defense lawyers.”
From The Washington Post.
MANAFORT + A RUSSIAN DIRTY MONEY REAL ESTATE DEAL IN NEW YORK
The Daily Beast reports Trump’s former campaign manager “Paul Manafort partnered on an $850 New York real estate deal with an ally of Vladimir Putin,” Oleg Deripaska, “and a Ukrainian moneyman whom the Justice Department recently described as an ‘organized crime member,’” Dmytro Firtash. And the source? Oh Manafort’s business partner and “fellow alumnus of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign” Rick Gates, who wrote a memo about it in 2008 where “Gates enthused about finalizing with the financing necessary to acquire New York’s louche Drake Hotel.” The hope was to rename it Bulgari Tower and of course line everyone’s pockets. The deal is likely to be a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry. While “Firtash’s alliance with Manafort to acquire the Drake has been reported before,” The Daily Beast notes, “far less attention has gone to the involvement of another party: Oleg Deripaska”. According to an AP report cited by The Daily Beast, in 2006, Deripaska “signed a $10 million annual contract with Manafort”. The Daily Beast reports however, “Manafort was more than Deripaska’s political operative,” but also his business partner. The deal never materialized but there is a trail of court documents that should be of great interest to Mueller and his team implicating Manafort in the shady deal, which could have been little more than an effort to ensnare Manafort in Russia’s web of kompramat.
From The Daily Beast.
PENCE SAYS HE “NEVER WITNESSED” ANY RUSSIA COLLUSION
CBS News reports, “Vice President Mike Pence says he ‘never witnessed’ any evidence of collusion between the Russian government and Trump campaign officials during the 2016 campaign, and reaffirmed his commitment to cooperating with the special counsel’s investigation into Russian election interference and possible Russian ties to the Trump organization.” Speaking in Cartagena, Colombia, Pence said, “during all of my experience on the campaign, I never witnessed any evidence of collusion or any of the allegations, I’m not aware of that ever having occurred.” Think he’s angling to be the 46th president any time soon? Signs point to yes.
From CBS News.
AP CONFIRMS VOLKER-SURKOV MEET BY THE END OF THE MONTH
The AP reports, “Volker has proposed a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Putin ally Vladislav Surkov, before the end of the month. Lavrov said after his talks with Tillerson that the meeting would be in Moscow. U.S. officials say no venue has been determined, with the neutral venues of Geneva or Vienna also in play.” This comes against the backdrop of an ongoing debate about whether to provide lethal aide to Ukraine, which is losing men and women daily to Russian aggression so we can all live freely. The AP notes, “Volker, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO who is known as a Russia hawk, supports arming Ukraine. Such action, he says, would boost the U.S. negotiating position in the east and offer Kiev the means to defend itself”. TRUMPISTAN WATCH concurs.
From the AP.
JOHN MCCAIN CONDEMNS FAR RIGHT ATTACKS ON MCMASTER
CBS News reports, “Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, called the ‘the so-called “alt-right”’ movement’s attacks on President Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster ‘disgraceful’ in a statement released” on Monday. Recall, “Right-wing groups and websites have criticized McMaster after his removal of several people from the National Security Council (NSC),” which should be much bigger news than it is because three complete conspiracy nuts were ousted in recent weeks. According to CBS News, McCain’s statement reads in part, “Since this fringe movement cannot attract the support of decent Americans, it resorts to impugning the character of a good man and outstanding soldier who has served honorably in uniform and sacrificed more for our country than any of his detractors ever have”.
From CBS News.
ZAPAD WATCH: PRE-GAME PREPARATORY STAGE UPDATES
IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly reports, “On 9 August, Russia’s Northern Fleet, the most powerful of its four fleets, began a special large-scale exercise as a preparatory phase of the ‘Zapad 2017’ joint drill scheduled for 14-20 September”. IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly adds, “An indicator of the importance of the exercise is that it is commanded directly by the commander-in-chief of the navy, Admiral Vladimir Ivanovich Korolev, who was appointed in April.” According to IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, “About 50 vessels, including submarines and support ships, will take part, as well as aircraft and helicopters from Russia’s Aerospace Forces (VKS). Among other planned participants are the nuclear-powered Kirov class battle cruiser Pyotr Velikiy and the Project 941 Typhoon class nuclear ballistic missile submarine Dmitri Donskoy.” Meanwhile in Belarus, the Belarusian Telegraph Agency reports the country’s First Deputy Defense Minister Oleg Belokonev spoke on Belarusian television and said, “Two major final events will begin soon — an exercise for the logistics and technical support system and a tactical exercise for air force units.”
REAL FAKE NEWS AS RUSSIA FAKES GUARDIAN ARTICLE
The Times of London reports, “Pro-Kremlin operators are suspected of being behind a sophisticated ‘fake news’ article claiming that MI6 masterminded a plot to destabilise Russia.” According to The Times of London, “The hoax article, which was designed to look like a Guardian online news story, purported to be an interview with Sir John Scarlett, the former head of MI6.” In Russia’s real fake news report, “Sir John is quoted as claiming that the Rose Revolution in Georgia in 2003 was organised by British and American intelligence agencies to bring about the ‘strategic disintegration’ of Russia.” While the disintegration of Russia would be a dream, sadly the news is entirely fake and faked by Russia.
From The Times of London.
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RESISTANCE ADVICE: TEN WAYS TO FIGHT HATE
The Southern Poverty Law Center released “Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide,” which is free to download. With more white nationalist hate rallies this weekend and one involving known Kremlin disinfo agent-linked troll Cassandra Fairbanks, time to step up the fight for our freedom in this country and show that we are not afraid. Perhaps most important for TRUMPISTAN WATCH to highlight as it concerns Russia is that the Southern Poverty Law Center correctly writes, “Hate is an attack on a community’s health.” Again, this is home grown horror but it is very acceptable to Russia, which as detailed has numerous links to far right actors. Fighting white nationalists and neo-Nazis also means fighting Russia.
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