(The thing I dislike most about this: Western Media cries foul on Russia for interfering (or not) in elections held in the West. With never a word about how many overseas Governments have been overthrown or sabotaged by the U.S. to serve the interests of their corporations, with never a mention about how many foreign leaders have been assassinated by the U.S. (see 2016-03-22 There are two sides to the story. Why do we hear only one? (Terrorists & Context: CIA – examples Mossadegh, Lumumba, Arbenz, Guevera, Allende))
There are many more examples. If the U.S. interferes in foreign elections (big time) every other “Power” in the world MUST do the same. They would be fools not to.
- listen to this 8 minute youtube, Craig Murray speaking in 2013.
- Then December 2016, read Murray’s words (short excerpt) from The Guardian, CIA concludes Russia interfered to help Trump (“Russia did it” – – American Election, leaked/hacked emails from the Democrats).
- Followed by a blunt excerpt from RT opinion
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2. CIA concludes Russia interfered to help Trump
win election, say reports
Note: I did not copy the first part of the article – – the title says it loud enough. The link above is to the whole article.
. . . . Craig Murray, the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, who is a close associate of Assange, called the CIA claims “bullshit”, adding: “They are absolutely making it up.”
“I know who leaked them,” Murray said. “I’ve met the person who leaked them, and they are certainly not Russian and it’s an insider. It’s a leak, not a hack; the two are different things.
“If what the CIA are saying is true, and the CIA’s statement refers to people who are known to be linked to the Russian state, they would have arrested someone if it was someone inside the United States.
“America has not been shy about arresting whistleblowers and it’s not been shy about extraditing hackers. . . .
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3. RT Opinion (blunt)
CONTINUING – – After “The CIA concludes” that Russia did it, Obama announced sanctions and booted out Russian diplomats. Putin meanwhile confirmed:
. . . a new ceasefire was announced in Syria; a ceasefire organized by Russia, Iran and Turkey, with the US playing no part. A bitter pill to swallow, indeed.
The fact the US was left out of these latest ceasefire negotiations will be yet another reminder to the Obama administration of where they failed on the global stage. A US presence at the negotiating table was irrelevant because three weeks from now Trump is expected to take a vastly different approach to Syria.
A year ago, after Turkey shot down a Russian jet over Syria, Russia-Turkey relations were dead in the water, seemingly never to be revived. If Moscow and Ankara can get from there to here, surely the US can think up better ‘solutions’ to their problems than kicking a few dozen diplomats out of New York and Maryland.
The Kremlin called the latest sanctions “unpredictable and even aggressive” in their response. One could easily disagree with that. The ‘agree with us or hit the road’ approach is standard and entirely predictable in US foreign policy. When you consider that forcibly removing foreign leaders from power is eternally more preferable than talking, throwing out diplomats over possibly fake hacking doesn’t seem so surprising.
Dangerous precedent on scant evidence
Imposing sanctions over unproven cyber attacks sets a dodgy precedent. It essentially means the CIA can continue to conjure up any wild claims it likes, and no one — not even the media — will question them. The White House can then go ahead and impose whatever kind of political sanctions it likes on its enemies as “retaliation” without having their hands tied by little things like evidence or the facts. That is dangerous.
Just look at how the next set of European elections are already being framed by Western media. Not only did Putin engineer Brexit in the UK and Trump’s election in the US — along with a few other less consequential European votes — but he apparently also has the French and German electorates firmly in his pocket, too. Who is to say that the CIA and their friends in Europe won’t come up with more tales of Russian interference if those elections don’t go their way either? We’re already being primed for it.
Last but certainly not least, it would be remiss to end without noting the sheer hypocrisy of the country best known for engineering coups and interfering in foreign elections having the audacity to throw a hissy fit at this level over the mere notion that someone could deliver a taste of their own medicine.
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