A Blatant Neo-Con Lie 86

It is a plain lie that Russia was responsible for the leak of the Democratic National Committee emails to WikiLeaks. It is quite extraordinary that the Obama administration formally adopted the accusation yesterday.

The US motivation is apparently to attempt to discredit in advance the further Hillary material that WikiLeaks plans to release in the coming month. The official statement that the leak was “consistent with the methods and motivation of Russian directed efforts” is carefully written by the NSA and, when you analyse it, extremely weak. What it says is “there is no evidence whatsoever but this is the sort of thing we think the Russians do”. As it happens, I have direct knowledge that there could not have been any evidence as it was not the Russians.

That the Obama administration has made a formal accusation of Russia based on no evidence is, on one level, astonishing. But it is motivated by desperation. WikiLeaks have already announced that they have a huge cache of other material relating to Hillary’s shenanigans. The White House is simply seeking to discredit it in advance by a completely false association with Russian intelligence.

It fascinates me that the media reports the story widely with no reference anywhere to what the DNC leak actually revealed – that the body organising the Democratic election had a consistent and active bias, doing everything possible to tilt the plating field and ensure that Hillary “won” against Bernie Sanders.

The US government cares so little about its relationship with Russia that it is prepared to launch completely false allegations at the Kremlin in order to influence a domestic election. The implications of that are chilling.

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86 thoughts on “A Blatant Neo-Con Lie

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  • Stuart Graham

    Every day brings fresh developments from the appalling world of politics. This week has brought xenophobia as a government policy (companies to prepare lists of foreigners, schools sending requests for birth certificates to parents); two UKIP MEPs having an ‘altercation’, the Trump tape revealing rampant misogyny and now this claim. There are no barrels that the occupants of power will not scrape to get their short-term way.
    Principles? Ideals? Values? All binned in the pursuit of power.

    • fred

      It’s been conference week it’s the same every year. Some idiot politician makes a speech and people bandy their words about as official government policy when more often than not they are ignored and forgotten.

      Here in Scotland the government already has a list of names and addresses of foreign nationals living here so I would doubt it isn’t the same for the UK as a whole.

    • Old Mark

      Here we go again; monitoring of the workforce by nationality = ‘forcing companies to prepare lists of foreigners’

      However mandatory monitoring of the workforce by ethnicity, as required by the Equalities Act- well of course that is all fine & dandy!

      The mixture of cognitive dissonance and paranoia that these statements by bitter Remainers exhibit is really something else.

  • Lilia Mironova

    What’s new, the US blames Russia for everything and anything, and western media just runs with the tails around the world without ever questioning what the US says. When the US bombs a hospital in Afganistsn or Sryia they quickly bring ul that Russia did something bad to deflect what they havr done. Its the same as lies about Iraq and weapons of mass distraction, no one challenges what’s said. Bring out the blame it on Putin hash tagg again.

  • Blair paterson

    We all know the bbc and the media only report what they want to but no one seems to be willing or able to stop them I honestly despair .., the truth still lies buried in an unmarked grave

  • Steve Hayes

    Blame Putin.

    The US elite, with the complicity of their vassals, are prepared to risk war with Russia in order to maintain its hegemony. That is beyond chilling.

  • Mick McNulty

    The behaviour of the US in recent years is the politics of children. That’s the problem, a powerful country with a ruthless military under the control of manipulative, greedy, lying, thieving children. I doubt they’ll grow up in time to learn how to deal with Russia and China. They still think they can lash out then run home again. They just don’t understand there’ll be no home to run to after their next confrontation.

  • Resident Dissident

    Of course Craig can rule out that there is no collaboration whatsoever between Wikileaks and the Russians?

    • Andrew Nichols

      Wikilleaks will publish anything that comes its way. It has no agenda but to make such stuff publicly known. The cleansing of light on nasty stuff is something we should all applaud. In a sane world where the Nobel committe werent just a bunch of corrupted imperial toadies crapping on Alfred Nobels clear instructions Assange /Snowden would have had the Peace Prize years ago.

      • Resident Dissident

        “It has no agenda but to make such stuff publicly known.”

        But strangely enough that never includes stuff about the Putin regime? Is it because all the former KGB officers in the regime have now repented and are the model of openness and even go as far as sponsoring the Sam Adams awards dinner at a Moscow hotel and the following year at a restaurant they own in Berlin?

  • MJ

    “the media reports the story widely with no reference anywhere to what the DNC leak actually revealed”

    Clearly the fact that Trump once made an off-colour remark about women (echoing a similar remark once made by Kissinger) is of far greater significance than the fact that Bill Clinton accepted a million dollar bribe in return for presidential approval of the Keystone pipeline.

    • Alcyone

      It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Trump comes out better for all this being what we consider as fairly normal. It’s small change when you consider the invasion of Libya, the subsequent gloating, the sheer lust for corrupt cash, the raw pursuit of power and associated greed and hyper ambition. If the choice is between The Devil and The Deep-blue-sea, I’ll take the choice of The Unknown deep-blue-sea over The Very-well-known Devil.

    • Tom Welsh

      I am absolutely certain that Bill Clinton has never made a lewd remark about women. Or, if he did, all witnesses to it have been killed and bodies very carefully hidden.

  • Andrew Nichols

    The implications of that are chilling.

    Given the media behaving just as they did in the lead up to WW1 – we are screwed. Countdown to Ww3 as the declining empire goes out in a final blaze of nuclear war.

  • Esclavo

    Nothing new about American administration lying. It’s how they operate.

    Here’s some:

    Gen Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the head of the US European Command, said that President Putin and Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad had “weaponised” migration through a campaign of bombardment against civilian centres.

    Russia is stoking the refugee crisis in Europe by stirring anger in Germany, with the aim of toppling Chancellor Angela Merkel, NATO’s senior-most expert on strategic communications claimed, according to the Guardian.

    US Peace Council Representatives condemn US Syrian narrative as a lie


    And probably the greatest source of lies on the planet today, the US State Department.

    Here’s some of theirs:

    US State Dept caught lying about Russian airstrikes in Syria

    WHOA! EMBARRASSING! US State Dept Reps Caught in Obvious Lie

    Listen to ‘Lyin’ John Kirby’ Explain Why a Boot on the Ground is Not Really a Boot on the Ground

    State Dept clown Kirby gets humiliated by journalists on MH17 radar data

    RT – US State Dept Grilled Over Claims Russian Airstrike Hit A Hospital In Syria

    Matt Lee: Any evidence Russia bombed hospitals in Syria? 05 Nov 2015

    US State Department: Slaying ’em in the aisles


    “Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first deprive of their senses.”
    – Anonymous ancient proverb

  • John Goss

    It all boils down to the fact that the US economy has become a busted flush. The United States has lost any sense of shame, any respect in the international community, and one lie follows another in the verbal death throes of the future corpse of Uncle Sam. As with all busted empires they are loathe to relinquish the glory that was Rome. The founding fathers had some good ideas but war always intervened. With a bankrupt and unsustainable economy the US has no other club in its bag than the biggest mass anihilation of the planet’s inhabitants in its greedy pursuit of world domination. Believe me, some madman or woman, will risk all to control the planet.

  • philw

    It kills two birds with one stone – further demonising the Russians and discrediting (or at least deflecting attention from) the wikileaks revelations.

    The Americans want a cold war – they want to upset the Russians

    • michael norton

      I really hope that the Clintons do not get back into power, they are more crazy than bat shit.

  • fedup

    FAO Craig;
    (pedant mode)….doing everything possible to tilt the plating field and ensure that Hillary “won” against Bernie Sanders. Ought this not be “Playing field”?

    Clearly when the bankruptcy of ideology and morality is the order of the day, there is no end to the lies and distortions that the ruling plutocrats will not stoop to and their stooges in the guise of disinformation hoards of the free loading journos working the oligarch owned media will not disseminate.

    Fact that in one corner we have a manifestly celebrating psycho whose enjoying the recantations of a death of another human being In the other a known xenophobe and racist is the choice of the leaders that is being foisted on the planet care of the banksters whom evidently now intend to own the planet lock stuck and barrels.

    • MJ

      “Ought this not be “Playing field”?”

      Now you mention it I think you’re right. I’d been thinking that tilting the plating field was something to do with pinball.

  • Tony

    And let us not forget:

    Recycling the Bush-era lies:

    In occupied Baghdad, Panetta told U.S. troops there, “The reason you guys are here is because on 9/11 the United States got attacked … and we’ve been fighting as a result of that.”
    It is possible that, for the past eight years, Panetta had been too busy living the lavish life of an establishment insider to know that the connection between Iraq and 9/11 was exposed as a lie and recognized as such by the majority of people in the United States long ago.


    I am not sure but I think Obama himself said this too.

  • Noonereally

    I am glad I am not alone in feeling this way. What’s more, I was utterly disgusted by the transparent active measure on Newsnight last night, where the ludicrous assertion that Hillary’s “win” was squeaky clean and the leak is just disinformation went totally unchallenged!

  • giyane

    “Motivated by desperation”

    And we get “WW3 will be very short and nasty, US says”, on our msn screen.
    China has floated its currency on the IMF. Toys. Prams. Comes to mind.

    As Trump so rightly pointed out, when he is not accidentally being recorded for exaggerated over-testosteroned celebrity banter, he will sort out the Middle East ” when we find out what the hell is going on “.


  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Leak was attempt to keep the international world from seeing clearly what the US is up to, far away from Washington and any elections like in the Philippines, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, the Baltic, North Korea, the Caribbean,. etc., ad nauseam.

    And Russia trying to influence the US election is clearly in its interest with various Russopjhobes trying harder to weaken it, and if it weren’t trying, it should sack the heads of its security services/.

    And Washington should sack the heads of its security services for not better protecting what its real secrets are.

    And electing rabid rapist Donald will only make matters immediately worse.

    • Resident Dissident

      Perhaps there might be such a thing as Russophiles who are Putinphobes. KGBphobes, Leninistphobes and Stalinphobes? Has that ever crossed your mind.

      Was Anna Politkovskaya a Russophobe?

      • Trowbridge H. Ford

        Of course, it has, but I just don’t blame everything on Putin or other Russian leaders, even heads of the KGB, when it is just part of a Western covert operation and cover up.

        You are clearly an unthinking Russophobe.

        • Resident Dissident

          Clearly not – my wife is Russian and all our children have dual nationality. Or perhaps I’m a self hating Russophobe?

          • Trowbridge H. Ford

            Clearly, you have hardly a clue about even yourself as even your children are only half, non-residentf Russians..

            Perhaps you should be interested in KGB chiefs who did some good?

          • Resident Dissident

            Perhaps you should be interested in KGB chiefs who did some good?

            I’ve yet to read that very short work of fiction and the Russian fiction I read is of a little higher quality.

          • Trowbridge H. Ford

            Actually Vladimir Kryuchkov had a long history of keeping up with Anglo-American first strike threats, and he fortunately was on top of the one to be triggered by Palme’s murder

  • fedup

    BTW anyone remotely literate in searching the internet would have come across the resources about Guccifer, and Guccifer 2.0 whom have owned up to the hacking of the DNC servers. In fact a search of wikipedia would have clarified it. But as we know the free loaders in the oligarch owned media don’t have time for such a mundane searches, and would rather get the verification from Jesus, or whoever is the next best to him!

    We don’t need no facts, we are Journalists is the motto! As for the rest who deviate from the presented facts by the journos, well do we really have to even remotely entertain such miserable from such a obvious conspiracy theorists to a man of them!

    • Trowbridge H. Ford

      Oh right, and don’t forget Putin assassinating Sasha, Yasser, Boris. another Boris and anyone else that the murdering cunts, your terminology to match Trump’s, at MI6 chose to blame.

      And the only connection I have with the KGB is seeing that I and almost everyone else was not incinerated when the Anglo-Americans tried to take out the USSR and Russia at Olof Palme/s expense.

      • Resident Dissident

        “Of course the murdering cunts responsible for that crime are still in power – and will you hear a word of criticism from the Putin regime from some commenting here?”

        Clearly not from Trowbridge.

        • Trowbridge H. Ford

          Wrong again.

          I have been quite critical of Putin for sinking the Estonia when less drastic attempts to stop the illegal shipping of contraband from Russia failed.

          I don’t support murder by anyone, anywhere.

          • Resident Dissident

            I’ve heard many tales of what Putin was up to in 1994, some of which I have seen direct evidence for, but they usually involve feathering the nest of himself and Sobchak by abusing his position in the St Petersburg administration, but I somehow doubt he had time to go off to Tallinn and arrange for a ferry to be sunk.

            I’m glad you don’t support murder as there were not a few opponents of the Petersburg administration who did meet grisly ends.

          • Trowbridge H. Ford

            Didn’t have to go to Tallinn to sink the Estonia, just had to booby-trap the contraband so when the ferry started taking on water, it exploded.

            Explains why Stockholm despite the end of the Cold War has been most opposed to disclosing the sabotage, but anti-Russian ever since.

          • Resident Dissident

            “Didn’t have to go to Tallinn to sink the Estonia,” – well that might be the case, but I don’t think Putin was in a position to do so in 1994, nor did he have the means and I’m pretty sure he didn’t have the motivation either at that time. His escalation to power as Berezovskys’s chosen successor to Yeltsin was still a few years away. If you are going to make up these silly rumours you can at least get your chronology right.

          • Trowbridge H. Ford

            Just more nonsense from you.

            Putin was the KGB resident in charge in Dresden when the showdown with Moscow occurred, and had the authority to launch the 82 nuclear-armed SS-23s if the shooting started.

            And it was his job in St, Peter to stop the illegal export of strategic contraband from Russia through the Baltic States to the West.

          • Resident Dissident

            LOL – the collapse of the Berlin Wall was all a western inspired plot and Kryuchkov was the good guy trying to stop it all by his judicious use of mental asylums to deal with the ringleaders. Putin’s dodgy foreign trade dealings in Petersburg of course had nothing to do with personal enrichment, but were just a way of obtaining funds for the cause.

          • Why be ordinary?

            If you think that the local KGB resident in a provincial city had sole authority to launch nukes then you really aren’t worth reading

  • Sharp Ears

    Coincidence or conspiracy? US govt officially accuses Russia of hacks during Clinton email dump
    Published time: 7 Oct, 2016 22:13
    Edited time: 8 Oct, 2016 13:.29

    US intelligence officials claimed Moscow is behind the hacks and leaks related to the 2016 elections as the State Department accused Russia of “war crimes” and released the latest Hillary Clinton emails. Social media users wondered if this was a coincidence.

    The Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statement on Friday afternoon, saying that US intelligence was “confident that the Russian government directed” the hacks of emails and documents and their posting on WikiLeaks, DCLeaks, and the blog of the hacker calling himself “Guccifer 2.0.”

    Curiously, the announcement came at 3:30 p.m. ET, just as the State Department was releasing more emails pertaining to Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. The 350 pages of emails were recovered by the FBI as part of their investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server, and a federal judge ordered them released after Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by Judicial Watch and VICE News journalist Jason Leopold. The releases were scheduled for October 7, October 21 and November 4.

    The FBI announced it was closing the investigation and not recommending any charges against Clinton right after the July 4 holiday weekend, with Director James Comey taking the unprecedented step of laying out his reasoning in a press conference. This has led to charges of favoritism toward Clinton, who is the Democratic Party candidate for president.

    Emails and documents belonging to the Democratic National Committee were first released in June by Guccifer 2.0, but the DNC did not react until WikiLeaks released more files – which Guccifer 2.0 said he supplied to them – on the eve of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

    Within hours, the Clinton campaign was accusing Russia and President Vladimir Putin personally of being behind the leaks, without disputing any of the documents’ authenticity or content.

    While the media have reported the accusation as fact, Friday was the first time any agency of the US government was willing to officially stand behind it – even as relations between Moscow and Washington were reaching boiling point over Syria.

    Within a half-hour of the DHS-DNI statement and the State Department’s email release, the Washington Post released a 2005 tape of Republican candidate Donald Trump’s remarks during the taping of a TV show. The paper, which has endorsed Clinton, held up the comments as proof of Trump’s sexism and disrespect for women.

    By 4:30 p.m., however, WikiLeaks was releasing the first part of emails belonging to the Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

    Friday afternoon is the traditional time for “taking out the trash” in Washington, with most people headed home for the weekend and the revelations unlikely to stay on top of the news cycle the coming Monday.

    Plus a video and tweets


  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Instead of this endless buck=passing about the constitutional crisis that the country is facing in these elections, why doesn’t the leadership of both parties say that they will resort to the impeactment of either candidate if elected, and have the Senate decide the legitmacy of the complaints?

  • Paul Barbara

    ‘Russia launches massive nuclear war training exercise with ’40 million people’:

    The Russians have no illusions about Western plans for World Domination, and will not ‘roll over’. It is not Russia which wants war, but the bankrupt, impossibly-indebted West. Our illustrious ‘leaders’ and their Bankster and Corporate puppeteers will have their deep bunkers, but the mugs who elected the creeps aren’t even being told to prepare – probably because then the public might kick back against their ‘leaders’ militarism and wars.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Why does anyone with half a brain, and some moral consciousness provide Trump with excuses for his vile talk which showed that he is a serial rapist.

    He even only apologized about talking about it, not what he has done.

    • Paul Barbara

      You should read ‘Access Denied: For Reasons of National Security’ by Cathy O’Brien, to see what an evil trollop Clinton is.
      She, her ‘Hubby’, and Trump all belong inside, as do their puppet-masters.

  • Justin

    Russia has tolerated a lot from their counterparts in Washington and that includes what happened in Libya. It is time the hypocratic Regime change and the murders of legitmate leaders stop. And that starts in Syria.

  • ron

    The stupid USA doing what the stupid USA always do – to protect its own it throws crap at others. The deceit is open for ll to see. Their military can shout all they want. If the Americans, again, take this planet to the brink of extinction they will lose – you cannot spend the last 100 years fighting as many wars in ‘other’ countries and claim your aim is peace – it is not – it is global hegemony. I particularly like the UNs role in ‘tempering’ their desires – NOT!!!

    • nevermind

      We can only hope that they lop missiles across the Bering sea first before the s..t hits the fan here in Europe, at least we’ll have enough time to walk outside the house, for a quick instant death, I’d hate to be incinerated whilst lifting a spoon of Millet gruel and banana.

        • Resident Dissident

          It’s his own boys being a little trigger happy that he needs to worry about. I’m surprised that he let Kadyrov’s killers get so close to the Kremlin.

          • Trowbridge H. Ford

            Just another example of your making up stuff to show that Putin has never accomplished anythoing.

            The FSB blew up Kadyrov’s killer, Shamill Basayov, two years later.

            And for what was going on in the GDR when Palme was assassinated, read Mark Urban’s book. UK Eyes Alpha.

  • nevermind

    RD opined earlier that
    “My guess is that Wikileaks is the source for Craig’s claim – and they are not an impartial source either. Go on they can sue away as well.”

    Sigh, go on clever dick, name one impartial news outlet agency state or entity as unbiased. You can be such a bore at times.

  • Dave

    Trump’s, “I’ll talk to Putin” was encouraging, but after meeting the Israel PM, he’s gone mad on the Iran deal and is sounding as crazy as Clinton, but may be bluffing. So the terrible choice is between a known evil and a sounds like but not definite evil.

  • Paul Barbara

    @ Trowbridge H. Ford October 9, 2016 at 14:21
    ‘Just another example of your making up stuff to show that Putin has never accomplished anythoing.
    The FSB blew up Kadyrov’s killer, Shamill Basayov, two years later.
    And for what was going on in the GDR when Palme was assassinated, read Mark Urban’s book. UK Eyes Alpha.’

    I cannot give an informed opinion of the book, as I haven’t read it, nor do I wish to.
    But here are a few snippets which may cast doubt upon any ‘facts’ Mr. Urban (by the way, ‘Urban Moving Systems’ owned the truck with the mural of a plane heading into one of the Twin Towers, seen and stopped on 9/11 – the owner fled back to a ‘Middle East’ country before he could be questioned, and just happened to be a Mossad agent – also, one of the ‘B-Thing’ ‘artists’ who built the ramp thing that was briefly deployed through one of the windows (after removal of the glass) in one of the Towers was also named ‘Urban’ – seems a common name for dodgy characters). comes up with. One could be forgiven for assuming a rather massive ‘bias’ in anything he says, does or writes.

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