The CIA’s Absence of Conviction 329


I have watched incredulous as the CIA’s blatant lie has grown and grown as a media story – blatant because the CIA has made no attempt whatsoever to substantiate it. There is no Russian involvement in the leaks of emails showing Clinton’s corruption. Yes this rubbish has been the lead today in the Washington Post in the US and the Guardian here, and was the lead item on the BBC main news. I suspect it is leading the American broadcasts also.

A little simple logic demolishes the CIA’s claims. The CIA claim they “know the individuals” involved. Yet under Obama the USA has been absolutely ruthless in its persecution of whistleblowers, and its pursuit of foreign hackers through extradition. We are supposed to believe that in the most vital instance imaginable, an attempt by a foreign power to destabilise a US election, even though the CIA knows who the individuals are, nobody is going to be arrested or extradited, or (if in Russia) made subject to yet more banking and other restrictions against Russian individuals? Plainly it stinks. The anonymous source claims of “We know who it was, it was the Russians” are beneath contempt.

As Julian Assange has made crystal clear, the leaks did not come from the Russians. As I have explained countless times, they are not hacks, they are insider leaks – there is a major difference between the two. And it should be said again and again, that if Hillary Clinton had not connived with the DNC to fix the primary schedule to disadvantage Bernie, if she had not received advance notice of live debate questions to use against Bernie, if she had not accepted massive donations to the Clinton foundation and family members in return for foreign policy influence, if she had not failed to distance herself from some very weird and troubling people, then none of this would have happened.

The continued ability of the mainstream media to claim the leaks lost Clinton the election because of “Russia”, while still never acknowledging the truths the leaks reveal, is Kafkaesque.

I had a call from a Guardian journalist this afternoon. The astonishing result was that for three hours, an article was accessible through the Guardian front page which actually included the truth among the CIA hype:

The Kremlin has rejected the hacking accusations, while the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has previously said the DNC leaks were not linked to Russia. A second senior official cited by the Washington Post conceded that intelligence agencies did not have specific proof that the Kremlin was “directing” the hackers, who were said to be one step removed from the Russian government.
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. They plainly have no knowledge whatsoever.”

But only three hours. While the article was not taken down, the home page links to it vanished and it was replaced by a ludicrous one repeating the mad CIA allegations against Russia and now claiming – incredibly – that the CIA believe the FBI is deliberately blocking the information on Russian collusion. Presumably this totally nutty theory, that Putin is somehow now controlling the FBI, is meant to answer my obvious objection that, if the CIA know who it is, why haven’t they arrested somebody. That bit of course would be the job of the FBI, who those desperate to annul the election now wish us to believe are the KGB.

It is terrible that the prime conduit for this paranoid nonsense is a once great newspaper, the Washington Post, which far from investigating executive power, now is a sounding board for totally evidence free anonymous source briefing of utter bullshit from the executive.

In the UK, one single article sums up the total abnegation of all journalistic standards. The truly execrable Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian writes “Few credible sources doubt that Russia was behind the hacking of internal Democratic party emails, whose release by Julian Assange was timed to cause maximum pain to Hillary Clinton and pleasure for Trump.” Does he produce any evidence at all for this assertion? No, none whatsoever. What does a journalist mean by a “credible source”? Well, any journalist worth their salt in considering the credibility of a source will first consider access. Do they credibly have access to the information they claim to have?

Now both Julian Assange and I have stated definitively the leak does not come from Russia. Do we credibly have access? Yes, very obviously. Very, very few people can be said to definitely have access to the source of the leak. The people saying it is not Russia are those who do have access. After access, you consider truthfulness. Do Julian Assange and I have a reputation for truthfulness? Well in 10 years not one of the tens of thousands of documents WikiLeaks has released has had its authenticity successfully challenged. As for me, I have a reputation for inconvenient truth telling.

Contrast this to the “credible sources” Freedland relies on. What access do they have to the whistleblower? Zero. They have not the faintest idea who the whistleblower is. Otherwise they would have arrested them. What reputation do they have for truthfulness? It’s the Clinton gang and the US government, for goodness sake.

In fact, the sources any serious journalist would view as “credible” give the opposite answer to the one Freedland wants. But in what passes for Freedland’s mind, “credible” is 100% synonymous with “establishment”. When he says “credible sources” he means “establishment sources”. That is the truth of the “fake news” meme. You are not to read anything unless it is officially approved by the elite and their disgusting, crawling whores of stenographers like Freedland.

The worst thing about all this is that it is aimed at promoting further conflict with Russia. This puts everyone in danger for the sake of more profits for the arms and security industries – including of course bigger budgets for the CIA. As thankfully the four year agony of Aleppo comes swiftly to a close today, the Saudi and US armed and trained ISIS forces counter by moving to retake Palmyra. This game kills people, on a massive scale, and goes on and on.

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329 thoughts on “The CIA’s Absence of Conviction

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  • Loony

    Clinton represents the continuation of a global looting project and Trump does not (or if he does then it will be a different form of looting with different beneficiaries). Hence the un-contained and un-controlled rage of the looters.

    The Washington Post is owned by Jeff Bezos. Bezos has a $600 million contract with the CIA for the provision of IT services. The CIA bid this contract and the offer from Bezos was not the lowest cost solution. Bezos is motivated to publish anything that the CIA asks him to publish or anything that he thinks will garner the favor of the CIA.

    The NYT is largely controlled by Carlos Slim – the richest man in Mexico. It is hard to live in Mexico without buying something that is connected to a Carlos Slim business. The millions of Mexicans in the US routinely send money back to their families in Mexico. This money is at least partly recycled into Carlos Slim businesses. Mexico does not need to provide public utility services for these expatriate workers and yet the Mexican (Carlos Slim) economy still gets the cash injections from these workers paychecks.

    Any attempt by Trump to curtail the Mexican presence in the US has the potential to adversely effect the wealth of Carlos Slim. Therefore through the NYT Slim is motivated to publish anything that is deleterious to Trump,

    As for Europe no-one knows for certain the actual penetration of the media by operatives of Operation Mockingbird. Dr. Udo Ulfkotte provides some clue – but his revelations are largely ignored.

    http://northwestlibertynews.com/top-german-journalist-lie-cia-mainstream-media-completely-fake/

  • John Spencer-Davis

    What I find most remarkable in Gayle’s article is this:

    “The emails were steadily leaked via WikiLeaks in the months before the election, damaging Clinton’s White House run by revealing that DNC figures had colluded to harm the chances of her nomination rival Bernie Sanders, and later giving examples of collusion between her campaign and figures in the media to blindside Trump in debates.”

    Uh, do these not strike the mainstream media as important stories?

    • DennisinJapan

      Fox News, and some other outlets did run the story of collusion hard… but 90% did not.

      CNN was exonerated, because Donna Brazile, interim chairperson of Democratic National Chairperson, and CNN contract worker, who fed the CNN questions to Clinton, was relieved of her CNN duties.
      She is human, she made a mistake…. BUT RUSSIA HACKED THE COMPUTERS AND IS TRYING TO INFLUENCE THE ELECTION!

      Many news outlets basically ignored Assange’s assertions… after all, he is a fugitive of law, working in collusion with Russia!

  • MJ

    “this rubbish has been the lead today in the Washington Post in the US and the Guardian here, and was the lead item on the BBC main news”

    I think it’s called fake news.

    • fred

      The news it was the main story you mean?

      I read the BBC news website this morning and missed it completely. Had to go back and click on “World” then “US and Canada” to find any mention. Can’t find it on the Guardian web site at all.

      • fekhjfe

        were you on bbc.co.uk or bbc.com
        As far as I recall it was front page on bbc.co.uk – if you are in the USA you get redirected to bbc.com and get a different set of stories.

  • Michael Robinson

    “And it should be said again and again, that if Hillary Clinton had not connived with the DNC to fix the primary schedule to disadvantage Bernie, if she had not received advance notice of live debate questions to use against Bernie, if she had not accepted massive donations to the Clinton foundation and family members in return for foreign policy influence, if she had not failed to distance herself from some very weird and troubling people, then none of this would have happened. ”

    Quite.

    And I, for one, will never forget, and never forgive the Clintons for what they did to Alexander Litvinenko.

  • Resident Dissident

    The CIA on one side, Craig and Assange on the other. I think I’ll wait to see further evidence before forming my own view.

        • Loony

          Allow me to help you out with the English language

          Non sequitur means a conclusion or statement that does not follow logically from the previous argument or statement.

          All I did was to point out that in addition to Craig and Assange Barack Obama also takes a different view to that espoused by the CIA. Given that Obama is the President of the US it is surely of some interest that the Commander in Chief of US forces has a view that apparently differs from that held by one of his major intelligence agencies.

          You stated that you were awaiting further evidence prior to reaching a conclusion as to whether you found Murray and Assange to be more credible than the CIA. Surely the fact that the POTUS (a man in possession of more information than you or I) comes down on the side of the recent elections being free of material Russian influence is evidence that a rational person would weigh carefully in reaching their decision on this matter.

          • Resident Dissident

            Barack Obama’s stated view in the article to which you long was regarding whether the hacking swayed the election not as to whether it occurred or not – so using your own definition it was a non sequitur. In fact I think you will find that Craig tried to argue that the leaks did influence the result of the election but that isn’t what we were talking about.

  • John

    Thank you very much. There has been so much irrational reporting, it disgusts me. Appreciate all you do for truth and freedom of the press.

  • Sabrina

    Hello Mr Craig

    Thanks for yur honesty and your sincerity in this article. People are now starting to wake up and Obama’s move is another way of sabotaging Donald Trump. I hope for the lives of millions of people in the world that we now start making a change for our future generations to live in countries where there is not corruption in politics, religion, education, etc. We are tired of being manipulated by the 99% richest and powerful people in the world. They want to destroy our human race by creating divisions, diseases, hanger, no providing good education so people turn into drug dealing and gangs, etc. I today thank you for your honesty and God bless you

    Merry christmas and a happy new year….

    • Resident Dissident

      Given that Putin has been found providing support to hard right nationalists throughout Europe, why do you think that he would stop at the Atlantic Ocean?

    • Heike

      People who voted for Trump are either 100% behind his bigotry, or they are 100% okay with it; there is no effective difference between the two. Apathy is just as dangerous as active hatred.

      Yes, actually, if Hillary had said something so blatantly abusive, had run on a platform of racism, sexism, Islamaphobia, classism, ableism, and basically further disenfranchisement for anyone who isn’t a white Christian straight cisgender male – yes, I’d feel exactly the same way about her and anyone who voted for her (and probably be looking for a bridge to jump off, if both of our candidates were so uniformly awful). Because it doesn’t matter who does it, it’s equally as crappy. It’s not about championing a particular issue, it’s about not championing the administration who literally wants to institute policies that will kill people.

      It hit me so hard because no matter how much I gave dire warnings to the people who handwaved Trump’s chances away, I never truly expected him to win. I never, ever, in my heart of hearts, believed that so many people in my country believed in his racist, sexist, ableist, vile rhetoric.

      • Loony

        Heike You write “It’s about not championing the administration who literally wants to institute policies that will kill people”

        Are you deranged? What do think Vietnam was all about, or Nicaragua, or Iraq (twice), installing the Pinochet regime, the overthrow of Mossadeq, Libya, Cuba, Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Panama, Grenada, etc etc. There is a long list and substantially every US administration institutes policies that are literally designed to kill people.

        Or could it be that you have some special people in mind – perhaps people like you and fuck everyone else. Maybe you should look in the mirror if you are interested in vile rhetoric.

      • Herbie

        I’m sorry, but you’re talking complete and utter shite.

        You haven’t the faintest clue what going on in the world today.

        And what’s at stake.

        Turn off the TV, and do some reading of history, or simply look into the Clinton Foundation.

        And forget the identity politics.

        It’s simply a fraud.

      • Candice

        Nobody “believed” in “racist, sexist, ableist, vile rhetoric.” This may be way out of your limited dimension of consciousness, but every time you insult tens of millions of other people by spewing that nonsense, (you come off as completely incapable of understanding anything beyond sticks and stones) you are actually severely hurting your cause, and helping Trump into 8 years, not just 4. People are motivated by their circumstances, not their (alleged) prejudices.

  • Deepgreenpuddock

    I wonder how much ‘the truth’ really counts for.
    I guess the biggest thing going on at the moment is the Syria war. The interesting thing about this is that
    Russia has re-asserted a decisive role in the world, possibly for the first time in the world that emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
    To say that this ‘incommodes’ the US and the all its associated sympathisers and supporters is to put it very mildly indeed. I can imagine that the position is intensely frustrating to the US which certainly regards its position as unassailable-it certainly enjoys the presumption of dominance.
    The point here is that the US and NATO, by far the biggest spender on arms and by far the most powerful military bloc is being frustrated by a much smaller unit.
    Of course the dominance of the US/NATO is based upon the overwhelming superiority in nuclear arms but it seems that such weapons are of little use in a complex conflict such as Syria, where there are numerous factions and the position of each is very fluid and variable. Big, powerful, organisations may not have the delicate means of intervention that are required in such a complex situation and may not be able to finesse the situation to their advantage.

    Without the Russian intervention Assad would certainly have fallen long ago and this would have further exposed and weakened Iran. It is difficult to avoid the sense that the Syria conflict had been long in the making and planning, and was a key element of asserting overall dominance over the ME. For this strategy to seem to fail is a major blow.
    So ‘the truth’ is really not important. It is really all about the message that prevails.

    • michael norton

      Apparently Turkey is in Europe, according to the BBC.
      Turkey is a mostly Sunni country, although the constitution pretends the country is democratic? and secular?
      However Turkey is in NATO

      The AMERICANS / NATO / TURKEY
      do not want a CHRISTIAN / SHIA / IRANIAN / IRAQI / SYRIAN / RUSSIAN band running from Persia through the Gulf and into the Mediterranean – encircling TURKEY

      This is why we have been on the end of DYSINFORMATION from the BBC and other outlets.
      AMERICA wanted RUSSIA encircled.
      RUSSIA did not want to be encircled, instead RUSSIA is going to encircle TURKEY
      and have access to the GULFof PERSIA

      • michael norton

        RUSSIA and IRAN both have shore lines on the Caspian Sea.
        RUSSIA now has a Mediterranean sea port in SYRIA.
        IRAN will be allowed to use that in exchange for letting RUSSIA have PERSIAN GULF access.
        The BIG GAME is afoot.

        • Salford Lad

          The Really Big Game was to conquer Syria, then onto Iran, up into Central Asia, to cut & control the Chinese New Silk Roads of hi-speed train trading links to Europe.
          The New Silk roads bypass the US Navy controlled sea trading routes and the toll charge of the US dollar.
          Without trade control the US dollar reserve currency is dead in the water, along with US supremacy in world affairs.
          We are at the beginning of a New World order , if the power transition is not concluded by a thermonuclear war.

    • Gene Poole

      Good. But let’s not forget another thing: Putin is simply reacting to the US/NATO’s gradual encircling of his country and sabotaging of its economy, which has been going on since 1989 – at which date the US/NATO via James Baker promised Gorbachev, in exchange for his accepting reunification, that they would NOT seek to expand into the former Warsaw Pact. The Past dissolved, NATO not only did not dissolve but immediately began expanding, and now Putin is made out to be the aggressor out to achive global domination. Cold War II follows the same pattern as Cold War I. There IS a power that’s out to seek and maintain global domination, but it’s not Russia, nor is it China or Iran, and neither was it Panama or Grenada…

      • Paul Barbara

        Exactly. US/NATO is like a cancer on humanity. They are the Stormtroopers of the Bankster/cCorporist NWO, totally immoral.
        The MSM is totally controlled, even the ‘Left Wing’ press is controlled. Facebook, Twitter and so on seem to constructs of the PTB, or at least dance to their tune.
        So, looks like we’ll soon be limited to Samizdat news, furtive printing and flyposting, and daubing slogans on walls.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    My sense is that Russia did the hacking for Trump which was certainly in its interest to do, and it will be shown in due course.

    Think that the rumors of Rex Tillerson being nominated as Secretary of State is just a convenient smokescreen, and Snowden has about as good chance of being pardoned under these circumstances as I have of getting the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Bill McLean

    I won’t even attempt to say anything profound about this. The West’s media is sick! They want war with someone. Anyone who doubts this should see John Pilger’s latest on a war with China. Lunacy abounds!

  • simone

    i thought exactly the same thing – wheres the proof?. its beyond reproachful that the journos are reporting on this without any evidence, just more bs and lies that we’ve all come to expect from mainstream media parrots.
    great article.

  • writerman

    This is an example of state-sponsered ‘fake news’ and a conspiracy theory turned in neon and flashing. Only this isn’t the kind of conspiracy theory the Guardian routinely trashes. It’s not the kind White Trash biggots go for. It’s the type sensible types like Guardian journalists… believe and spread uncritically and without any scrutiny. Perhaps they are so different after all?

  • bevin

    “… the dominance of the US/NATO is based upon the overwhelming superiority in nuclear arms.”
    No, it is based on the US government’s ability to turn the governments of the other NATO members into automatons unquestioningly carrying out the orders of the Pentagon.
    Russia sees this and concentrates its efforts on diplomacy rather than piling up useless armaments. The US cannot do the same- its diplomats are little more than apologists for the Pentagon, vide Kerry- because, as Eisenhower predicted its government is dominated by the Military Industrial Complex.

  • William Holt

    Thank you for this article. If only we could get the mainstream media to stop and consider the points you’ve made here. But, alas, they have another agenda for their rush to judgment regarding Russian involvement. On a political level, Democrats are pushing this as a way to lay blame elsewhere for the horrible election results. If Hillary had made even a modest effort at campaigning, she would have won by a large margin, but she stayed home for six weeks, starting in August. She only met with large donors in small gatherings.

    Hillary and her campaign ignored pleas for help in Pennsylvania and the Rust Belt states. Her campaign said those were safe states, and instead she spent resources in Florida and Arizona in a vain and wasted effort. No campaign has been run as badly as hers. More than 75% of her campaign ads impugned Donald Trump’s characters. She never told the country why she should be elected. Hillary had no vision for the country, and put forth none, leaving us Democrats less than excited. Even though I was, and still am, a Bernie supporter, I voted for Hillary. It was hard to do, but I gritted my teeth and did what I thought was best given the bad choices we were offered.

    Now, Democrats are doing what Republicans did with Obama. Obama was supposed to have been born in Kenya, and therefore wasn’t really President. The election was hacked by Russia, so Trump isn’t really President either.

    The media will not assess the facts for many reasons, but one is that this drives up readership and viewership, and makes them more money than if they just admitted that they have no proof of Russian involvement.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Can this problem be solved by claiming that Edward Snowden leaked the false information about Hillary to people like Glenn Greenwald et al. in the hope that it would help get Trump elected who would pardon Snowden in due course which Trump, though he was not informed of. of course, by Putin to keep it more effective?

  • Cynthia

    I want to thank whoever the brave person was who leaked the information. It takes guts to do something like that. We need to have a way to expose corruption. We are supposed to have a system of checks and balances to guard against it but those checks and balances are obviously inadequate. We need whistleblowers. Good work. Thanks to everyone that stands up against corruption.

  • lysias

    If Russia did influence the U.S. election, why doesn’t it have a perfect right to? What grounds does the U.S., which has interfered in so many other countries, have to complain?

  • Adryenn Ashley

    I 100% agree. As the person who war corresponded from the Nevada convention and spent weeks debunking the establishment and mainstream medias out of context use of my footage, I can verify that establishment narrative comes first, the inconvenient truth gets buried and unless you have as large a platform as I do, you will not be able to get them to change the story. Months later I still hear the lie that chairs were thrown and Bernie delegates are violent. It was never true.

  • Habbabkuk

    The outraged reminder on here at the utterances (in 1983) of former IDF Chief of Staff Rafael Eitan about Arabs “scurrying around like cockroaches” contrasts strangely with the silence about the vicious anti-Jewish official schoolbooks, MSM cartoons and so on which are such a prominent feature in Middle Eastern countries.

    All the more strange, in fact, given the fact that Eitan’s utterances are the personal utterances of an individual Army officer in a state where policy is made by a democratically elected govt to which the armed forces are subordinate, whereas the said schoolbooks, cartoons and so on are the officially sanctioned (if they were not, they would not be allowed to appear) products of despotic, undemocratic Arab regimes where the army IS the govt or the essential underpinning of the despots.

    I accuse the Israel-haters on this blog of the most appalling double standards, where wrong-doing by Israel is met by a torrent of hate and even greater wrong-doing by the Israel’s neighbouring Arab states us either justified (it’s all the fault of the West!) or at best passed over in silence.

    • nevermind

      once again you are posting O/t on page one, your latest desperation to divert and a piss poor effort Habiby.
      desist, you’re not very good at it.

    • Fake news=comments shut down

      Remember God kept sharon waiting on bed sores for 8 years before allowing it entry into Hell, your cunning O/T deserves a similar fate.

  • CarrieLynn

    All I have to say is that no one online seems willing to allow the due process of an investigation to proceed before they state their opinions about what is or is not “truth”. It comes from all sides and all perspectives. Everyone seems to latch on to that one piece of “evidence” that they find that supports their perspective, and with that they are inoculated against any other evidence that might come out that contradicts it. All I can ask right now is that everyone wait until all of the information is brought forth through an investigation. But that also means you have to have faith in governments, and no one seems willing to do that any more — as seen in how many will put their faith in a corrupt and amoral businessmen like Trump. I am truly worried about the state of our civilization.

    • Heike

      We have a whole planet to save. We don’t need to “bring the jobs back”. We need to do the job of saving the planet. We give these people jobs, what are they going to spend their money on? Meth and oxy. They are racist to the bone. That is obvious. They don’t deserve to be sugar-coated. There is no reason to bend over backward to understand their motivation for voting for the guy who has a neo-nazi as his top advisor. America voted for hate.

      Life expectancy among exactly one group is declining – late middle aged whites. Everyone else is getting better, often significantly. Let’s let this trend continue and we can turn America into a left-wing majority country, open the borders, and welcome the world to share its culture with us.

      Trump lied to them about jobs. They chose the lie. Clinton told them the truth. And they hated her for it. Let’s give the white working class whatever they want. In the hope they choke on it. These are not your friends.

      The only way Democrats can win them back would be to run white males who are willing to lie and insult women, and to betray the non-white part of our base. That’s too high a price. These people are not coming back until we give up some of our principles.

      There are plenty of immigrants who would love the unearned privilege of being born in America that these jackholes have. If these losers vote for a man who wants to take away their social security, transfer even more wealth to the top 0.1% and shred whatever remains of their communities, then they deserve to get what they are going to get, good and hard. I hope they lose everything.

      I am not going to justify their behavior, their inability to function in a changing economy, their shallow ethnonationalism, their entitlement, their stupidity. They deserve the worst that the Trump Administration will give them, and then they can either decide to vote for change, or they can fuck off and die. Really done with them. Tired of sucking up to them.

      • Lichen Craig

        “We don’t need to bring jobs back.” WOW. I can only assume you have never really held a full-time job, or had to support a family on your wages. That’s the only way you could say something so incredibly stupid and ignorant..

    • Lichen Craig

      So… you would include in your call for “investigation” then, an investigation into the Obama administration’s hack of Georgia voting polls (the state of Georgia is calling for investigation), and I would point out that ‘investigation’ in the form of recounts has so far been dismissed in two states as a waste of taxpayer money. Never mind that these recounts were demanded only in states where Trump won. I am always astounded at the lack of information displayed by people who paint our president-elect as “corrupt” and “amoral” and other garbage, based on nothing, and all the time ignoring the real demonstrable corruption present in both the Obama administration and in the Clinton machine. Eventually the looney left is going to have to accept the election is over. Trump won. Your fellow Americans, and plenty of us, don’t agree with you. Get on with your lives.

    • Paul Barbara

      @ CarrieLynn December 11, 2016 at 18:10
      ‘…I am truly worried about the state of our civilization.’
      As should we all.

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  • bevin

    “I am not going to justify their behavior, their inability to function in a changing economy, their shallow ethnonationalism, their entitlement, their stupidity. ..”

    Is that you Mrs Clinton? It sure sounds like it-the authentic voice of the politico marinated in neo-liberal ideology.

  • David

    Posted on Facespook as a share – No comments and no likes so far – – The FB algorithms don’t seem to like it – I find that quite interesting

  • Lichen Craig

    This is a well-thought-out article about what to many of us is terribly obvious. That Sunday morning news pundits here in the U.S. cannot – or will not – put together what Craig has pretty logically and simply, speaks to the continued mainstream media bias against Trump and truth. Meanwhile, the story that there is REAL evidence that in the state of Georgia, voting process was hacked by the Obama administration, is receiving no air time.

  • Jessica Pennell

    I think it’s imperative that we continue to hold up a mirror up to these laughable antics by the powers that be. We have a redistricting coming up in 2020, and things like this silliness out of the CIA, seemingly earnestly intended to either further divide us or further anti-Russian sentiment (both ends empowering a top-heavy state) without any of the humor or irony you’d expect out of such an obviously ham-fisted effort, things like this need to backfire. They need to cause us to mistrust the CIA itself, to understand that their presentation of any world events, especially those centered around Russia – while Russians themselves are far from sainthood and Putin is as much a dumpster fire as the choices we ourselves were presented with at election time – is very slanted and yellow. They need to bring us together, “degenerates” and “deplorables” alike, and any other name Washington and the businesses it owns or is owned by (if such distinctions matter any more) wants to throw at us. The more they insult the intelligence of the American people and underestimate us, the more they test our patience, the longer this reality soap opera continues, the harder it will be to tell the left from the right when it’s time to draw district lines. This election, you could see where cities and rural areas were on a red-blue election map. As the right comes to understand that Trump is going to continue destroying rural America and everything they value, and as the left realize just how hawkish and bloodthirsty Clinton is and how much her heart is against civil liberties for the most at risk groups of Americans, such as immigrants, especially those that would rather not give up unpopular faiths like Islam. Just how much these two people would like to control us and impose their values on us. As Americans work together to ensure jobs and resources aren’t all swallowed up by our cities, leaving our rural people starving and dying with nothing but blind, callous sneers from the left and lies about their privilege, and that our best and brightest are judged on their merits and hearts alone and are allowed to operate at full utility without fear from sheltered incompetent mobs that wouldn’t last half an hour in their shoes daring to call them thin skinned and easily offended, sometimes immediately before retreating to safe spaces to pray on Sunday. I am not apologizing to the leftists or rightists that took offense to what I just said, because you are becoming a minority as the rest of the nation moves away from your tribalism, you being those who took offense. The rest of us are going to be an unpredictable, cooperative electorate. And everyone’s jobs in Washington will forever be in jeopardy after 2020.

    • David Williams

      It was just like reading about the UK, it is the same here if not worse, we are effectively a divided country since we voted to leave the EU, when I say divided I mean, the majority of people again our own politicians and the circus called the Lords.
      We have the corporations, liberal and left parties that do not want to follow the will on the people, if, these money grabbing excuses for humans stop us leaving the UK, there will be effectively the start of a civil uprising. Just to put this into context, please Google and read, Oliver Cromwells speech to the short parliament, it is valid today in both our countries

      • David Williams

        Oliver Cromwell Speech – Dissolution of the Long Parliament
        Dissolution of the Long Parliament by Oliver Cromwell given to the House of Commons, 20 April 1653

        It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

        Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

        Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

        In the name of God, go!

  • Victor Ude

    I wish that we could try the present administration and all who support this mess for treason and be done with it. Not one single establishment Democrat was balking when the Democratic primary was rigged in favor of the weakest candidate in party history yet here we are somehow incredulous at the fact that Hillary Clinton got out performed by a glorified reality television show host in front of the global population. This whole mess is an elaborate and embarrassing attempt by a dying political party to preserve their own legacy.

  • David Williams

    I am not a journalist, politician or any type of political animal, yet I read, watch and listen to various people propagating lies that are so obvious it’s incredulous, America is falling in on itself thanks to the Clinton crime family, OBAMA is desperately trying to annul the presidential election probably for a number of reasons some personal, getting the CIA to continually lie about the Russians, recounts in States and rags like the Washington Post, it’s the same in the UK, democracy takes second seat to money and power, the EU is a crumbling edifice of corruption, yet the pigs don’t want to leave the trough, as for ISIS retaking Aleppo, it is very clear that they are being aided by the US, all in all I feel in my gut that the west led by Obama, the Clintons and the UK want a third world war, reason, to reduce the whole world population to a manageable level.
    The Elites underground city in the Antarctica is nearing completion, viz, the visits to there of John Kerry and OBAMA amongst others

  • Richard Steven Hack

    “The truly execrable Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian writes “Few credible sources doubt that Russia was behind the hacking of internal Democratic party emails…”

    Actually, there a number of credible people with expertise in computer security such as Jeffrey Carr who have thoroughly debunked the “Russia hack” theory. While it is not impossible that Russia state agencies were ultimately behind the hacks (based on the circumstantial evidence and ignoring Craig’s statement that he knows the leaker for the sake of argument), there is ZERO evidence that the Russian state was behind the hacks and even ZERO evidence that it was Russians at all. As one simple alternative, it could have been Ukrainians trying to frame Russia for the hacks (if they were hacks.)

    When it comes to intelligence operations or hacking incidents, Occam’s Razor – the notion that the simplest answer is usually correct – does not apply. There is too much misdirection, obfuscation and manipulation involved to be able to attribute anything to anyone, absent “off-line” intelligence acquired by law enforcement or intelligence methods that pin-point the persons involved.

    The only hacking case where this allegedly was done was the identification by Mandiant of specific People’s Liberation Army personnel in China involved with various hacks in the US. One might also include the Sony case, IF you believe the NSA (which has a history of lying) that they directly observed North Korean hackers in Sony’s systems. (The jury is still out whether there were other hackers not related to North Korea who were also in Sony’s systems.)

  • Barton Funk (@Barton_Funk)

    bcuz the CIA is not a law enforcement agency. they don’t have arrest power. That’s the FBI.

    • Paul Barbara

      @ Barton Funk (@Barton_Funk) December 11, 2016 at 22:14
      They should need arrest power, already? They just disappear, ‘Extraordinarily Extradite’ or kill those they have a mind to, or are ordered to.

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