Sunday, October 21, 2018

Perfidious Albion

"Did The British Collude To Steal The Election For Hillary?" (Farnan):
"Proof of British collusion can be found in the number of British spies and the absence of anyone Russian in the sordid tale.
Halper is inferentially a British spy. The alternative is that he was an American spy conducting rogue operations from England.
Then there is Joseph Mifsud, who walks, quacks and acts like a British spy. The alternative is that he somehow showed up in the middle of a British sting operation against George Papadopoulos as a real Russian spy to play the part of a Russian spy.
More, Mifsud has documented connections to British spy agencies. He traveled to the United States in early February 2017 as a guest of the State Department, an accommodation not ordinarily made to Russian operatives who just stole an election.
Finally, there is the ubiquitous Christopher Steele, author of the dossier. His connections to MI6 cannot be denied. He is a British spy emeritus, who had most recently been employed to find out why England lost itsWorld Cup bid to Russia.
His answer? Putin did it. When you need a retired British spy to find Putin under a mattress, he’s your guy.
Steele was hired by the Clinton campaign but also used as an FBI asset because they were in the Russian collusion business together.
The joint British-U.S.-Clinton effort to fabricate a Russian canard to thwart Trump had a huge effect on the election and its aftermath.
In March, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman had fallen for a ridiculous phishing scheme, releasing his confidential emails to an unknown source.
This has been called “hacking,” but it was not. The DNC’s emails were not hacked until July. The official DNC talking points conflate the phishing with the later hack, which is sometimes confusing.
Even if duplicates of John Podesta’s emails were lost during the July hack, however, expert analysis performed at the behest of the progressive publication The Nation reveals conclusively (until someone can say differently) that it could not have been sourced in Russia, based on the unimpeachable science of download speeds.
For more complete and incisive analysis of the hack that wasn’t, please read Michael Thau’s series here atAmerican Greatness.
The Clinton campaign was able to avoid press scrutiny for the embarrassing contents of the Podesta emails by blaming Trump and Putin under the false Russian flag. More, Trump was caricatured in the crucial last days of the election as Putin’s stooge.
That was the most significant piece of fake news in the election cycle. It necessarily cost Trump votes and could have cost him the election.
In the aftermath of the election, phony Russian collusion disrupted first the transition and then the presidency.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and the House Intelligence Committee, as well as some enterprising reporting by journalists such as Lee Smith, Sara Carter, Andrew McCarthy, John Solomon, Sharyl Attkisson, and Julie Kelly, the facts are coming out."
"In Reversal, Trump No Longer Demands Declassification of Russia Documents" (Shear) (my emphasis in red):
"In a rare retreat, President Trump on Friday reversed himself and said he was no longer demanding that documents related to the Russia investigation be immediately declassified and released to the public.
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A White House statement on Monday said the president had called for the “immediate declassification” of materials that officials used to authorize surveillance of the aide, Carter Page. The president also ordered the release of unredacted text messages sent by current and former law enforcement officials whom Mr. Trump has accused of being part of a deep-state conspiracy against him.
Ordering the release of the documents was a cause célèbre for Mr. Trump’s most fervent supporters on Capitol Hill and at conservative media outlets, who have for months been claiming that the release of the documents would help prove a liberal plot to undermine Mr. Trump.
The president’s abrupt reversal could anger those supporters if they view the decision as evidence that Mr. Trump exhibited weakness by caving to pressure from within his own administration.
In his tweets, Mr. Trump said that Justice Department officials had agreed to release the unredacted documents, but had also warned of what the president called “a perceived negative impact on the Russia probe.” The tweet did not explain further.
The president also said in the tweet — without elaboration — that “key Allies” had called to urge him not to declassify the documents.
According to a former American official and a former British official, the British government expressed grave concerns to the United States government about the release of classified information. The material includes direct references to conversations between American law enforcement officials and Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled a dossier alleging ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Britain’s objection, these former officials said, was over revealing Mr. Steele’s identity in an official document, regardless of whether he had been named in press reports.
Some of the documents at issue involve the beginnings of the Russia investigation, when law enforcement officials submitted an application seeking permission from the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to wiretap Mr. Page. Mr. Trump and his Republican allies have claimed that law enforcement officials misled the court to get that permission.
The president’s declassification order on Monday called on law enforcement officials to release about two dozen pages from the surveillance application. Much of the application has already been released, but Mr. Trump’s order would make more of the application available in unredacted form to the public.
Mr. Trump and his allies claim it will show that officials misled the court by not disclosing that the application was based in part on the dossier, which they believe should be discredited as a partisan document funded in part by Democrats."
"Carter Page, the CIA, and the Phony Punch-and-Judy “Lawsuits”"(Gray)  (the assumption of many is that Page is CIA, and the big conspiracy would be a joint effort of clintonista Brennan and his MI6 counterparts to create phony Russiagate stories to influence the election):
."Carter Page himself—who always, from the moment he came onto the Trump campaign as an “advisor,” was a witting plant working in the interests of the CIA—knowingly went to Moscow in July 2016 specifically to create a phony “incident” that Glenn Simpson, Christopher Steele, Michael Isikoff, and David Corn could mangle, twist, sensationalize, and fictionalize into “evidence” against Donald Trump of “Russian collusion,” and so that every single one of those CIA hand-puppets—Carter Page included—could tell slightly altered and contradictory stories about that Moscow trip in articles, books, interviews, and testimony."
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