Former UK Ambassador Blasts "CIA's Blatant Lies", Shows "A Little Simple Logic Destroys Their Claims"

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Craig Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, and was the Rector of the University of Dundee

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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bigdumbnugly's picture

"A little simple logic destroys their claims."

Well, right there is the problem for mainstream news then.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) bigdumbnugly Dec 11, 2016 5:46 PM

The CIA has no evidence.

The leaks came from the NSA which is high tech and expanding. CIA skeered


Sudden Debt's picture

The CIA still lives in a time where they think that people fear Russia.

They should be asked why people watch RT for news and not the American press for news.

The press is a propaganda machine for the CIA and they now realize that their tool is becomming worthless.

Four chan's picture

the clintons are cia operatives since iran contra and

cocaine dealing in arkansas. let's talk clinton's ties to the !

Vatican_cameo's picture


The CIA loves this.  Bad shit happens and someone else gets blamed (other than the CIA).  It's almost the perfect crime.  The problem is the repercussions and the precedent it sets.  Now ANYTHING that happens can be blamed on the "Russians" or "Fake News".  "Fake News" is the greatest catch-phrase to hit the Liberal Vocabulary since "Racist". 

Handful of Dust's picture

But at least the cia was right about those WMDs in Iraq thaty resulted in destruction of that country and millions of lost lives and bloodshed, right?

philipat's picture

I'm kind of thinking that the CIA might be in for some scrutiny after the next US President is inaugurated?

Stuck on Zero's picture

The CIA would tell the world that the Russians did it to put the real leaker off his guard. A common ruse to capture the real source of the leak.

chunga's picture

Who will be first to call for an emergency ban on cash because Russians? That's about the only thing I haven't heard, so far.

letsit's picture
letsit (not verified) chunga Dec 11, 2016 9:59 PM

The insiders sold out Hillary to Trump and his money buddies.

Mr. Universe's picture

First off Letsit: FUCK OFF

Now on to business, SETH RICH. who killed Seth Rich??

Tarzan's picture


All common sense says, the Leaked DNC Emails were leaked from within, someone with a conscience slipped through the cracks.

You don't say, there's a dead DNC IT Specialist,

with access to all the emails, a DNC Voter Expansion Data Director, DEAD?

Richard Chesler's picture

Obongo is the master of bullshit.

Libtards can block the sun with one finger.

Long live Hilbeast!


Tarzan's picture

The real source of the leak is likely dead!

Rest in Peace, Seth Rich!

JRobby's picture

That is a given.

The madness of the Establishment/ DEMS/Clinton's  being caught red handed and immediately crying "foul" in the form of "foreign influence" in the election, massively side stepping the crimes and attempting to destroy the electoral process is nothing short of insane criminal treason and should be prosecuted as such.

911, Treason and War Crimes must be addressed before we can move forward with a clean slate.

Captain Chlamydia's picture

Exactly. What a marvelous article. Make this man president. 

Countrybunkererd's picture

and they can take down ANYONE they want for what is essentially contrarian thinking.

thinkmoretalkless's picture

I love the "bipartisan " part of these accusations....McCain and Graham...give me a break. Why are these douche bags relevant anymore?

Chandos's picture

 "Fake News" is the greatest catch-phrase to hit the Liberal Vocabulary since "Racist". 


...and its predecessor, ''conspiracy theorist''.....

UncleChopChop's picture

i thought they were CIA since their college days when they were paid to rat on their classmates?

TruthHunter's picture

The Intelligence community turned on Clinton for her careless disrespect for classified material. Now they are deflecting attention away from themselves by pointing the finger ar Russia. They are pressuring Trump to prevent him from cleaning house( their corner of the swamp)

Mark Urbo's picture

Sad but true...


You do get better news from RT & UK sources than the American media.

OverTheHedge's picture

Perhaps, but someone offered a link to the Daily Star the other day, and the Daily Mail is often quoted. Both appalling rags, unfit for wrapping fish.

Unfortunately the Daily Mail has probably the best news app, so all those iCrap users read it unashamedly.

Just being British doesn't automatically give you pathos, gravitas and intellectual accuity: God knows I have spent a career selling my britishness to the highest bidder, and it has always been a con.

Head_Shots_Work's picture

Yeah - what we really fear is our government. Oh - they wouldn't use the IRS to persecute hound innocent small businesses would they? They wouldn't test drugs on us without our knowledge would they? They wouldn't steal our savings by keeping interest rates artifically low to protect their own debt levels would they? They wouldn't lie with the inflation numbers by choosing what is represented in order to keep social security payments down would they? They wouldn't sell weapons to mexican drug lords would they? They... you get the idea.

SoDamnMad's picture

Yes, and why has the CIA missed so much. Russia firmly took back it's Crimea when NYT and WP spoke about "little green men". Anyone could see from day one these were an army belonging to ....

Good , small journalists have seen through the false flags, the biggest being Sandy Hook. 

Russia is going to do it's damnest to kill as many terrorists in Syria knowing full well they will return to the Caucaus. We will allow them into the US with open arms (and a benefit EBT card).

manofthenorth's picture

I do NOT give a flaming rats ass who has revealed the avalanche of DC corruption.

I DO care that these issues are investigated completely and that the guilty parties ARE held accountable.

If it turns out that Russia has handed us the necessary evidence to lock these criminals up, GREAT, I will send them a thank you note myself.

PERP WALK or unleash the hounds.


Implied Violins's picture


This is *all* that matters. All else is smoke and mirrors, distractions to keep this under wraps.

PROSECUTE THESE MOTHER FUCKERS or *we the people* will do it ourselves.

General Titus's picture

Here's more pre "PizzaGate" "PizzaGates involving top level Government.  No wonder why they hate the general normal population so much

When do we march on DC?

peddling-fiction's picture

"When do we march on DC?"

The answer can be found in this video.

Depends on our ruler's actions.

bamawatson's picture

make it ALL about podesta
been in seat of power for decades
make it ALL podesta

make his hands up 14 pic the face of Podestagate
Filth, they are Filth
follow the podestas

Tarzan's picture

It all leads to the Foundations, the Charity's!  Pizzagate is just the door.  The Clinton Foundation was foolish, and they're exposing something systemic.  All these "Charitable" mega foundations need a hard look! 

The Clinton Foundation was, at least, laundering money, they "left the White House dead broke".  You gotta wonder what they were selling?

What are they paying for a white handkerchief these days?

peddling-fiction's picture

"What are they paying for a white handkerchief these days?"

It really is sad. With a heavy heart I hope that Karma does its thing asap.

SgtShaftoe's picture

Gen. That's a really good writeup!  That's the best I've seen so far and I've been really searching for the high level story. 

peddling-fiction's picture

+1 Yep, I second the Sgt

Hard-hitting article to say the least.

3LockBox's picture

Wonder if Comet Pizza has a pie named "Blame it on Russia"?

SgtShaftoe's picture

Don't forget 9/11.  I'd say that also matters

Implied Violins's picture

It does, but Pizzagate has roots that run, oh, about 5,000 years older. It is one reason WHY 9/11 happened. And it will eventually implicate nearly EVERY high-level politician, banker, priest etc. in the world. Just give it time, and continued exposure, because this is THE greatest 'Conspiracy' of all time.

Radical Marijuana's picture

It may be traumatic for an ordinary individual to have to investigate crimes which are worse than merely murders:

Mountie sues, alleges PTSD from exposure to child porn in sex offences unit

bamawatson's picture

make it ALL about podesta
been in seat of power for decades
make it ALL podesta


Urban Redneck's picture

The CIA has lots of evidence (both collected and manufactured) which is then misconstrued through politiczed analysis and dissemination to serve their own and their primary customer's personal interests.

Back during the Reagan administration, someone casually told me "We spend more on disinformaion than we do on information" - I doubt things have changed that much since then.

manofthenorth's picture

Also during the Reagan years;

William Casey (CIA Director), "We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false."?
MFL5591's picture

But, how else can McCain /Flake get the wor started?

Laddie's picture

This is the DEEP STATE in action, and FEW, except for readers of ZH, and a handful of other truth sites have NO IDEA what is really going on.

Is the Establishment Planning Some Kind of Coup?

I’m a wee bit startled by the aggression with which the media, the CIA and the Obama administration are pushing this “Russia did Wikileaks” thing, guys.

Because they have already said this. They said it months before the election – within hours of the DNC leaks dropping, it was all through the media that Russia was responsible, and then the intelligence agencies – including the CIA – backed it up.

It was an ongoing thing. Hillary said it every time she appeared publicly.

But they didn’t say that the election had to be canceled because of it – because there were documents showing that Clinton and the party were just a bunch of scam artists.

So why are they bringing this up again now as if it is some new thing?

General Titus's picture

To discredit the election, and to cover up the satanic child molesting pedophile ring involving the Podestas and other high level DemocRats & their Liberal Neocon comrades