Putin Offers Asylum To "Leaker" Comey

Tyler Durden's picture

Vladimir Putin trolled the US on Thursday, when speaking in a live call-in show with the Russian nation, the Russian president likened Comey to Edward Snowden, who was granted asylum in Russia in 2013, and scoffed at James Comey's disclosure of his conversations with U.S. President Donald Trump, saying the move has made Comey eligible for political asylum in Russia.

"It looks weird when the chief of a security agency records his conversation with the commander-in-chief and then hands it over to media via his friend," Putin was quoted by Russia's Tass. “This is strange. What is the difference then between the FBI director and Mr. Snowden? He is not a head of the special services, but a human rights activist.

The trolling concluded when Putin said that "by the way, if he (Comey) is subject to any sort of persecution in connection with this, we will be ready to give him political asylum in Russia. And he should know about this."

Putin also said that Comey has so far presented no evidence to prove that Russia had meddled in the U.S. presidential election, saying Washington had tried to influence Russian elections for years.

"I am not familiar in detail with the testimony given by former FBI director Comey," Putin said during a question and answer session with citizens. "Again, he gave no evidence of this (Russian meddling)."

The remarks reflected Putin's growing annoyance of being the bete noir of the US media, and with the congressional and FBI investigations into links between Trump campaign officials and Russia, which have shattered Moscow's hopes for improving ties with Washington, much to the delight of the US Military-Industrial Complex and, of course, NATO. Predictably, the Russian president once again reiterrated his denial of meddling in the U.S. election, saying that Russia has openly expressed its views and hasn't engaged in any covert activities.

Continuing the combative mood, Putin then turned the tables on the US, saying it was the US which has sought to influence Russian elections by funding NGOs as part of its aspirations for global domination. "Turn a globe and point your finger anywhere, you will find American interests and interference there."

"And what about constant U.S. propaganda, constant U.S. support of America-oriented non-government organisations by giving them money directly? Isn't it an impact on our minds? Isn't it an attempt to influence how we should behave during election campaigns? This continues year after year," he said.

He added that many heads of state around the world had told him of similar U.S. meddling in their internal affairs. But they would not voice their concerns openly, fearing to "spoil relations" with Washington.  As for Russia, "we have an opinion of our own, we express it openly. But this is not any sort of underground subversive activity", Putin said.

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On a conciliatory note, Putin added that Russia still hopes for normalization of ties with the U.S. During the question and answer session, Putin said he did not consider the US to be an enemy of Russia and claimed he wanted a "constructive dialogue" with Washington. He said Moscow and Washington could cooperate in efforts to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and pool efforts to tackle the North Korean nuclear and missile problem. He said the two countries could also cooperate in dealing with global poverty and efforts to prevent climate change.

Putin also noted that Moscow hopes that the U.S. could play a "constructive role" in helping settle the Ukrainian crisis, an offer which we doubt will be favorably met by the Pentago.

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During a tightly choreographed marathon TV show, an annual affair that lasts hours, Putin said that Russia has climbed out of recession despite continuing Western sanctions, adding that the restrictions have forced the country to "switch on our brains" to reduce dependence on energy exports. He lamented yesterday's Senate decision Wednesday to impose new sanctions on Russia as a reflection of Western efforts to "contain" Russia, but insisted that the measures have only made the country stronger.

As reported yesterday, the Senate voted to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 election by approving a wide-ranging package of sanctions that target key sectors of Russia's economy and individuals who carried out cyberattacks. The Senate bill follows up on several rounds of other sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union over Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its support for pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine.

Putin argued that Russia has done nothing to warrant the Senate's move, saying it highlights the West's policy of containing Russia and also reflects domestic infighting in the United States. "It's evidence of a continuing internal political struggle in the U.S.," he said.

Russia has responded to the U.S. and EU sanctions by halting most Western food imports, a move that has helped increase Russian agricultural output.

Russian farmers have pleaded with the Kremlin to keep the import ban even if the West lifts its sanctions, but Putin said that if "our partners lift the sanctions against our economy, we will respond in kind."

Discussing the economy, the Russian leader claimed that the "crisis is over," pointing at modest economic growth over the past nine months, low inflation and rising currency reserves. Putin said that a slump in oil prices had been a more important factor in Russia's economic slowdown than the sanctions. Importantly, Putin acknowledged that the Russian economy hasn't yet shed its dependence on exports of raw materials, but noted that non-energy exports have been growing.

Putin also recognized that people's incomes have fallen and 13.5 percent of Russians now live below the poverty line, currently equivalent to $170 per month.

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Most of the questions during the show were about low salaries, decrepit housing, failing health care and other social problems. As in the past, Putin chided local officials for failing to provide due care for people and ordered them to quickly fix the flaws. Even before the show ended, local officials rushed to report that they are looking into the problems.

Putin also offered a glimpse into his closely guarded private life, saying he has two grandchildren whose privacy he wants to respect.

Putin, who in 2013 announced on state television that he was divorcing his wife, has two daughters in their early 30s who haven't been seen in public for years and became the subject of rumors. One of Putin's daughters was reported to be in charge of a lucrative project to build a Silicon Valley-like community under the auspices of Moscow State University.

Putin said during the show that both of his daughters live in Moscow and "work in science and education." He said one of his grandchildren goes to pre-school and the other, a boy, has just been born. He said he doesn't want to give details about his family for fear of hurting their privacy.

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Tall Tom's picture

 

 

 

 

There are rules with those operators that are invioable.

Tall Tom's picture

 

 

 

The Mathematical Laws of Logic are revealed in the study of Boolean Algebra.

 

That understanfing is fundamental to becoming a successful Computer Programmer.

 

Perhaps you ought to enroll at your University and challenge the rigors of that study before making statements about that which you do not know.

 

(Although I must admit that your non sequitur was most amusing....and revealing.)

Justin Case's picture

Mathematical Laws of Logic

We're not talking about math son.

Tall Tom's picture

 

 

Without Mathematics it is impossible to understand logic, son. Unless you are as old and grey as I am then I strongly suggest that you refrain from disrespect.

 

The Universe is quanta (digital) and entirely based upon numbers.

 

Why don't you look up Boolean Algebra instead of spewing bullshit?

Justin Case's picture

Logic is the science of formal principles of reasoning or correct inference. Historically, logic originated with the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. Logic was further developed and systematized by the Stoics and by the medieval scholastic philosophers. In the late 19th and 20th centuries, logic saw explosive growth, which has continued up to the present.

Logic is the science of correct reasoning. What then is reasoning? According to Aristotle [13, Topics, 100a25], reasoning is any argument in which certain assumptions or premises are laid down and then something other than these necessarily follows. Thus logic is the science of necessary inference. However, when logic is applied to specific subject matter, it is important to note that not all logical inference constitutes a scientifically valid demonstration. This is because a piece of formally correct reasoning is not scientifically valid unless it is based on a true and primary starting point. Furthermore, any decisions about what is true and primary do not pertain to logic but rather to the specific subject matter under consideration. In this way we limit the scope of logic, maintaining a sharp distinction between logic and the other sciences. All reasoning, both scientific and non-scientific, must take place within the logical framework, but it is only a framework, nothing more. This is what is meant by saying that logic is a formal science.

 According to formalism, mathematics is only a formal game, concerned solely with algorithmic manipulation of symbols. Under this view, the symbols of the predicate calculus do not denote predicates or anything else. They are merely marks on paper, or bits and bytes in the memory of a computer. Therefore, mathematics cannot claim to be any sort of knowledge of mathematical objects. Indeed, mathematical objects do not exist at all, and the profound questions debated by Plato and Aristotle become moot. Mathematics is nothing but a kind of blind calculation.

The formalist doctrine fits well with certain modern trends in computer science, e.g., artificial intelligence. However, formalism has proved inadequate as an integrated philosophy of mathematics, because it fails to account for human mathematical understanding, not to mention the spectacular applications of mathematics in fields such as physics and engineering.

By way of reaction against formalism, several alternative doctrines have been advocated. One of these is constructivism, the idea that mathematical knowledge can be obtained by means of a series of purely mental constructions. Under this view, mathematical objects exist solely in the mind of the mathematician, so mathematical knowledge is absolutely certain. However, the status of mathematics vis a vis the external world becomes doubtful. An extreme version of constructivism is so solipsistic that it does not even allow for the possibility of mathematical communication from one mind to another.

ebear's picture

"The Universe is quanta (digital) and entirely based upon numbers."

A classic example of confusing the map with the territory.

Boxed Merlot's picture

...Logic is a way of thinking that involves the ability to reason....

The Greeks split the human "being" into 3 parts in order to arrive at some basis to build an understanding of "reality", the "Logos", "Ethos" and "Pathos". While I'll concede these as not necessarily the only way to describe the state of "being", the construct does at least avail itself to a method of arriving at something one may adequately describe as "truth".

When delved into, each of these "concepts" or "ideas" will find a rather nebulous foundation, which in turn provides for as many new questions as one may initially believe it answers.

Ultimately, the proposition returns to truth or deceit. As far as the Christian canon of scripture is concerned, the analysis one uses to arrive at, (or dismiss), the verity of the resurrection of the historical personage of Jesus will be the template one will continue to use throughout the remainder of ones allotted orbits on this plain to continue to ferret out any additional "truth".

jmf.

Boxed Merlot's picture

..the...Christian system of serving God to get salvation in an afterlife. None of this stands up in the face of reason...

Historical Christian / biblical theology agrees with your assessment of being able to "serve" God in order to "earn" salvation, that is, it's a ludicrous proposition.

Every person "serves" God and the purposes God has foretold, this is the very definition of "Life". The difference is some rest in the favor of God while others persist in darkness until such time as the "Call" is received.

When Lazarus was called from the grave, could he have refused to come out?

jmf.

dcohn's picture

and why would that story be true?

HRClinton's picture

+1 for the Chinese "thick face, black heart" philosophy reference. 

Albertarocks's picture

Thanks, I read the book about 30 years ago.  What an eye opener... so insightful.  I see it is now available in Google documents:

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxrd...

Blue Boat's picture

Thanks for the link. Gave the initial pages a scan and it looks good!

Have a good friend who's Chinese and I still don't understand alot of how they look at the world.

Albertarocks's picture

If you read the book you'll start to understand it pretty fast.  It was written by a Chinese woman for the purposes of teaching western business people how to understand Chinese thinking in order to have a much better chance of dealing with them successfully.  We in the west tend to think we know it all.  We don't... not by a long shot.  We can learn so much from 5000 year old cultures like the Chinese.

BrownCoat's picture

Putin collects celebrities; Snowden, Steven Seagal and now Comey. LOL

TheDude1224's picture

Snowden gets forced to flee for treason, Comey gets rewarded with CNN air time and made to look like a "Hero", "Reality Winner" is disappeared. Thank goodness the American laws apply equally to everyone.

espirit's picture

'Reality Winner' was probably reassigned to a listening station in Abu Dhabi.

 

Librarian's picture

Indeed.  The laws equally penalize both a poor man and a rich man for sleeping under a bridge.

ClickNLook's picture

To be fair, Comey didn't leak any PowerPoint and PDF documents only his own chicken scratch notes. And amount of the information he leaked, which was full of ambiguity too, wad nowhere close to the Snowden's.

Not to belittle his dicky intentions though...

Blue Boat's picture

How do you know?  Have you seen what exactly he leaked or only heard what he said he leaked?

ClickNLook's picture

I saw the Snowden's leaks, hundreds of documents.

I haven't seen any documents from Comey. The amount of information from Comey is minimal and mostly passive aggressive toward Trump, although it has been paraded by MSN for days.

Snowden's leaks are conclusive. Could you say the same about Comey's leaks? Exactly!

null's picture

Perhaps, but a "crooked cop" is a fairly ubiquitous thing and when you get a pusillanimous one like this guy, it simply stands out more due to the amount of ass he gotta kiss.

Belrev's picture

Here is the pertinent video of Putin speaking about US political interference and offering asylum to Comey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28SIY37TyVw

Nobody For President's picture

Hilarious. Putin has a great sense of sly humor.

HRClinton's picture

Too late, Vlad.

Robert Mueller beat you to it.

HRClinton's picture

Where is Boris Alotofkrap?

"In Mother Russia, you no leak on State. State leak on you."

post turtle saver's picture

ridicule is a powerful political weapon and Putin's skill with that weapon is razor sharp... and, frankly, the US leadership in its current state deserves to be subjected to it...

I don't know what kind of spanner was thrown into the plans of The Powers That Be when Trump won but you can tell by their puppet's reactions that they do NOT like it... they thought they had two terms of HRC in the bag and they didn't get it... I haven't seen such undercurrents of temper tantrums in the elite and back room dealers in a long time... must have been a HELL of a lot of money on the line that ended up getting flushed to no effect...

veritas semper vinces's picture

Haha,Jewmerica ,you are rapidly approaching checkmate. Love this man

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

The Russian spontaneous "acerbic" wit at it's finest!

Paul Kersey's picture

So whose ass might Putin be trying to cover?

null's picture

The ass of Terence Richard McAuliffe.

dexter_morgan's picture

His, we just put more sanctions on them for dubious reasons, Pointing out the absurdity of it all. 

how_this_stuff_works's picture

Well, since Congress imposed stricter sanctions, perhaps it's Congress' ass that being covered.

Hey, a poor excuse is better than NONE at all since those sanctions were imposed d/t UNPROVED Russian hacking.

ebear's picture

"His, we just put more sanctions on them for dubious reasons..."

File that under "what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger."

The supreme irony of this constant, mindless assault on Russia is that it makes the people of Russia more self-reliant, more respectful of their history and culture, and more supportive of each other as they struggle to achieve not just a better standard of living, but a more just and civilized society.

Given where they've been, and where they're at now, they still have a long road ahead of them, but they know where it leads and they've already taken the first steps.  Can you say as much about America or Europe, who seem to have completely lost their way?

Putin is just one player in all of this.  Sure, he's the main character right now, but there are others who can take his place when the time comes.  This is not a political revolution, it's far more fundamental than that.  This is Russia rediscovering her cultural identity and taking her rightful place in the world as a strong and independent nation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-XVizWoFcw

how_this_stuff_works's picture

"So whose ass might Putin be trying to cover?"

Look, if Washington had "proof" of any Russian hacking, or collusion, or influence, they'd have happily trotted it out by now. They haven't. All DC's purported "17 intelligence agencies" have done is repeat the story over and over with the "hope" that somehow it becomes true. I gotta tell ya, I am sickened that Comey could sit before the intelligence committees and describe how Lynch influenced him to call the investigation of Hillary Clinton "a matter" so as not to give the impression of wrongdoing on her part and negatively impact her chances at becoming president. SICKENED. And who's done a damn thing about it? NOBODY. Certainly COWARDLY COMEY did not.

Aren't you embarrassed by this charade? Really? Don't you find it embarrassing that the (once) most powerful nation in the world has resorted to soap opera antics? Oh, how the mighty has fallen. USA used to stand for something. Now about all we're known for "regime change" and being the butt of the world's jokes. But are Americans lives any better? Has anything been done to "fix" the unbearable cost of health insurance? Has anything been done to "improve" public education? NO, because all the MSM and the opposition do is float this idea of impeachment. The list on NON accomplishments can go on and on. CNN is doing a better job at influencing the public than Congress.

Aren't you appalled that virtually NOTHING has been accomplished by Congress in the last 6 months on behalf of the American people?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

#1 oil producer in the World...
No foreign debt owed...
Has own credit system independent of the Western banks
COMPLETELY SELF-SUFFICIENT AND INDEPENDENT OF THE WESTERN "YOKE"!!!

Doesn't need to cover anyone's ass

Just having fun at the U.S. expense!

Paul Kersey's picture

Is it the Russina people who are having fun, or is it just the garchs?  

 

"The average wage in Russia fell below $450 per month, Mikhail Matovnikov, the chief analyst of Russia's largest bank, Sberbank, told journalists during a business meeting on May 19. This makes labor costs in the country cheaper than in China.

The average monthly salary in Russia is $433, which is less than in Serbia, Romania, China or Poland, Matovnikov said."

HowdyDoody's picture

Fortunately Russians work for Rubles not USD fiat.

Paul Kersey's picture

You mean the ruble that's all but crashed against the USD?  Yeah, that's fortunate, indeed.  Feel free to exchange your fiat dollars for those plunging rubles.  Makes perfect sense.

Jim in MN's picture

Make it dry.....so dry......so dry that my eyeballs turn to dust and blow away upon reading it.....

 

Damn, now I want a martini and it's not even 10 in the morning.

 

That darn rootin' tootin' Putin!  I blame him for my martini craving!!!!!!

clade7's picture

A guy should start drinking no later than 8am, take a nap around noon, and start back in around 4pm...just in time for the 5...and then watch the Alaskan Bush People reruns, Tosh.0 and Southpark...

Nobody For President's picture

Let's see, it''s 7 oh 4 Pacific Time - yep, I'm in. No TV for pm, but can watch the NBA Game 5 re-run again.

OverTheHedge's picture

It's always 5o'clock somewhere in the world........

cheech_wizard's picture

It is also always 2:30 in the afternoon somewhere in the world.

Standard Disclaimer: Always good to know obscure references.

wisefool's picture

godtier trolling by putin.

Also, can we all agree to not think about what would be happening right now in the timeline where HRC was selected president ?

Jim in MN's picture

Right about now 1,000 children would be found deceased in an unpleasant manner in a Ukrainian wheat field, triggering US/NATO armored columns to roll in under the waiting noses of Russian tactical battlefield nukes. 

Or something like that. 

OH SHIT you said NOT to think about it!

"Never Mind"