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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wisefool's picture

 I am not saying you are probably right. But you are probably right.

Peak Finance's picture

Putin, King of Slavs, King of Trolls! 

Give_me_liberty_or's picture

What?  Russia Central Bank is member of BIS, IMF, World Bank.  Russia buys US Treasuries and accepts USD for stuff.  Gaddafi had no nukes and still tried to rebel because he had a big set of grapefruits, but Putin let's his pilots gets shot down and does nothing.  He is doing nothing to subvert the JudenFetzen monetary system and will continue to do nothing.  He has benefited from it and will continue to try and benefit from it.  It's all an act.

Get over this false hero false GOd bullshit.  There are no good guys in politics -PERIOD.  Forget it. 

finametrics's picture

idiot. Putin paid off all imf/wb loans and immediately closed down their offices (and in due time, the pedo's at bis will also be dismissed). Russia has been selling not buying murican .gov debt. On the turkey shoot issue, responding to those monkey's would have been a losing proposing for Russia. In time, a response will be inacted.

imbecile.

Give_me_liberty_or's picture

bullshits: Russia is buying up US debt - May. 17, 2017

have any sources for your other bullshits?  I won't hold my breath on BIS

Russia included on list of members: http://www.imf.org/external/np/sec/memdir/memdate.htm

shovelhead's picture

Relax.

Have a bagel and a schmeer.

finametrics's picture

either you're a liar or you're just that stupid. try to look a little further in history dum dum.

 

today's Russian holdings of murican debt crap is half of what it was just a few years ago. do you understand stupid? half. say it with me now, "h a l f"

 

did they start buying after the orange monkey took office? maybe as a show of good faith? who knows. all i know is if i didn't have a gold-fish memory span like you, i would see the longer term trend.

 

imf membership wasn't absolved. thats true. never said it was. but there is NO MONEY OWED dum dum. therefore, by Russia having voting power and no payments, they get benefits when it comes to dealing with Ukraine and the like.

 

thanks for playing.

Give_me_liberty_or's picture

gonna source that?

just making things up?

if you think the Russian Central Bank is not part of the "club" I have a bridge to sell you.

http://wariscrime.com/new/putin-pawn-rothschilds/

yoyu putintards and trumptards will bend over backwards making excuses for your false gods.  Keep waiting on your knees w/ mouth open for uncle pootie to save you.

Edit: and O, he will critisize USA but will never say shit about ISrael.  strange huh?

ebear's picture

"Russia is buying up US debt - May. 17, 2017"

So what?  Every nation on earth does this as part of their reserves.  As long as the dollar is a reserve currency, that's what you do.  Giant nothing burger.

Russia in the IMF?   Again, so what?  Until something better comes along, this is par for the course.

When you implement change on the scale you're suggesting, you do it gradually.  Did you notice that China and Russia have done major currency swaps and now have arrangements to by-pass the dollar in bilateral trade?  One step at a time, man.  Moscow wasn't built in a day.

Meanwhile, enjoy the cultural revival now taking place in the new Russia.

Svetlaya Rus, baby!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thZTZk09Cp4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgZNo2HEFgg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5i0_9cIpLE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR7m-EInZLA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEEGTP61Dto

 

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Eating his popcorn, trolling like a boss.

Offers Comey some butter.

me123me's picture

Putin is such a ball buster. 

Cordeezy's picture

so Putin's daughter is teaching all those hackers

 

 

www.escapeamazon.com

 

Zepper's picture

Now that is FUNNY!

And everyone around the world is wondering the same thing. How the fuck is the head of the FBI allowed to give confidential information to the media as a leak and still allowed to roam freely on the streets? What the fuck does this say about future FBI or Intelligence directors? Does this mean they can nilly willy take home classified information and hand it to their media friends when it suits them with absolutely no punishment at all?

That is one dangerous road to go down. Comey should be the story and he should be in prison awaiting his trial for a number of laws broken. As well as all his cohorts and the publisher of the his memos etc. 

If Sessions cant do it because he recused himself then his deputy should be coming up with the charges... Now we see how much integrity that fucking tribal member has... lets see if any criminal charges against Comey are filed in the coming weeks... I say no fucking way in hell and Rosenstein has about as much integrity as a wet paper towel. 

 

MuffDiver69's picture

Seems to have totally escaped people.

Jim in MN's picture

Also known as STEALING.

All part of Tyranny, which is simply the ability of the corrupt elite to openly break the law.

Which must be destroyed. 

In case anyone was wondering what's going on around here.

Swamidon's picture

Sessions?  Is he actually on the job?  WTF is he doing?  WTF is wrong with Trump?

how_this_stuff_works's picture

Oh, but Comey's so honorable! A man of integrity.

90% of Americans believed him according to polls.

Expat's picture

Putin should probably start offering package deals. He can offer group discounts.  Comey gets 50% off his asylum package if brings three "friends".  He can bring Flynn, Trump, and Jared. 

how_this_stuff_works's picture

"Putin should probably start offering package deals. He can offer group discounts. Comey gets 50% off his asylum package if brings three "friends". He can bring Flynn, Trump, and Jared."

"Putin should probably start offering package deals. He can offer group discounts. Comey gets 50% off his asylum package if brings three "friends". He can bring Loretta Lynch, Susan Rice, and James Clapper."

FIFY.

veritas semper vinces's picture

The package deals were offered long time ago by the real "owner",Israhell

MuffDiver69's picture

Right on. The fact the head of our domestic intelligence would be taking secret notes that only he can verify of a President and then leak these to press to set a narrative against any President, is espionage or whatever you call it...This was an act of complete subversion of the person you work for in confidence..If nothing this shows the utter lawlessness we are living in.....Not a peep from the left and RINO...Comey has set a dangerous precedent.., Was there an assasination attempt of congressman yesterday...Seems not...

Librarian's picture

More troubling IMHO is the constant barrage of death memes published by the media.

This is unacceptable.

Calculus99's picture

Give Putin credit he's trying to inject some humour in the poltical landscape of the US as right now there is none, just bickering, accusations, mis-information, dis-information, total bullshit basically. There's no laughs in any of that...

I am Jobe's picture

Whiney azz bitches and their vaca 

Summer vacation? Lots of Americans say they can't afford it

 

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/summer-vacation-lots-americans-cant-13142...

Anarchyteez's picture

Tears of laughter on this shitty iPhone.

The guy is a rock star!

Fake Trump's picture

whereas Trump is just an Apprentice.

dogismycopilot's picture

Owns Comey like a Boss.

Never One Roach's picture

We know Comey is THE leaker of secret classified information and Putin just confirmed it!

 

Dick Morris says Comey should be indicted

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4su34Sue-o

 

Or is Comey above the law like Clinton is?

NoWayJose's picture

Putin should 'reveal' some of the Russian business relationships with Democrats and their families!

jughead's picture

In between tears of laughter all I can say is "THAT'S GONNA LEAVE A MARK!"  

jughead's picture

aww lookie here...some butt hurt fucking snowflake is down voting everyone who is getting a good laugh. Tissue, fucktard? 

Deep Snorkeler's picture

Tsar Putin is brilliant.

He is too smart and sophisticated

for anyone in the US government.

He is playing us like a fiddle and having

a lot of fun doing it.  The Russian Empire

now leads the Western World.

He makes us look lazy, delusion-bound,

uneducated and life-dumb.

Fake Trump's picture

Trump can't beat Putin except for his flip floppings and bullshits.

rejected's picture

He makes us look lazy, delusion-bound,

uneducated and life-dumb. 

In this case it would just be reporting facts. Americans ARE lazy, delusion-bound, uneducated and life dumb.

Just because you spend a few years in college doesn't make you educated,,, lobotomized and ready for corporate service maybe but not 'educated'.

Boxed Merlot's picture

I'm old enough to remember the pleasure in President Reagan's voice as he toyed with Moscow years ago too. It seems to me Vlad has studied those times and is enjoying being able to point out the obvious faults of the US naval gazing, infantile self-delusional importance.

At the end of the day, voluntary morality wins the day, not one's bank account, physical strength or ability to deceive.

The tables have turned.

jmo.

viator's picture

Good one, and Comey may need it.

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

"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,"

 

That is weird.  Is it Comey's assertion he only recorded in writing the non classified parts of his conversation and that the written record was not a government work product?

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

P.S.  this proves again the old advice to never wrestle with a pig.

Jim in MN's picture

If he wrote it down on Government time, in a Government vehicle, it is a Government work product.

If he wrote it in his scented diary at home, it is arguably his, but also a work of fiction/memoir, not an official record.

You can't have it both ways.  If it's official, he stole it.  If it pertains to anything classified or sensitive, that's a seperate felony when he leaked it, even to his 'friend'.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

Putin might just dump the dirt on the dnc,911,pizza gate, after all he got our uranium already from corrupt clinton, what does he need em for now?

Amicus Curiae's picture

you have to admit hes got a lovely sense of the ridiculous and uses it to advantage.

compared to the buffoon leading Aus right now...as well as others elsewhere..

wins hands down

shovelhead's picture

They make it too easy for him.

Paul Morphy's picture

Putin is taking the piss, while making a very credible point.

 

Kudos.

small axe's picture

where do I get my Putin swag? T-shirts and coffee cups, this man is swag-worthy!