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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TheDude1224's picture

LOL...Comey and "Reality Winner" are going to need their parkas cause it's going to be a cold vacation!

Jack McGriff's picture

There it is:  the smoking gun of russian collusion!  Comey the leaker gonna get red carpet treatment asylum in Russia!  Or Putin is hard trolling these fools like Trump!  

max_leering's picture

Putin owns you Amerika... and the world laughs with him

on another note, why the fuck do writers keep saying in regards to Crimea, insisting it was annexed?... perhaps do a bit of fact checking about an fair election, a way to get away from NAZI Ukieville... perhaps?

 

Swamidon's picture

Trump has gone out of his way to destroy his Presidency.  How can the guy keep shooting himself (and the people who elected him) in the foot?  Not hard to figure out why nobody competent will work for him.

Sandmann's picture

When did the US last have a "competent" Administration ?

Expat's picture

You're in the wrong website.  This website is only for people who have gouged their eyes out with one of Trump's gold teaspoons and then inserted their heads deep up his ass.  Trump can do no wrong.  Trump is god.  Hillary killed Elvis.  Obama is a space alien who eats the brains of white babies.  Bernie has orgies with underage marsupials while burning huge piles of freshly printed $100 bills.

ClickNLook's picture

Bernie would never burn money. His pure DNA makes this impossible.

malcolmevans's picture

And you are saying that HE is the one on the wrong website?  lol   Buh bye. 

how_this_stuff_works's picture

" This website is only for people who have gouged their eyes out with one of Trump's gold teaspoons and then inserted their heads deep up his ass. Trump can do no wrong. Trump is god. Hillary killed Elvis. Obama is a space alien who eats the brains of white babies. Bernie has orgies with underage marsupials while burning huge piles of freshly printed $100 bills."

You see, it's drivel like that that renders your opinion irrelevant. If I were teaching 8th graders and they responded in that way I'd give them detention.

null's picture

Age of consent for marsupials is?

C'mon, think it through before you regurgitate Nancy's talking points, or you will have even a bigger hissy-fit in 2020, sad.

how_this_stuff_works's picture

"C'mon, think it through before you regurgitate Nancy's talking points, or you will have even a bigger hissy-fit in 2020, sad."

What????

No wonder your avatar looks perplexed.

any_mouse's picture

What do you expect from a nullified person. Nothingness. Void, Null.

Spitball's picture

I agree with most of your rant except for 1 thing
Obama isn't a space alien, but he did lick an aliens balls one time

null's picture

While y'all are still chasing cars, he will keep providing the bumpers for you to sink your gums into. Yap, yap ...

Pure Evil's picture

If nobody competent will work for him you should apply since you'll fit right in.

Sandmann's picture

Russian Alpha addresses American Gammas

natronic's picture

Putin has been great I hope he keeps trolling the media!

DuneCreature's picture

I give Vladimir Putin a perfect 10 in the Sense Of Twisted Humor category.

The dude needs his own TV show!

Make the Slippery Asshole live in the airport lobby for six months too, Mr Putin!

Live Hard, I Want "An Hour With A KGB Comic" Live TV Show Feed Translated Into English With James Earl Jones As The Voice Of Vlad On Every Episode, Die Free

~ DC v6.5

Blanco Diablo's picture

Vlad is the man, the Russian people are fortunate to have a real Leader and Patriot serving them.

roadhazard's picture

Trump may take him up on that.

RussianSniper's picture

Some Russian circles believe there has been a complete break up between President Putin and obama; and now President Putin would like to start a relationship with comey.

 

Putin assumes the dominant position and thoroughly enjoys butt fucking these submissive little feminine bitches.

He alleges the little feminine bitches like their place, and enjoy the attention, flowers, and candy.

PitBullsRule's picture

You can see why Trump likes Putin so much, they are both very good liars and very accomplished hypocrites. Putin complains that his citizens struggle to live on 170 a month, when Putin himself is worth 40 Billion dollars, then he says local governments aren't doing enough for them. Those two pricks will probably build a castle together somewhere after Trump milks the US for all its worth.

how_this_stuff_works's picture

"Putin complains that his citizens struggle to live on 170 a month, when Putin himself is worth 40 Billion dollars, then he says local governments aren't doing enough for them."

Hillary Clinton complains that her citizens struggle to live on 170 a month, when Clinton herself is worth 40 Billion dollars, then she says local governments aren't doing enough for them.

FIFY.

Librarian's picture

The Clinton Foundation also sent 1.8 billion USD to Qatar.

What was that all about?  Why does nobody talk about that anymore?  

I have the distinct feeling that most all of the nonsense printed about Trump is to keep the press occupied from actually getting to the bottom of how badly the Clinton Cartel sold off the US for pennies on the dollar to line their own pockets.

how_this_stuff_works's picture

Oh, I think it's very possible that the more that comes out, the more certain individuals are afraid will come out. You have to have a great memory to lie because otherwise, you'll (Comey) contradict yourself.

Spitball's picture

Run for office then bitch.
Seems you got all the answers. Quit cryin and get in the game.

farflungstar's picture

The US sanctions Russia who is fighting ISIS and we're told those are "moderate rebels" not ISIS

The US sells arms to Saudi Arabia, who is funding ISIS, but blames Qatar for it all.

James Comey is still a dick.

 

Lea's picture

Plus, the sanctions have given to Russia what Trump promised to deliver to America but didn't: an economic boost though protectionism.

africoman's picture

Now Com'on ZH, you must be joking in mimicking 'fake news'.

If true, this means, either the leak and the leaker are true or  Putin joined the fucking moron American 'Russian involvement' false accusation word games.

gold rubeberg's picture

"He said Moscow and Washington could cooperate in efforts to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction ..."

Just that by itself should be enough to pique US interest in better relations with Russia.

ClickNLook's picture

Billy Clinton once paid Russia 300 million dollars for Russia to keep their nukes safe.

Librarian's picture

But Bush opened up Russia to US chicken hindquarters.

You could find US chicken almost everywhere in Russia during the late 80s and early 90s.

The Russians called the US chicken "Bush's legs".

ClickNLook's picture

What about lend-lease help during ww2: when Russians were doing all that dirty work for the world killing nazis, US was bombarding Russa with spam and Russians loved it.

Volkodav's picture

         terrible product

         Tyson connection

Librarian's picture

I recall that "White Eagle" vodka was being imported into Russia during this same time period.  It was in every kiosk it seemed.  I never tried it.  I'm not much of a drinker.  It's not as a result of any convictions -- religious, moral or criminal.  I just never developed a taste for the stuff.

Librarian's picture

Well.  Except for the Globalists and the Neocons in the US Gov who had already made a substantial downpayment on a war with Russia.

Word has it that Soros only remains alive now due to sheer outrage at being bested.

tbone10's picture

HEY PUTIN   AND ITS ONE, TWO, THREE SHOTS YOUR OUT AT THE OLD BALL GAME!!!

Centerist's picture

Putin's a pretty funny guy, but when will the Lame-Stream Media figure out that they and their establishment confederates are ultimately the butt of his jokes?

His jokes revolve heavily around the Leftist (Democrats and RINOs, both) Establishment's absurd notion that Russia "hacked" our elections, an accusation that the Trump Administration and real supporters of the rule of law roundly reject.  His jokes are not an indictment of our collective government.  They are an indictment of the Marxist authoritarians in our halls of power and their running dogs in the LSM.

There is a huge difference between the real Americans who would successfully enter into an effective transactional relationship with Russia and the fake Americans who would seek to foment false narratives about Russian hacking in order to compromise the integrity of our own system to carry out a bloodless coup.

pine_marten's picture

How can anyone not respect this fellow?  We have not had anyone with that kind of chutzpah since Reagan.

ClickNLook's picture

Why would Russia try to influence (in unknown way) US elections to elect pro-capitalistic candidate and make pro-socialist candidate lose?

Has anybody looked at Russia colluding with US elections to help Hillary win? Maybe it is time to appoint a special prosecutor just for that.

Herodotus's picture

Russia is no longer a socialist country.  The communist government collapsed more than 25 years ago.  However, if you attended a USA public school, you may not yet be aware of this.

ClickNLook's picture

I'm aware that Russia was never a communist country. Does that count for something?

Also, wasn't Putin one of the power figures during socialist's period of Russia?

Librarian's picture

Putin was a Socialist Power Figure?  Are you nuts?  Putin was a complete nobody who wasn't on any intelligence list as a Russian politician to watch.

He drove a damned Zapor-ozhets forchrissake.  

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8d/Bush_Putin_and_ZAZ_c...

Compare that with W's ride during college.

https://assets3.thrillist.com/v1/image/1445742/size/tl-horizontal_main.jpg

Clinton drove a 67 Mustang convertible, FWIW

ClickNLook's picture

Putin's car has a roof. Clintons car: roof is gone.

What cars have to do with anything?

Putin was a Soviet Union spy in East Germany.

That's some power action figure right there.

Just like Hitler was a German government spy on National Social Party.

Or Lenin was a German spy.

Librarian's picture

Not regarded as a good enough spy to warrant a real car, though.

What job did Bush the Elder have again that had to do with spying?

I forgot.  Help me out would you?

ClickNLook's picture

My point was: being a spy is a power figure.

Putin was a power in Soviet Union.

A lot of famous people were spies, like: Mata Hari, Daddy Bush, Daniel Defoe, Casanova, even Elvis.