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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ClickNLook's picture

"According to Putin's official biography, during the fall of the Berlin Wall that began on 9 November 1989, he burned KGB files to prevent demonstrators from obtaining them."

It is funny to think that Putin probably destroyed some documents then, which he could use for blackmailing Merkel right now.

Little did he know...

rf80412's picture

The Stasi did the same thing when they saw the writing on the wall.  Their HQ ended up getting stormed when people saw the "secure document destruction" shredder trucks pulling up out front.

Steverino's picture

Putin with the mic drop...

VideoEng_NC's picture

It's the middle of June 2017 & Putin is still spanking #44.  Epic troll indeed...

SRV's picture

The poll result you will never hear reported by the pigs... Rasmussen uses a fair Dem/GOP sample split (but still more Dems) and reports 47%.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administra...

Gallup, conveniently reporting every day (a questionable practice using the same households with obvious inherent issues over time) to give the mocking bird press fresh red meat each morning, will not release it's party affiliation data (repeated request go unanswered... almost all "reputable" polls publish affiliation in the detailed breakdown published with each poll).

However, Quinnipiac gets similar results and the last one used 25% GOP & 35% Dem (in this environment the Dem votes against Trump would approach 100%)... simple as that to get whatever result you desire and no questions are ever asked!

nevertheless's picture

Comey is NOT a "leaker", he is a paid troll who is playing a role, just like Trump...While we get never ending distractions, the border remains wide open, and Trump continues to follow Obama in his war for Israel in the Middle East. 

decentralisedscrutinizer's picture

 

Almost all the world’s economic and political problems revolve around the hegemony of a global corporate cartel, which is headquartered in the US because this is where their dominant military force resides. The US Constitution is therefore the “kingpin” of an all-inclusive global financial empire. These fictitious entities now own the USA and command its military infrastructure by virtue of the Federal Reserve Corporation, regulatory capture, MSM propaganda, and congressional lobbying.

 

The Founders had to fight a bloody Revolutionary War to win our right to incorporate as a nation – the USA. But then, for whatever reason, our Founders granted the greediest businessmen among them unrestricted corporate charters with enough potential capital & power to compete with the individual states, smaller sovereign nations, and eventually to buy out the USA itself. The only way The People can regain our sovereignty as a constitutional republic now is to severely curtail the privileges of any corporation doing business here. To remain sovereign we have to stop granting corporate charters to just any “suit” that comes along without fulfilling a defined social value in return. The "Divine Right Of Kings” should not apply to fictitious entities just because they are “Too Big To Fail”. We can't afford to privatize our Treasury to transnational banks anymore. Government must be held responsible only to the electorate, not fictitious entities; and banks must be held responsible to the government if we are ever to restore sanity, much less prosperity, to the world.

 

It was a loophole in our Constitution that allowed corporate charters to be so easily obtained that a swamp of corruption inevitably flooded our entire economic system. It is a swamp that can't be drained at this point because the Constitution doesn’t provide a drain. This 28th amendment is intended to install that drain so Congress can pull the plug ASAP. As a matter of political practicality we must rely on the Article 5 option to do this, for which the electorate will need overwhelming consensus beforehand. Seriously; an Article 5 Constitutional Convention is rapidly becoming our only sensible option.

 

This is what I think it will take to save the world; and nobody gets hurt: 28th Amendment

 

28th Amendment:

 

Corporations are not persons in any sense of the word and shall be granted only those rights and privileges that Congress deems necessary for the well-being of the People. Congress shall provide legislation defining the terms and conditions of corporate charters according to their purpose; which shall include, but are not limited to:

 

1, prohibitions against any corporation; a, owning another corporation; b, becoming economically indispensable or monopolistic; or c, otherwise distorting the general economy;

 

2, prohibitions against any form of interference in the affairs of; a, government, b, education, c, news media; or d, healthcare, and

 

3, provisions for; a, the auditing of standardized, current, and transparent account books; b, the establishment of state and municipal banking; and c, civil and criminal penalties to be suffered by corporate executives for violation of the terms of a corporate charter.

    

Sid Davis's picture

Why create corporations at all. They are creatures of the government, many just as evil. Governments grant corporations special privileges, and that is a significant advantage for them.

The problem with allowing governments to charter corporations is that the corporations then can mass great amounts of capital, but the owners have no personal liability for the bad acts of the corporation. Massing capital creates monopolistic advantage, and lack of personal liability for the owners (shareholders) encourages irresponsibility.

Partners in general partnerships and sole proprietors are personally liable for any bad acts committed by their business activities. This makes people very careful when they put money into the business, and limits how many people are willing to be an owner of the business. Eliminating corporations would increase competition and increases the numbers of mom and pop size business, essentially distributing capital broadly across the population.

Creating organizations with special privilege like limited liability for owners is by definition not a free market economy.

Anonymous IX's picture

You describe one of the most deabilitating problems which exists within the financial structure/sector of the U.S.  You are entirely correct.  Corporations/businesses enter into business in such a manner so that they cannot be sued or held legally liable for financially risky Vegas-style gambling.  They use both their own capital and money belonging to the U.S. citizen (via federal government guarantees toward the citizen and/or corporation) which has been put at their disposal by special regulations and exemptions.  We can look back at the Savings and Loan scandal to see this strategy working beautifully for those who want to risk others' money.  The federal government (i.e., U.S. citizens' money) paid off and backed up despositor guarantees.

BTW, Putin is correct...as always.   

Sid Davis's picture

One of these days people are going to wake up to the fact that Russia is moving away from communism while the US is moving toward it.

If the former USSR can collapse and break up into separate nations, with the result of movement toward freedom in some of these nations, then the US federal government, the equivalent of the former USSR, may have hope too that it will collapse and breakup with some of the parts moving toward freedom. Just having the yoke of the federal government off of our shoulders would be a great relief.

We might just have much more of a chance with a friendly relationship and commonality of interest with Russia than with these perverts in Europe who are changing their cultures under the Muslim invasion.

Great observation Mr. Putin.

ClickNLook's picture

Communism was never achieved in Russia.

Maybe in Israel (government sponsored) or some parts of US (Amish people - internal limited communism), but not in Russia, not even close.

The canonical form of communism has never been accomplished.

VideoEng_NC's picture

There'll always be someone or group that when it comes to the collective, they're the ones who're saying, "Nope, this is mine...".  Think you're spot on with your point.

BigCumulusClouds's picture

The Amish are not communists. To the contrary.

SmittyinLA's picture

Moving away?

We stuffed their face in cow pies with it, America isn't moving towards Communism were going full retard tilt toward Communism Thelma and Louise flor it off a cliff towards Communism we elected Kamala Harris with an illegal alien mob AFTER OBAMA.

How stupid is that?

Shue's picture

That's how a true world class Statesman behaves. Respect to President Putin. 

xizang777's picture

Russia has an ideal place in Siberia where Comey can work for his room and board.

Volkodav's picture

      Siberia don't want

Omega_Man's picture

Putin is having a good laugh, so am I

shimmy's picture

I realize he is no doubt a corrupt asshole but I sure do like when Putin makes fun of the U.S. and points out obvious facts regarding American hypocrisy.

Robert Trip's picture

Since when does a special prosecutor appointed by a disenchanted Jew Assistant A.G. go after the President?

Fire Meuller and that back-stabbing turncoat Sorenstein and let's get on with it.

We won it all.

Who gives a shit at this point what the optics are>

We all know the progressives hate our guts but fuck them.

ClickNLook's picture

So, Jews are against Trump and Israel is pro-Trump?

What is this? Double standard?

Trump is dividing Jews? Turning them against Israel?

Also, his family... Sad!

LOL123's picture

Putin knows the real history of the US and the money changers. It's not easy to catch him off guard. KGB know secrets too and his jab at Comical Comey speaks volumes. Comey is a tratior to the Constitution and the United States... Clinton chose well to help subvert our Nation. Unfortunately there are more where he came from inside the White House and outside... Jewish owned media being only one of them.

" Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that ... I want to tell you something very clear. Don't worry about American Pressure on Israel we Jewish people control America and the Americans know it."- Ariel Sharon- Israel

Rubicon727's picture

Classic Putin - cutting to the chase with wit and irony. Perfect!

Sam Spayed's picture

The Democrat party is making the US look like a bunch of buffoons on the world stage.

There's picture

And the world leaders think its President FlimFlam. How odd.

There's picture

Is it true that the American Judicial system works with name calling and inuendo?

This Administration is trying to make a Mockery of the Judicial system and says that 

the justification is "we won so we can do what ever we want".

Is an agenda of trashing the poor and middle class, making sure only the "right people vote", 

tax cuts for the rich, and passing laws that require "Vaginal Probes" to control abortion 

truly the way to "Make America Great Again"?

Meanwhile nothing to advance this country is getting done. 

When will the celebration be over?

Bananas anyone?

dlfield's picture

The "judicial system" is doing a fine job of making a mockery of itself, on its own. Get back on your meds.

OCnStiggs's picture

Actually, the Progressive Liberals you obviously listen to and believe implicitly want to do away with the bedrock foundation of our legal system: The Constitution. Whomever told you Trump is "trying to make a mockery of the judicial system" lied to you. He has it in his power to ignore the court order and institute his ban on the countries as a function of his power as president. But, he has not. He has obeyed the court order. He also has it in his power to pardon anyone at any time. He could pardon Flynn and stop all the whining fabricated foolishness about Russian swaying the elction (they DID NOT) or the current move to obstruction of justice (another wrong idea because the POTUS can STOP investigations at will. Obama did it.

Nothing is getting done because the Democrats are OBSTRUCTING every move the President makes and he only got his full cabinet LAST WEEK.

You are another ignorant liberal who believes the crap he hears on the mainstream media outlets. You demonstrate that ignorance by parroting talking points that have been debunked, yet you still believe them.Before the election, Hitlery said "Challenging the outcome of the election would undermine the basis for our free society!" YET, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU LIBERAL MORONS HAVE DONE SINCE YOU LOST TEN MONTHS AGO!!!

You lost. Get over it.

mendigo's picture

This warrants an investigation. To be spearhead by commitee to include schumer/pelosie/waters. Will need input from our "intelligence community" prefferably a unanimous consensus. Formerly I would have nominated sharpton as well but i fear hes a bit old school for this crew.

Drink when a new accusation of collusion with russians is alledged!

When it rains yellow...

Mzhen's picture

Comrade Comey has a ring to it.

BustainMovealota's picture

Americans are being played by their own leadership.  Maybe they will wake up eventually, but probably not.

tbone10's picture

Putin for president of USA

Yen Cross's picture

  Too fucking funny... I need to stock up on beer and Lucky Charms cereal.

TePikoElPozo's picture

THE RUSSIANS MADE COMEY DO IT !

 

kavabanga's picture

Lol russian ruble will cost soon like nothing. Have you watched chart recently. It's ?ossible soon...

what you think we'll go and buy all russians fields houses lakes and rivers soon? For?)

https://www.tradingview.com/chart/USDRUB_TOM/gXyD8V8M-LONG-USDRUB-FOR-175/

Serious.Lee's picture

Words are used to create sentences, not meatloaf.

LoveTruth's picture

Huge amount of money is pored in East Europe to promote gay culture. Homosexuality is a defect of the human body. No normal person is proud of his defects, no normal person promotes his defects as a sign of high accomplishment. 

The US public has been brainwashed to defend homosexuality as if it was a scientific progress in humanity. It is  not.

Among men 67% of all new HIV infected are gay men! Gays are about 1.8% of the men's population, but yet they are so much ahead in HIV infected people that the government should and must take actions to educate the publich of how dangereous gay sex could be.  

Gay propaganda should be banned in each country, just as Russia did it. 

Village-idiot's picture

Haven't you figured it out already that promoting homosexuality, vaccines, legalization of pot, opioids, blacks vs whites, ANTIPHA, destruction of Christianity and the family unit, drugs, giving guns to young blacks, refusing to convict any cop for anything, destruction of the food by GMOs and chemicals, fluoridation of the water supply, etc, etc, etc, is all part of the master-plan to reduce the world's population.

And, the general population is so stupid that it's working! (while we continue to watch Gilligan's Island reruns)

On the other hand, Putin is cleaning up the food supply by refusing to allow GMOs and agro-chemicals into Russia, saying that Russia will have the cleanest food in the world. Outlawing pedophiles and homosexuals access to children.

There's a man that cares about his country and his fellow citizens.

847328_3527's picture

Comey is the Russian Mole inside the FBI evidently. He should be arrested and sent to Gitmo for interrogation.he is worse the those terrorists since he pretended to be pro-America when he was a dirty rotten traitor all along.

LoveTruth's picture

Day after day, US is moving away from anything that makes common sense. 

Roth-a-feller's picture

HAHAHA !!!

 

I'll never stop laughing.

 

 

 

Roth-a-feller's picture

Cutin and Pomey.    One is 5 feet 7 inches.  The other is 6 feet 7 inches.    

SmittyinLA's picture

Throw in Anna Chapman and a state pension and you got a deal!

Mr Perspective's picture

Hmm this was posted at 9:11. Coincidence?   /sarc

VWAndy's picture

 Where did all the moderits go? All we are getting is extreamists views.

esum's picture

comey the criminal clown made millions off his crimes..... snowden not

Farqued Up's picture

After watching the commie's and their useful idiots, the RINOS, I'm convinced that COMMON SENSE is the biggest oxymoron ever. Having good common sense is now synonymous with moronic simpleton.

esum's picture

russia warned about alpha jalloh and the seth rich situation prior to the murder.... but the FBI didn't act

JUST LIKE THEY DIDNT ACT WITH THE BOSTON BOMBER 3 PRIOR WARNINGS FROM RUSSIA... plus additional 3 from saudi arabia

just like the FBI didnt act with prior warnings abut Mc Veigh or the 9/11 hijackers.....