Deep State Begins Anti-Russia Media Blitz Ahead Of Trump-Putin Meeting

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: We have a fourth Trump attack story as MSNBC's Rachel Maddow claims that "someone is shopping a carefully forged, fairly convincing fake NSA document" to news organizations pointing to Trump campaign collusion with Russia... "we don't know who is doing it but we're wroking on it."

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It's been relatively quiet in the last few weeks on the "the Russians did it, and Trump's Putin's best-buddy" propaganda-fest, but it appears the Deep State had three stories tonight - just hours ahead of Trump's face-to-face with Putin - claim Russian hackers are targeting US nuclear facilities, the Russians are nonchalantly stepping up their spying, and that Russia alone interfered with the US election.

With all eyes on the 'handshake' as Putin and Trump come face-to-face for the first time as world leaders, it seems the Deep State is desperately fearful of some rapprochement, crushing the need for NATO, and destroying the excuses for massive, unprecedented military-industrial complex spending.

And so, three stories (2 anonymously sourced and one with no facts behind it) in The New York Times (who recently retracted their "17 intelligence agencies" lie) and CNN (where do we start with these guys? let's just go with full retraction of an anonymously sourced lie about Scaramucci and Kushner and the Russians) should stir up enough angst to ensure the meeting is at best awkward and at worst a lose-lose for Trump (at least in the eyes of the media).

First off we have the 'news' that hackers have reportedly been breaking into computer networks of companies operating United States nuclear power stations, energy facilities and manufacturing plants, according to a new report by The New York Times.

The origins of the hackers are not known. But the report indicated that an “advanced persistent threat” actor was responsible, which is the language security specialists often use to describe hackers backed by governments.


The two people familiar with the investigation say that, while it is still in its early stages, the hackers’ techniques mimicked those of the organization known to cybersecurity specialists as “Energetic Bear,” the Russian hacking group that researchers have tied to attacks on the energy sector since at least 2012.

And Bloomberg piled on...

The chief suspect is Russia, according to three people familiar with the continuing effort to eject the hackers from the computer networks.

So that's that 5 people - who know something - suspect it was the Russians that are hacking US nuclear facilities (but there's no proof).

Next we move to CNN who claim a 'current and former U.S. intelligence officials' told them that Russian spies have been stepping up their intelligence gathering efforts in the U.S. since the election, feeling emboldened by the lack of significant U.S. response to Russian election meddling.

"Russians have maintained an aggressive collection posture in the US, and their success in election meddling has not deterred them," said a former senior intelligence official familiar with Trump administration efforts.


"The concerning point with Russia is the volume of people that are coming to the US. They have a lot more intelligence officers in the US" compared to what they have in other countries, one of the former intelligence officials says.

But, according to Steve Hall, retired CIA chief of operations, the Russians could also be seeking more information on Trump's administration, which is new and still unpredictable to Moscow

"Whenever there is a deterioration of relations between countries — the espionage and intelligence collection part becomes that much more important as they try to determine the plans and intentions of the adversarial government,"

So that's more anonymous sourcing about Russian spies... doing what they would normally do during a presidential transition.

And so finally, a third story - with CNN trotting out former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, to pin the 'Russians did it' tail on the "this is why we lost the election" donkey...

Claiming that the Russians alone were responsible for interference...

"As far as others doing this, well that's new to me," Clapper, who served under former President Barack Obama, said during an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room."


"We saw no evidence whatsoever that [there] was anyone involved in this other than the Russians," he said. 

Clapper's comments draw a contrast from Trump, who declined earlier Thursday to single out Russia for interference in the 2016 White House race.

So in summary - 3 stories pinning Russia for shameful acts against 'Murica that just happen to hit hours before Trump shakes hands with Putin... ensuring that unless Trump slams Putin to the ground like a wrestling-CNN-logo, he will be adjudged as being soft... and therefore clearly in cahoots with the Russian leader. Seriously, do the Deep State realy think Americans are that dumb? (rhetorical question)

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medium giraffe's picture

"Russian hackers are targeting US nuclear facilities"

Reminds me of the claim that British subs can be hacked.  What? do you just fucking google for them?

So much bullshit.....

espirit's picture

Old saying goes: Don't piss in the well you drink out of.

Scorched earth here we come.

WordSmith2013's picture

The back story to the endless propaganda about Russia is all about the GREAT GAME.


What’s really behind all the fake anti-Russia hysteria?

The "Executive Summary" says it all!

Dukes's picture

Trump and Putin should have a "beer summit".
Let the shitty msm have a field day rationalizing how this time it's bad.

J S Bach's picture

Sometimes I just want to escape to the woods and never come back.  This (((media world of inane contrivance))) literally makes me ill.

doctor10's picture

The MIC must be realizing their line of shit is getting pretty old. Next thing you know, they'll 911 Capitol Hill...

Nexus789's picture

The two should go and get shit faced and solve all the world's problems.

sand_puppy's picture

By "Deep State" and "The Hidden Government" we are referring to the criminal Zionist group, sometimes called just "the neocons" and sometimes the "Khazarian Mafia."  (This group does NOT include the majority of American Jews, who tend to be centrist and progressive.)  But it does include a smaller subset of the Jewish people.  (And a few non-Jewish people like Joe Biden.)

I just came across this interview from the 1970's with H.W. Rosenthal on the Zionist group seeking to rule the world.  for me it was very illuminating.

meditate_vigorously's picture

JU's don't care who gets caught in the crossfire of their internecine East/West wars. All of the rest of us are just cattle to the Chosen People.

EmergentMind's picture

You are "wroking" on it? Tyler, get your editorial skills up to speed, or I forget you as legit.


LetThemEatRand's picture

I wish we could all stop paying attention to the "war" between Trump and CNN.    It's a distraction from much bigger issues.  CNN is not "liberal" media.  It is the Deep State, which is not liberal or conservative.  And I can't help but conclude that Trump is a knowing part of this circus while he leads us into real war under cover of the media war.

null's picture

Nice try.
Really, that was pretty smooth.
But gotta call BS on that ... yes, implying insincerity on your part (with all due respect I suppose).

The shallow play-on-words mixing "liberal" as politically defined with "classic liberal" as in philosophy, would not fool an informed person. But again, nice obfuscation.

LetThemEatRand's picture

"Trump just became president."

CNN's Zakaria when Trump bombed Syria.

Fake news?  Liberal media?

This is all an act.  A circus.  A big show.

null's picture

Just admit that you are against the stated US policy which, largely because of detractors like yourself, he May Not Change Yet, duh.

No shame in disagreeing with US policy.
Do not blame it on POTUS, yet, is that clear? Not yet ...

LetThemEatRand's picture

I would say you should be more specific, but I am against almost all stated US foreign policy, so you're probably right.  But if you can be more specific I'll tell you specifically if you're right about my position.  Which US policy do you think I'm against?  I'll give you an honest answer whether I am or not.

null's picture

No, that's totally cool!
I am guessing polar-opposite, so why nitpick.

One may have to take "US interest" position because of loyalty and not because the US has necessarily acted to deserve this loyalty. The past few decades have been "rough" to say the least.

Many here totally disagree with you about US foreign policy But Hope that this POTUS can cause the US to act in a way that would Mutigate this disagreement. Some things are off the table, but many are likely On The Table with this POTUS.

meditate_vigorously's picture

I do not presume to speak for mister LTER, but I inferred his point was, that the existence of things that are "off the table" is proof that Trump is some faction of Deep State, rather than above board on what he sold those of us who voted for him.

null's picture

So disagreement with you about One (or more) policy equals deep-state membership.

Got it ... you certainly can define it how you want.

espirit's picture

I got the lowdown about them Rooskies prowling about the nookier plant.

Some was dressed like EPA and DHS, real lookin' badges and everything - but I could tell they wasn't real.

I'll tell the whole true story for a million dollahs.

null's picture

That'd be funny if the odds were not that something like that was happening constantly ... I think all the parties have been at this dance for a long time.

August's picture

Back in the day, Clint Eastwood pulled that sort of stuff off... no problem.

baghead's picture

Trump bombing syria gave the "deep state" a temporary boner,when he didn't followup with troops,they went right back to bashing him.

ISEEIT's picture

You don't get it.

"Progressivism" is the deep state. 

"Progressivism" is communism.


Nothing 'liberal' about it.

Wanna be a farm animal.....?

Then be "Progressive".

null's picture

I don't disagree. Yes, anti-liberal in a classical sense.

But you are talking about Statism in general at that point. And one of the Vehicles is progressivism, sure.

And sure, I will admit that some "farming" is arguably necessary for a modern society to function, that makes me a full-on animal? Not fair ...

The Wizard's picture

The arguments here are on the definition of labels. Forget the labels it is quite an easy analysis, centralization of authority vs. decentralization of authority. Call it what you wish.

Memedada's picture

It is you who don’t “get it”.

You write like you’ve been conditioned to - you use the words of your masters.

But maybe you’re different (I think not): can you define “progressivism” and “communism”? I’m a supporter of neither, but I know that in order to cure a disease you have to diagnose it correctly (the reason why the disease in power have made you misdiagnose it as “communism”).


meditate_vigorously's picture

I was about to tell you to take your meds, but since you got a fair number of upvotes, I wonder what I am missing, that you failed to articulate.

null's picture

Just trying to articulate that people be-talking-crap about this POTUS for no actual reason since he has not gotten a chance to govern.

Good point about the meds ... if you just gotta project to motivate yourself to take yours, glad 2 help.

meditate_vigorously's picture

Getting people to think of things as systems and management of systems, rather than Hegellian Dialectic (problem/solution), is the hardest part.

The TV PROGRAMMING over the last 70 years has been more than successful.

hoytmonger's picture

Trump does seem to lead the way in terms of distractions.

He's a proven big-government, tax-and-spend progressive from NYC.

He has zero respect for individual liberty or private property rights.

But the mouth breathers eat it up.

Billy the Poet's picture

You're free to send your global warming contribution to China and make your daughter share a locker room with trannies. No one is stopping you. Release your inner nose breather.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Billy, note that the only changes Trump has made so far have been on these issues.  Tranny bathrooms.  Paris Accord.  The exact issues that are designed to divide us.  I'll give you that I'd rather have Trump dealing with these issues than Hillary, but have you noticed that the issues that actually matter because they affect us all -- moar war, moar NSA, moar Deep State, bigger military budget, moar prison industrial complex, moar debt -- are the same as they would have been under Hillary?

Billy the Poet's picture

Would the media be fracturing like it is if Hillary had won? Would the average guy have ever discovered this thing called the "deep state" if Hillary had won? Would the Clinton Global Initiative have closed up shop  if Hillary had won?

LetThemEatRand's picture

All good questions.  I don't know, except obviously the Clinton Global Initiative would still be going strong had Hillary won.   

What I do know is that we're not making any progress towards more individual freedom or less war, or less control by oligarchs/bankers, which are the issues that matter to me.  And I'm still making my Obamacare premium payment every month.  And my taxes are the same.  And my small business red tape is the same.  

As for media fracturing, MSNBC has grown in ratings and is now second only to Fox.  So divide and conquer seems to be working even better now.  I don't have much a dog in the fight of whether CNN specifically rates well.

Billy the Poet's picture
Top General Says Hillary No Fly Zone Means WAR With Russia



On the other hand:


U.S. prepared to hold joint operations with Russia in Syria, Tillerson says




meditate_vigorously's picture

I am missing where he referenced global warming. Are you a professional shill or a professional idiot?

Billy the Poet's picture

I'm the guy who is amused by your outrage.

hoytmonger's picture

And you're free to have your land confiscated through eminent domain and have your grandchildren live in debt to pay for your support of the MIC.

Miss Expectations's picture

The lies are too damn big.

Dormouse's picture

How is it that Clapper isn't behind bars yet?

BlindMonkey's picture

He is in line.  The have to prosecute Jon Corzine first......



Hahahaha.  I kill me...

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture


(sorry, can't help myself)

thinkmoretalkless's picture

For the record, he is a verified liar

max_leering's picture

he'd snap trump like a twig... then fart on him

stant's picture

Just gettin down with the sickness, they've got it cranked up high

cherry picker's picture

Maybe Trump will reenact that cnn video live and try and take down putin

That would keep this bulls hit in the news for a bit.

Media, intelligence agencies, politicians and military have no credibility with me.

chindit13's picture

Three for three are correct.

Number 4, which wasn't noted, is that the IC (only moonbats call the Executive, Judicial and Legislative Branches 'Deep State') is monitoring Russian cut-outs and co-opted types in the US who place articles on behalf of the FSB/GRU/SVR. Such folks should expect......difficulties.

It would be a good time to take that summer vacation to Vladivostok.