Russiagate Explained

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

Michael Flynn is in the news again.

Russiagaters are gushing with excitement at the revelation that Flynn’s lawyers are no longer sharing information with the president’s legal team now that Robert Mueller’s investigation is looking more closely at the former National Security Advisor’s involvement in the production of a film about an exiled cleric from Turkey. The story goes that this separation means that Flynn has struck a deal with Mueller, which Mueller wouldn’t permit him to do if he didn’t have damning information on Trump.

Of course this excitement is dependent on the false belief that Mueller’s job is to get the president impeached, and that he would only cut deals toward that ultimate end. It is also dependent on the false belief that there is any evidence to be found that Trump illegally colluded with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election. And, like the rest of the Russiagate enthusiasm around Flynn, it is also somewhat dependent on compartmentalizing away from the fact the Turkey and Russia are two completely different countries.

This is all par for course in the interminable dance of soaring excitement followed by thinly veiled disappointment that Russiagaters have been engaged in for over a year. I’ve been receiving some complaints that I don’t recap enough on the specific details of why I reject the establishment Russia narrative so aggressively, so if you’re just tuning in, what follows is a quick synopsis of how this weird thing has been going so far.

At the beginning of 2015 Hillary Clinton was already scaring people with her intensely hawkish positions on Russia, long before she went all-in on her horrifying support for a no-fly zone in a region where Russian military planes were conducting operations. Coincidentally this same nation Clinton wanted to fight happens to be the nation everyone in her political party is supporting new cold war escalations with today.

When WikiLeaks began releasing Democratic party emails, those ever-trustworthy truth angels collectively known as the US intelligence community began asserting that the leaks were provided by Russian hackers, a claim WikiLeaks denies. Clinton, still widely expected to win the presidency, used that opportunity to call for “military responses” to cyber intrusions, saying as president she would “make it clear that the United States will treat cyber attacks just like any other attack.”

In a debate with Trump in October of 2016, Clinton asserted that “17 intelligence agencies” had all concluded that Russia was behind the WikiLeaks releases, which this year we learned was actually four agencies, which was actually three agencies plus Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, which was actually two dozen agents from the CIA, FBI and NSA that Clapper hand-picked himself.

James Clapper is a known Russophobic racist who has said that Russians “are almost genetically driven to co-opt, penetrate, gain favor, whatever,” and that “It is in their genes to be opposed, diametrically opposed to the United States and to Western democracies.”

Clinton has continued to repeat the “17 intelligence agencies” lie long after it was conclusively debunked, and Democratic party loyalists continue to repeat it to this day. They do this to manufacture the illusion that this is something agreed upon by the entire US intelligence community and not two dozen analysts picked by a man with a seething eugenicist hatred of Russians.

Russia, incidentally, functions with regard to the United States as the right arm of China, the chief rival of the US power establishment Clinton has spent her career immersed in.

In January Clapper’s ODNI released its much anticipated intelligence report on the Russian hacking allegations to the public, which spent much of its space bizarrely talking about the fact that RT America covers third party presidential candidates and Occupy Wall Street. It ties Guccifer 2.0 to the WikiLeaks releases on very shaky grounds, despite an abundance of evidence that “Guccifer 2.0” is in fact an US establishment psyop and not a hacker at all.

To this day we’ve seen no hard evidence of Russian hacking the Democratic party emails despite assurances from NSA veterans that if such evidence exists it can surely be found on NSA records and safely shared with the public without exposing any sources or compromising any methods that aren’t public knowledge already. And yet the anti-Russia sentiment that assertion sparked has been used to manufacture support for sanctions, troops along Russia’s border, NATO expansionism and proxy conflicts. This is simply unacceptable in a post-Iraq invasion world. When it comes to assertions which lead to war, including cold war, the US intelligence community must be considered guilty until proven innocent. They have lost the trust of every sensible person forever.

The many, many gaping plot holes in the Russian hacking narrative are likely why as 2017 has worn on, establishment loyalists have been opting to focus more on allegations that Russia used a pervasive propaganda campaign to get Trump elected.

This includes RT America, which has the temerity to air the anti-establishment opinions of Americans whom mainstream media outlets refuse to platform, Pikachu-gate, and a narrative about $100,000 in Facebook ads somehow influencing a $6.8 billion election despite the fact that the ads in question rarely mentioned the election and most of them not being seen until after it was over.

Most disturbingly, the “Russian propaganda” angle has led to a large percentage of the US population supporting and promulgating the narrative that Americans need to be protected from ideas or information, which has led to enormous increases in corporate censorship across all major social media platforms. Which of course works out nicely for the unelected power establishment which has a vested interest in manipulating the ideas and information that Americans consume.

So that’s the narrative about Russia’s half of Russiagate. The story about Trump’s half is even more absurd.

The notion that Democrats may be able to get Trump impeached for colluding with Russia really took hold in January with the release of the now-infamous Christopher Steele dossier, which alleges that Russians have been blackmailing Trump into compliance with their agendas using a video they took years prior of Trump paying a bunch of prostitutes to urinate on a bed the Obamas once slept in. Apart from the obvious fact that nothing about this is even remotely believable, the dossier itself is riddled with significant errors and mostly unverified, and Steele himself has been distancing himself from parts of it. Some of the more high-octane Russiagaters have claimed that since some small parts of the Dossier have been confirmed to contain accurate basic information it must therefore all be true, which is the same as claiming that since Alex Jones was right about Iraq WMDs he’s definitely right about everything else he says as well.

Oh, and the position on Ukraine that the dossier alleges Trump was blackmailed into espousing? It’s virtually identical to Obama’s, and arguably more anti-Russia.

You’ll also hear a lot of talk about how Trump has “financial ties to Russia”, meaning he is necessarily therefore financially beholden to the Kremlin.

This story of course requires that you ignore the many, many other foreign countries with which Trump has financial ties in order to view this as significant. Why would Trump exclude Russia from his map of business deals when the arm-waving hysteria about that country didn’t start until last year? In order to make Russian business ties look significant amid a sea of other foreign business ties you need to make the case that Russia is uniquely nefarious among nations, and few Americans saw it that way until the anti-Russia propaganda campaign began last year.

There’s talk about how some campaign officials met with Russians, which is only suspicious if you ignore all the other foreign nationals they met with and doublethink your way into believing that Russia has always been viewed as uniquely malicious among nations. Manafort and Gates were indicted for stuff that had nothing to do with Trump or Russia, and back in August the Washington Post ran a story explicitly stating that Papadopoulos was a very low-level aide whose attempts to arrange meetings between campaign officials and Russians were consistently rejected by the Trump campaign.

Taken individually, parts of Russiagate look like they could maybe possibly somehow lead somewhere plausible. Taken together, it’s obvious that the American people are being manipulated toward an anti-detente agenda by the Democrats who just want Trump impeached and the US power establishment which wants to secure geopolitical power by aggressively undermining its potential rivals.

The term Gish gallop refers to a fallacious debate tactic in which one barrages one’s opposition with a deluge of individually weak arguments which take far too long to debunk individually in a way that sustains the audience’s interest. This is all Russiagate amounts to. When Russiagaters tell you that there’s “too much smoke for there not to be fire”, they are unwittingly telling you “I’ve been won over by a Gish gallop fallacy.”

Every single aspect of their argument can be easily debunked without exception, but since there’s so much of it and since pundits are assuring them of its reality so confidently, they believe.

Every few weeks there’s some major new “bombshell” revelation which Russiagaters get all excited about, only to have people read the actual information in the “bombshell” and find out it’s not actually anything incriminating or particularly remarkable. Take all those “bombshells” together, though, and you create the illusion of something real. That’s all this nonsense is.

 

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Comments

BuddyEffed TeamDepends Mon, 11/27/2017 - 00:30 Permalink

There does appear to be a lot of shady business deals and possible money laundering tied to some of the people involved. That may be the big deal on this. A pivot towards Russia always made sense as their values are more in line with ours than the ME countries. But was there attempts to benefit monetarily from said pivot that crossed the line ?

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Refuse-Resist TeamDepends Mon, 11/27/2017 - 07:04 Permalink

At this point, with regard to Twitter, you don't get and keep a blue checkmark unless you are openly anti -White, not white, and re-affirm that shit every day.But Twitter will ban Whites who post FBI crime stats, for example.  And take away check marks from MAGA/civic nationalists.If you post "I hate white people" on Twitter, you keep your checkmark. If you swap you white with black you'll be instantly perma-banned.fuck Twitter's checkmarks.   They're about as good as pedotube's censoring rational voices like Jordan Peterson, while endorsing and allowing many thousands of child abuse videos to be monetized and promoted.Twitter and YT can be good sources but you can tell when people get too close to the truth -- they get banned.In this case, this bitch (should go back to Africa) has a blue checkmark - indicating a professed and endorsed hatred for Whites, hetereosexuals, Christians, and anybody who disagrees with post-modernism or cultural marxism.The only 'joy rides' I envision for Ms. Reid are a cargo ship one way to Liberia, or a Pinochet style helicopter ride.      

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AlaricBalth Hugh_Jass Sun, 11/26/2017 - 22:47 Permalink

Every dying empire has needed a bogeyman to keep the war machine going. In recent memory we have had Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban, Al-Qaida, ISIS and now full circle back to Russia, our Cold War nemesis. Each perceived foe since the USSR has been an American construct.
The irony here is that the US is someone else's bogeyman.

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Billy the Poet TahoeBilly2012 Sun, 11/26/2017 - 23:11 Permalink

Hillary admits to paying for a dossier which lists Kremlin agents as sources.Hillary admits to paying for a dossier which lists Kremlin agents as sources.Hillary admits to paying for a dossier which lists Kremlin agents as sources. Source A—to use the careful nomenclature of his dossier—was “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure.” Source B was “a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.”https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/how-the-explosive-russian-dossi… And did I mention that Hillary admits to paying for a dossier which lists Kremlin agents as sources?

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serotonindumptruck TahoeBilly2012 Sun, 11/26/2017 - 23:23 Permalink

If the propaganda is to be believed, then Vladimir Putin was a former KGB Agent who specialized in assassination techniques that were applied without the use of weapons, while using his bare hands.Personally, I wouldn't want to fuck with someone like Vladimir Putin.I'm reminded of that "slip and fall" scene in "The Hunt for Red October", where Captain Ramius disposes of the KGB agent.

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BobEore AlaricBalth Mon, 11/27/2017 - 00:09 Permalink

Each perceived foe since the USSR has been an American construct...

err, no, not xactly. Actually - no at all...
'perceived foes' ... and 'perception' in the general sense having become the province of talmudist psyops and Operation Talpiot style fake news media empires...

Merika's perceived foes are Sraels' perceived targets. Which is why... once the psyops within matryoshka doll within enigmatic talmudo-sabbatean-frankist gangster mafiyas who circulate via multiple passported Russo-Turco-Sraeilo citizenship

are 'perceived' simply for what they are... the Potemkin Gulag/\village of Ms Johnson's latest attempt to win the fake news princess cinderella crown - to whit:

"like the rest of the Russiagate enthusiasm around Flynn, it is also somewhat dependent on compartmentalizing away from the fact the Turkey and Russia are two completely different countries."

comes crashin down in a blazin inferno of mistruths, distortions and ignorance of the willfull kind!

Turkiye... and Russia... parts two n three of a talmudic nuttcraker suite o sionist led "URASIAN" satrapies -Iran being the number one Sraeli undercover luver....of the trio...

have been joined at the hip in unholy alliance since June of 2016... when the lingering 'non-fake news' residue of real reportage wrote
https://storify.com/SuaveBel/smoke-on-the-water
https://storify.com/SuaveBel/syrian-endgame-a-shifting-of-desert-sands

the two pieces critical for understanding what has really gone down in the muddled east since that moment ...

which is why they will continue to be ignored by the fake news mediaz... in favor of outright disinfo merchants and Bloomberg subscription feeds.

Flynn... sold out his country for a jihadi paycheck... that's the real "russiagate" explained... in no time flat.

\put down the foolaid - and pick up the thread - of Tevfik Arif n friends... https://trump-russia.com/2017/09/30/who-is-tevfik-arif-part-i/

mega maga dudes!

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Implied Violins BlindMonkey Mon, 11/27/2017 - 01:51 Permalink

I've been seeing this "QANON" stuff all over; is it anything to do with this FourChan thread?

http://boards.4chan.org/pol/thread/149485163#p149486381

- and specifically this incredible one-page graphic which is, like, twenty years of David Icke books translated down to one page?

http://i.4cdn.org/pol/1510721980451.jpg

If so, then I 'get it' and hope it spreads...but if I'm wrong, if anyone has the info please send me a link to a text-based explanation of what 'QANON' is. I only get 4 Gigabtyes of data download per month so I can't watch videos I've seen on the topic, and that's all that comes up with a 'net search.

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Shibumi2 Sun, 11/26/2017 - 22:43 Permalink

Idiots...and the clinton foundation receives $150 million to broker a uranium deal with the same Russians and nothing from the MSM?

Unreal

Neochrome Sun, 11/26/2017 - 23:18 Permalink

It is obvious that journalists on CIA payroll are there to do in US what they do in any other country in the world: subvert, pervert and run it into ground. Just because they don't have the mandate to operate on US soil doesn't mean shit, lack of mandate never stopped them before from doing what ever they want. If anything, there should be an investigation into CIA-gate and why are they handling US journalists, not some nebulous Russia-gate.

AurorusBorealus Sun, 11/26/2017 - 23:39 Permalink

Now let me explain how this whole "Russiagate" affair looks to those who do not live in the U.S.  First, the U.S. has meddled in the elections and affairs of nearly every nation on earth.  The U.S. has overthrown countless governments, backed an endless stream of dictators, trained death and torture squads to prop up dictators, sold arms to every radical, militarist group on the planet, invaded country after country, lied to the entire world time and again, killed thousands of their own people in a phoney terror attack, bankrupted entire nations on a whim, and allowed Wall Street and U.S.-based multinational corporations to impoverish billions of people around the world.So, did the Russians "meddle" in the U.S. elections?  No one, outside of the U.S. or Israel cares, and frankly, if Russia did meddle in the U.S. elections... good.  Someone needs to, because the U.S. population has done nothing... absolutely nothing... to stop the endless string of crimes against humanity committed by the facist terror syndicate that runs their nation and includes all of their political elites.  The U.S. is a tyrannical power whose collapse will be celebrated around the world in a day of jubilee.

SilvaDolla AurorusBorealus Mon, 11/27/2017 - 02:11 Permalink

I apologize that I haven’t been able to do more. I’ve tried to make more people aware and to question the authorities here for years through music and talking. But many have their blinders on and As long as they are getting some semblance of ‘the American dream’, they will remain willfully ingorant of the truth.

All I can do is point out the holes in the stage scenery and the man behind the curtain and keep hoping that enough will wise up to do something about it.

Karma https://youtu.be/8LK3znG5jK4

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Small Governme… Sun, 11/26/2017 - 23:32 Permalink

America is in its death throes.  When crap like the fantasy Russia stories gets treated as credible by the media, it proves the media is not only corrupt, but totally incompetent.For democracy to work, it requires a free and informed electorate.  The media plays a crucial role in informing the electorate.  With the US media, they view their role as that of a propaganda machine.  Informing the electorate of the truth about current events is not even the slightest part of what US media views as their role or responsibility.As a result, America's electorate is deaf, dumb, and blind to the truth about current events.When alternative media like ZeroHedge.com and RT.com carry the truth about current events, the US media and US politicians attack them and attempt to discredit them.Democracy is dying quickly in America as a consequence.  And, America is dying just as quickly.

Manipuflation Mon, 11/27/2017 - 00:04 Permalink

Naked Russian women?  I see that all of the time but I want one more WHITE child.  I have been in there for two goals.  She will not let me do the hat trick.  Mrs.M is a not dumb woman.  Maybe she is correct?  But who will make new white people then?We are getting outbred plain and simple.     

Refuse-Resist ebear Mon, 11/27/2017 - 07:17 Permalink

You can thank the welfare state and affirmative action for starters.But if you go back to the founding of that welfare state, you'll find a coincident event we know as the women's' suffrage.We do not live in a natural state. We live in a dysgenic environment where reproduction of society's lowest tier is subsidized and rewarded while higher tiers are forced at gunpoint to fund this breeding program to their own detriment.We work like good little hamsters, pay our taxes, and wait to have kids till we feel we're stable enough to do so. The welfare beneficiaries just pop them out as fast as possible, and profit.It's K selection vs R selection ( an interesting and relevant topic especially with regard to discussions of demographic issues).In nature most welfare recipients would be dead or never have been born.  Dumb asses would've gotten lost or been eaten on the way to the outhouse 150 yeas ago.Now, thanks to the welfare state, they outnumber productive people. And Manipuflation's comment was 100% correct.We are being out-bred. By design. Combine that with open borders and free trade globalism and it's easy to see what is planned for White people in America.Elimination.Who is in charge. Who is dreaming up these wonderful (((ideas))) and promoting them with the full force of media, government, and academia?Hmm.It rhymes with news.   

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Grandad Grumps Mon, 11/27/2017 - 00:51 Permalink

So just a little fakery of Flynn's face ... the nose for sure, the mouth for sure and left eye for sure. At least they did not overlay a whole new face on the head... like so many others.

gespiri Mon, 11/27/2017 - 03:41 Permalink

This is what happens when these degenerates get admitted into Harvard (due to affirmative action), graduate, and then believe that they are superior than the average thinking person on the street.  These people spread lies in order to keep the narrative going, which is how they generate and paid millions of fees.Anyone who deliberately spread false stories (without facts nor proof) which threaten national security, such as this Russia narrative, should be jailed and shot.

Velocitor Mon, 11/27/2017 - 05:05 Permalink

Is Joy Reid still stuck on the 17 agencies? Hasn't anybody told her the 17 agencies were not unanimous? It seems unfair to give Joy Reid a platform to air her opinions, without giving equal time to her peers at the National Inquirer and the World News Weekly.

WTFUD Mon, 11/27/2017 - 06:22 Permalink

Going out on a limb here to say 1 in 20 plebs are switched on to this 3 card monte python fist-fuck. Problem we have is not in the numbers as they constitute far in excess of what would generally be considered large enough to put an end to this charade, however, most unfortunately, the petty divisions among us will prevent 'we the people' taking down this Cabal of Satanists.

Refuse-Resist Mon, 11/27/2017 - 07:23 Permalink

In post modern America, skin color is the only thing that matters. Since this bitch is black, I simply do not give one single fuck what she says. I don't care about her or what she wants.I just want her as far from me as possible where I don't hear the 85 IQ bullshit coming out of her mouth.Negro fatigue is real and it's spreading like Ebola. Thanks to the actions of Joy Ried and many others.Another disease is recurring now as well, one thought long ago eliminated -- Jew Fatigue.Again, the actions and words of some people are contributing mightily to its spread.The combination of the two afflictions results in a new state of mind for the sufferer called THTGB (they have to go back).  

gcjohns1971 Mon, 11/27/2017 - 08:42 Permalink

Imagine the Burger King WHOPPER.It comes in a large cardboard box.  The smells of flame-broiled meat and French fries permeate those boxes.Maybe your moth begins to water in anticipation. Most people do it involuntarily, regardless of what your mind thinks of the sandwich.So you open that box...and find nothing but a ketchup stain.  Thosesmellsv are drving you crazy.What do you do? Like anyone, you demand your sandwich.  And like any business, the management promises the next one coming to be glorious.Soon the box comes.  You open it.  And again...just scraps.So you go to the management again. They promise again. And again!  Nothing there!So you approach the management again.  But this time every head turns your way as you hear, "Sir, I am sorry you are dissatisfied. By look! Just look at how much you've gorged yourself!" This, as the manager points to the numerous boxes Containing nothing but scraps.It seems to all that you have gluttonously gorged yourself.But there was nothing there. And the True Believers never judge more deeply than the box.  When in fact...it is all just a big nothingburger.Mueller has to pretend he has gorged himself to remain credible.But we should all be peering in the boxes.