Letter: Disinformation about Russia

Published: 11/20/2020 12:03:04 AM
Modified: 11/20/2020 12:02:52 AM

There was much disinformation in Tim Weiner’s “What’s going on with Trump and the Pentagon?” (Monitor Opinion, Nov 14), more than can be addressed in one letter. It included this claim: “Some of [Trump’s] closest aides were in cahoots with a Russian intelligence operation attacking American democracy.” Just no.

Trump campaign advisers George Papadopoulos and Carter Page were baited by United States and United Kingdom intelligence operations using fake Russian operatives. In fact there were eight separate attempts made to paint Trump as a tool of the Kremlin. Michael Flynn, national security adviser designate, was victimized for two phone calls in December 2016 to Russian foreign minister Sergei Kislyak. Neither call was unusual for an incoming administration.

Donald Trump is a habitual liar, but he challenged the conventional wisdom: whether NATO has outlived its usefulness, and said out loud what was clear to many – the Iraq invasion was a failure. Trump’s brazenness helped elect him. It also earned him the enmity of the foreign policy establishment.

In response, intelligence agencies invented “intelligence” that Trump colluded with Russia, then fed this information to the obliging Washington Post, New York Times, and other outlets, in the same manner as fake intelligence was used in the run-up to the Iraq War in 2003, and most recently, the unsupported claim of Russian bounties. The intelligence was fixed around the policy: to smear the outlier – Trump. The real threat to democracy is not Trump, but intelligence agencies acting in concert with politicians and a servile press to subvert democracy and the Constitution.




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