Story that Russians are responsible for fake news… is fake news!

James Clapper continues to blame Russia

James Clapper continues to blame Russia

I am watching with dismay the US ABC news (via Sky News) hyperventilating over the alleged Russian hacking of the US election.

General James Clapper is claiming that the Russians not only ‘hacked’ the DNC emails of John Podesta, but are also spreading propaganda and, wait for it, fake news. Which is ironic, because news of the Russians disseminating fake news and hacking DNC emails is itself fake news.

At this point the mainstream media disappears up its own backside in a vortex of self-referential fake news.

Despite the fact that Wikileaks have stated that Podesta’s emails were revealed by a simple phishing attack, and that Podesta’s password was easily compromised, the intelligence agencies continue to push the line that the Russians were behind it. Barely three months ago, such a prospect was ridiculed by none other than Obama himself.

FLASHBACK: Obama in October 2016:

“The larger point that I want to emphasize here is that there is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections, in part because they’re so decentralized and the numbers of votes involved—there’s no evidence that has happened in the past or that there are instances that that will happen this time”

But if the Russians really wanted advance their geopolitical interests, wouldn’t they have preferred the weak, internationalist Clinton to secure the White House rather than the tougher, hawkish Trump? Putin is less likely to get his way with Trump than he would have with Clinton, so why did he not release emails damaging to Trump?

None of it makes any sense, except when viewed in the context of delegitimising Trump as president.

All this is going to end badly for the intelligence agencies. If they have compelling evidence of Russian hacking, why haven’t they released it instead of withholding it for so long, and if they haven’t, then why continue to push this false narrative?

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