Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Aaugh! A Brief List Of Official Russia Claims That Proved To Be Bogus

In the 20 + years that Putin has been the de jour or de facto leader of Russia, who has killed more people? The Russians or the Americans? It’s not even a close comparison. The Putinists are more comparable to the Five Families in terms of body count. The Americans of the past few decades are closer to the 20th century totalitarian regimes.

By Matt Taibbi

The Director of National Intelligence releases a report, and the press rushes to kick the football again.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has released a much-hyped, much-cited new report on “Foreign Threats to the 2020 Elections.” The key conclusion:

We assess that Russian President Putin authorized, and a range of Russian government organizations conducted, influence operations aimed at denigrating President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party, supporting former President Trump, [and] undermining public confidence in the electoral process…

The report added Ukrainian legislator Andrey Derkach, described as having “ties” to “Russia’s intelligence services,” and Konstantin Kilimnik, a “Russian influence agent” (whatever that means), used “prominent U.S. persons” and “media conduits” to “launder their narratives” to American audiences. The “narratives” included “misleading or unsubstantiated allegations against President Biden” (note they didn’t use the word “false”). They added a small caveat at the end: “Judgments are not intended to imply that we have proof that shows something to be a fact.”

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