Sunday, December 11, 2016


During our presidential campaign, the Russians leaked information damaging to Democrats, but held on to what they had on Republicans, according to Michael Weiss and Kimberly Dozier of the Daily Beast:
A senior U.S. administration official confirmed to The Daily Beast that the CIA believes the Russians hacked the RNC. He spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

{Friday] night, The New York Times reported that hackers connected to two separate Russian security services allegedly broke into the computer systems of the RNC, but chose not to disclose the digital contents of those systems, in marked contrast to the gradual release, via WikiLeaks, of emails belonging to the Democratic National Committee throughout the spring and summer.
Back in October, David Corn of Mother Jones reported,
... a former senior intelligence officer for a Western country who specialized in Russian counterintelligence tells Mother Jones that in recent months he provided the bureau with memos, based on his recent interactions with Russian sources, contending the Russian government has for years tried to co-opt and assist Trump....

Mother Jones has reviewed that report and other memos this former spy wrote. The first memo, based on the former intelligence officer's conversations with Russian sources, noted, "Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has been to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance."
It claimed that Russian intelligence had "compromised" Trump during his visits to Moscow and could "blackmail him."
Which prompted this response:

And then this one from a journalist who's written about Russia:

Here's my reaction to that at the time, which I wouldn't change:

After the Access Hollywood tape, I think we've established that Trump's Teflon extends to pretty much anything in the realm of sex. Perhaps he'd be damaged by evidence of pedophilia or out-and-out brutality, and a homosexual act would probably appall at least some of the faithful. But I think even in those categories we'd be told -- not just by his fan base but by top Republicans -- that any video evidence was doctored. He'd probably skate. When doesn't he?

(And given the Russians' predilection for generating fake evidence of pedophilia and other offenses, skepticism might be warranted.)

If there's leverage over Trump, it's financial. It would involve the money itself, not revelations about the money -- in a post-fact era, Trumpers aren't going to believe anything they don't want to believe. (The Russians might leak enough embarrassing financial information to allow journalists to fill in some blanks, but the fans won't believe those journalists, either.)

I don't think blackmail is how the Trump era will end. Trump will continue to do what the Russians want. And the rest of the GOP, maybe with a handful of exceptions (McCain, Graham), doesn't want to do anything that might slow the arrival of those sweet, sweet tax cuts. So the majority of the party will agree to leave the Russians alone, and the blackmail threat will remain just that -- a threat.


Buford said...

it is just that, the Rape of America begins in January, while martial law won't be declared until July Fourth...until then, we must resist, and then resist some more...the violence will not be far behind....

Jimbo said...

Based on the analysis that you and others have provided, it's very likely that Trump is a Russian agent; not in the sense of being an active FSB operator but in the sense that he will follow orders dictated by Putin (yes, because of financial blackmail). So, we must look at each of Trump's foreign policy choices from the standpoint of qui bono. Putin's foreign policy objectives will become the United States foreign policy objectives after 1/20/17. I hope the Democrats seriously grill Tillerson over his Russian ties. In fact, he should be rejected just for that reason alone.

And don't expect any pushback from the GOP. They have acted to weaken the US economy for decades and thus undermined the ability of the US to defend itself properly.

Victor said...

If anything does come out, t-RUMP'a lemmings will say the following, in denial and in unison:
"Donald J. Trump is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life."

We feared Manchuria, but it's Moscow now that's got an agent willing to do their bidding in the Oval Office.