Allegations Against Russia Less Credible Every Day

Swanson, David
http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/09/allegations-against-russia-less-credible-every-day/

Publisher:  Counterpunch
Date Written:  09/01/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20295

Swanson calls into question the US government-driven media accusations that the Russian government had direct involvement in swaying the 2016 US election for Trump, and exames the motivations behind these claims.

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Supposedly the evidence has been made public and is overwhelming, but try to find it and you'll come up dry. Ask why, and you'll be told that of course the evidence cannot be made public as that would risk revealing how the U.S. government came upon the information. Yet the same government feeds the U.S. media with the story that it intercepted communications of top Russian officials just after the U.S. election celebrating Trump's victory. Did that story not run that risk? The U.S. government feeds the U.S. media (specifically the "free" press of the Washington Post whose owner makes more money from the CIA than from the Washington Post) that Russia has hacked Vermont’s electrical supply, and - because this was a claim that could be checked by an independent party - the secret methods of the CIA quickly turned out to be these: they had simply made the thing up.

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The accusations against Russia in the latest "overwhelming" report include: favoring proposals to work with Russia over proposals to build hostility (shocking!), and running a television network that many people in the United States choose to watch (the outrage! how capitalistic!). And the television network is accused of cheering for Trump’s election - as if the British media wouldn’t have cheered for Clinton's - as if the U.S. media doesn't cheer for election winners abroad all the time. This network, RT, is also accused of covering third-party candidates, fracking, Occupy, vote suppression, flaws in the U.S. election system, and other forbidden topics.

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