The collapse of Russiagate; the shift to Maidan-style coup in Charlottesville; and the successful diplomacy of Trump, with China and Russia – Harley Schlanger –

In a desperate attempt to defend its collapsing “Russiagate” narrative, the Washington Post launched an attack on The Nation magazine for its August 9 article by Patrick Lawrence, “A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack.”  Lawrence’s article, in the most prestigious left/progressive magazine in the U.S., broke the attempted media blackout of the memo sent by the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) on July 24 to President Trump, which effectively refutes the claims of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, allegedly through “hacking” Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails and releasing them to Wikileaks.  Despite more than twelve months of non-stop charges against the Russians, and claims of Trump’s collusion with Russia, not a shred of hard evidence has yet been presented to back these allegations, which are at the heart of the coup plot being run against the President.
The Nation article was followed by a prominent story in Bloomberg News and one in Salon magazine, which both reported on the Nation article, and the VIPS memo, and how it challenges the narrative that Trump owes his election victory to Putin and Russia.  That story was concocted by leading figures in British intelligence, and leaked to the U.S. media by corrupt elements of Obama’s intelligence team, led by the trio of Brennan, Clapper and Comey, as part of the “regime change” against Trump they launched after his November 2016 election victory.  Brennan set up a task force to look into the Russian meddling charges after a former British Ambassador to Moscow, Sir Andrew Wood, delivered a fraudulent dossier, prepared by an “ex”-MI6 operative, to Brennan, through anti-Trump Senator John McCain.
The attack on The Nation was posted on the Post’s “Eric Wemple Blog” on August 15, and is a blatant attempt to force The Nation’s editors to not merely repudiate the Lawrence article, but to join the campaign against Trump’s desire for cooperation with Russia.  Wemple’s attempt to dismiss the authoritative report of the VIPS has no substance, and is written to bludgeon the magazine’s editors to adopt the talking points of the coup plotters.  As such, it presents the same weak, sophistical argument presented by the DNC, which released a statement on the VIPS memo which simply reasserted the conclusion reached by “U.S. intelligence agencies” of Russian interference, adding, “Any suggestion otherwise is false, and is just another conspiracy theory like those pushed by Trump and his administration.”
Such dangerous silliness was countered by Salon’s Danielle Ryan, who wrote on August 15, “For the media and mainstream liberals to dismiss information presented in The Nation as lacking in evidence would be breathtakingly ironic, given how little evidence they required to build a narrative” against Trump and Putin.  She concluded that if the VIPS memo is right, “those who pushed the Russia hacking narrative with little evidence have a lot to answer for.”
It is the inability of those pushing this narrative to provide any answer, except for obsessive repetition of the charges, which explains why the whole “Russiagate” scandal is collapsing, and has gained no traction from the American people.  Adding to their troubles is the report of a discussion between U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher, and Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange, on August 16. Rohrabacher, who has been openly critical of Russiagate, and has defended Putin against charges that he was directly involved in the “meddling”, said that Assange will soon present his evidence that it was not the Russians who leaked the DNC emails to him, which confirms the conclusion reached by the VIPS.
This is the context for the present hysteria being whipped up following last weekend’s violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Virginia, between right-wing, “white nationalist” demonstrators and a club-wielding “antifa” mob.  This was a staged confrontation, designed to smear Trump as a “racist”, for not adequately — in the eyes of the pro-regime change media — placing blame on the right-wing extremists for the confrontation.  In his comments on the riot, Trump correctly noted that there were armed thugs on both sides.  Others have noted that the police did nothing to separate the two gangs, as one would expect from law enforcement officials.
Executive Intelligence Review has documented how the FBI has a long history of launching racial confrontations, through infiltrating professional provocateurs into both “right” and “left” gangs, in a classic gang-countergang operation, which was developed by British intelligence to control colonial populations.  These are the “color revolution” methods, deployed by Anglo-American networks around the world, for regime change against targeted governments.  These methods are now being deployed against a U.S. President, whose election upset the plans for permanent war between East and West.  The antifa thugs and their “liberal” defenders are funded by the same City of London operative George Soros, who prominently collaborated with U.S. neocons, operating under Hillary Clinton’s State Department cover, to overthrow the elected Yanukovic government of Ukraine (See EIR Special Report, “Obama and Soros: Nazis in Ukraine 2014 — U.S. in 2017?”, February 24, 2017).
It is another irony that the same media which is today explicitly defending the “leftist” antifa thugs against “right-wing” neo-Nazis, offered full support for the murderous neo-Nazi gangs which precipitated the Maidan coup against Yanukovic.  There are even some making the outrageous claim that America’s “white nationalists” are receiving support from Russia’s President Putin, despite the major sacrifice of the Russian people in fighting the Nazis in the Second World War, which has shaped Putin’s world view, and is behind his principled stand against the Nazi Banderistas who carried out murder in the Maidan, and are prominent in the defense and security ministries in Ukraine today.
There is another factor driving the desperate escalation by the war party to oust Trump, one not reported by the Goebbels-style propagandists among western media, but of enormous significance for humanity.  As the media was hyping the nuclear war threat from North Korea, the Trump administration ramped up its diplomatic efforts to avoid war.  On August 10, U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson stated that the U.S. does not seek regime change in North Korea.  “We are not your enemy,” he said, adding that the U.S. wishes to have a dialogue which could provide security and economic prosperity for North Korea.  The Associated Press reported that, unlike Obama, who refused to have contact with the Kim Jong-Un government, there is now a back channel opened for talks.
On August 12, Trump spoke by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping.  According to a statement released by the White House, “the relationship between the two presidents is an extremely close one, and will hopefully lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korea problem.”  At the same time, the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford has been touring Asia, with meetings in South Korea and China.  In Seoul, he emphasized that the U.S. seeks a diplomatic solution, saying he intends to do “everything we absolutely can to support Secretary Tillerson’s current path.”  South Korea’s President Moon agreed, adding that he would not accept a war on the Korean peninsula.
Dunford’s next stop was in China, where he engaged in extensive discussions with his Chinese counterpart, General Fang Fenghui.  Acknowledging that there are “difficult issues” between the two countries, Dunford said, “I know we share one thing: We share a commitment to work through these difficult issues.”  General Fang said that these meetings will expand the dialogue begun by Trump and Xi at their Mar-e-Lago summit last April, and he wishes to help Dunford “know more about our military, (boost) our cooperation and build up our friendship.”  The two signed a joint strategic dialogue mechanism, to allow for direct communication which will “enable us to communicate to reduce the risk of miscalculation.”  Prior to Dunford’s meetings, Tillerson noted that the U.S. does not blame China for the recent tensions around North Korea.
In large part due to this extensive dialogue, the war tensions in Asia have been reduced, and Kim Jong Un has stepped back from his threat to launch a strike aimed toward Guam.  It should also be noted that the Russians are also playing an important role in seeking a diplomatic solution with North Korea.  On August 6, at the ASEAN summit in Manila, Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.  While much of their meeting involved the implications of the new sanctions against Russia passed by the Congress, and the Russian response, expelling some 755 U.S. diplomatic personnel from Russia, they also discussed continuing the cooperation in Syria, and joint efforts to resolve the problems with Ukraine and North Korea.  Before Gen. Dunford left for Asia, he spoke on August 8 with the Russian Chief of Staff Gerasimov, who said that they discussed military collaboration against ISIS and Al-Nusra in Syria and Iraq, and expanding the de-escalation zones, with the promise of a peaceful settlement of the bloody Syrian civil war, which had been extended by Obama’s support for regime change.
Instead of gaining support, or at least recognition, for these diplomatic initiatives, the media, and Trump’s political opponents in the U.S. and Europe, insist that war is inevitable if Trump is not removed.  Again, this drive comes from the British, with echoes in the U.S. Deep State.  In June, a book was released by a Guardian reporter, Jonathan Freedland, under a pseudonym, Sam Bourne, titled “To Kill the President.”  Freedland was the Guardian’s Washington correspondent during the 2016 election.  Favorably reviewed by a Guardian reporter as a “political thriller,” the story revolves around a decision, by the U.S. Secretary of Defense — a General — and the Chief of Staff, that the President — who is obviously modeled on Trump, who they conclude is deranged — must be removed, after he tries to launch a nuclear strike on North Korea.  Believing that neither impeachment, nor applying the 25th amendment, is possible, they decide he must be assassinated.
For Freedland, this is not fiction!  On August 9, he wrote in his Guardian column, “Trump has taken us to the bring of nuclear war.  Can he be stopped?”  He followed this two days later with another column, writing that, “Anyone hoping the Deep State will depose an unhinged American president before all-out war with North Korea needs to think again.”  Stopping short of advocating assassination in this column, he concludes that the only hope is Mueller, i.e., impeachment based on the investigation of the Special Counsel.
Another Brit, this one an ex-pat, John Cassidy, wrote an article for the New Yorker, titled “Who will put an end to Donald Trump’s warmongering?”  Cassidy is the former editor of the Sunday Times of London.  As with Freedland, he brings up the prospect of removing Trump under the 25th amendment, but concludes that the political will to do that does not exist.
And on U.S. television, on August 11, a former CIA and FBI counter-terrorism expert, Phil Mudd openly declared, “As a former government official, government’s going to kill this guy,” attacking Trump for, among other crimes, defending Putin and rejecting U.S. intelligence estimates.  Mudd served as the former Deputy Director of the CIA Counterterrorist Center.  In 2005, he was appointed by then-FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as the Deputy Director of the FBI’s National Security Branch.