Something About This Russia Story Stinks | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Something About This Russia Story Stinks

In an extraordinary development Thursday, the Obama administration announced a series of sanctions against Russia. Thirty-five Russian nationals will be expelled from the country. President Obama issued a terse statement seeming to blame Russia for the hack of the Democratic National Committee emails.

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"These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government," he wrote.

Russia at first pledged, darkly, to retaliate, then backed off. The Russian press today is even reporting that Vladimir Putin is inviting "the children of American diplomats" to "visit the Christmas tree in the Kremlin," as characteristically loathsome/menacing/sarcastic a Putin response as you'll find.

This dramatic story puts the news media in a jackpot. Absent independent verification, reporters will have to rely upon the secret assessments of intelligence agencies to cover the story at all.

Many reporters I know are quietly freaking out about having to go through that again. We all remember the WMD fiasco.

"It's déjà vu all over again" is how one friend put it.
You can see awkwardness reflected in the headlines that flew around the Internet Thursday. Some news agencies seemed split on whether to unequivocally declare that Russian hacking took place, or whether to hedge bets and put it all on the government to make that declaration, using "Obama says" formulations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After the WMD fiasco which led to the war in Iraq, nothing either the US government or the corporate presstitutes say can ever, ever be believed again, period, end of discussion.

There was utterly zero evidence of proof, either in the FBI, or DHS reports, that Russia did this at all.

What annoys the Democrats greatly is that the pettiness; corruption; warlust; crassness; and inherent lack of vision on the part of their critically flawed candidate actually came to light through some of these email exchanges.

And rather than do a sang-foid post-mortem on why their candidate lost the election, being pathologically incapable of admitting where the DNC went wrong, they decided, collectively, to blame SOMEBODY for the loss; that "Somebody" turned out to be the Russian government.

Taibbi is utterly correct to be reviewing this fantasy coming from the White House with extreme skepticism; I hope that his brother and sister reporters in the independent media are equally skeptical, as they cover it.

And remember: this is not the first time Obama's administration has accused Russia of doing something they absolutely did not do, as a reason to slam sanctions against them; remember the charges that "Russia annexed Crimea" a couple of years ago?!? It never happened.

Russia did not annex Crimea