Let’s be honest the US has probably been doing these kind of influence operations in Russia for years. It has also had considerable success in planting friendly regimes through coups, election manipulation and killings in many countries in Central and Southern America such as Chile and El Salvador. Let us not also forget the links it kept with Marcos in the Philippines. So in many ways it seems only fair that it has now been targeted by what is a clearly highly effective operation. Indeed even we British have a “proud” tradition of dealing with democracy when we don’t like it, we just have those that oppose us massacred. Just ask the Indian government, although Prince Philip said it was probably not that many that were killed, so that is probably ok then. In the end through no country should be attempting to influence the will of the people in another country and thankfully India is now free of the terrible colonial rule that it suffered in the past.
While we all focus on the attacks on Trump, there are also a few other allegations which if true are interesting. Some are below.
- Medvedev and Putin appear not to agree on everything, with Medvedev disagreeing with the idea that Russia should intervene in the democratic process in another country; especially the USA.
- Russia apparently had some role in the Turkish coup, however it seems to be connected to one Putin aid only so far. If I were Erdogan I would be far more interested in looking out for Russian influence than some feared Gulen movement.
- Green Party candidate Jill Stein allegedly received Russian support to attend a meeting in Moscow.
- Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Advisor also received funds to visit Moscow.
It’s also worth noting that many leading Brexit politicians in the UK have received Russian money to visit interesting places and even write nice articles about why the people of Crimea agree with the Russian invasion. I would urge anyone to go through the register of members interests of the UK Parliament and there you will find some interesting names associated to somewhat strange organisations. Let us not forget that Le Pen also received money from a Russian Bank in the form of loans to fund her party. The said bank is currently taking the FN to court for non-payment. Probably a smoke screen!
All these issues aside it can hardly be a surprise to anyone that Trump is perceived as a major asset to Russia. He will split Europe, split NATO and for that matter split the US Elite. I am now just awaiting more trouble for the Baltic states, coupled with no support from Trump.