The Guardian’s recent outlandish story about Moscow’s clandestine effort to ensure Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 US elections seems to be a futile attempt to keep the Trump-Russia “collusion” hoax alive and maintain the enemy image of Russia, American observers say.
On 22 January 2016, Vladimir Putin held a key meeting with intelligence officials and senior ministers during which he “personally authorised” a clandestine intelligence operation aimed at supporting “mentally unstable” Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 US presidential election, The Guardian claimed on 15 July, citing “what are assessed to be leaked Kremlin documents”.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov dismissed The Guardian’s narrative as “a great pulp fiction”, while Trump described the story as obvious “Russia-Russia-Russia fake news” and “fiction”, in a tweet posted on his behalf by spokeswoman Liz Harrington.
‘Story as Authentic as Powell’s WMD Claims’
“First, why should one be surprised? Russia again!”, says Earl Rasmussen, executive vice president of the Washington-based think tank Eurasia Centre. “This fairy tale is a broken record that is evolving into a horror movie! Here we are after over two years of investigations, finding nothing, and absolutely no evidence despite spending tens of millions of dollars and Mr Trump no longer in the White House, yet the media just cannot stop with the Trump-Trump-Trump and Russia-Russia-Russia headlines. Please stop with the Fake News and False allegations!”
When it comes to “the Kremlin papers” perhaps, they are “as authentic as the documents supporting weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, or perhaps like the altered CIA email that the FBI used to justify spying on Carter Page, a CIA asset, and hence the Trump campaign”, the American scholar remarks.
American economist Dr Paul Craig Roberts throws into question both the alleged “leak” and Russia’s ability to affect an outcome of US elections. First, there is no sense in leaking documents to embarrass Donald Trump who has already been disposed of. Second, considering the enormous influence military, industrial, energy, and other lobbies have over American elections, the Kremlin’s influence is nonexistent, Roberts, a former Treasury official in Reagan administration, says.
“I give it even lower credibility than US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s fake evidence of Saddam Hussein’s ‘weapons of mass destruction’ presented to the UN”, he remarks. “There is nothing the Kremlin can do to influence an American election”.