Sunday, March 19, 2017

The false accusation that President Obama had British intelligence spy on Donald Trump actually originated on a Russian news outlet. Everybody act surprised.

Larry C. Johnson
Media Matters was the first to report this connection: 

On RT, Larry C. Johnson Alleged That Obama “Collu[ded] Overseas With Britain’s Own GCHQ” To Spy On Trump. Appearing on a March 6 broadcast on state-sponsored Russian news network RT, Larry C. Johnson, credited as a “former CIA analyst and State Department official,” alleged that “there was some collusion overseas” between U.S. intelligence and “Britain’s own GHCQ (sic)” “to derail the candidacy of Donald Trump.” Citing “very good friends,” Johnson alleged that GCHQ “actually passed” information “to John Brennan, and it was disseminated within the U.S. government.” Johnson closed the RT interview by claiming former Obama administration officials involved in the collusion could face "criminal charges," specifically sedition. From the March 6 interview: 

NEIL HARVEY (HOST): Let’s bring in former CIA analyst and State Department official Larry Johnson, joins me live over the line. Very good afternoon to you, Larry. We’ve heard it said that these are really serious accusations by some guests we’ve had on so far. What’s your assessment of what Donald Trump’s had to said -- how big a deal is this? 

LARRY JOHNSON: I think it’s a huge deal. The problem is Trump probably shouldn’t have done this via Twitter, because to call it that it was a wiretap is technically inaccurate. And the denials by the Obama people are like Bill Clinton asking what the meaning of “is” is with respect to was oral sex a sexual act. In this case, I understand from very good friends that what happened was both Jim Clapper and John Brennan at CIA were intimately involved in trying to derail the candidacy of Donald Trump. That there was some collusion overseas with Britain’s own GHCQ (sic). That information that was gathered from GHCQ (sic) was actually passed to John Brennan, and it was disseminated within the U.S. government. This dissemination was illegal. Donald Trump is in essence correct that the intelligence agencies and some in the law enforcement community on the side of the FBI were in fact illegally trying to access, monitor his communications with his aides, and with other people. All of this with an end to try to destroy and discredit his presidency. I don’t think there will be any doubt of that.

That was then repeated by Andrew Napolitano on Fox and Friends.

That was then repeated by Sean Spicer during a White House Press briefing: 

Last, on Fox News on March 14th, Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement — quote — Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI, and he didn’t use the Department of Justice. He used GCHQ. What is that? It’s the initials for the British intelligence spying agency. So simply by having two people saying to them the president needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump’s conversations, involving President-elect Trump, he’s able to get it and there’s no American fingerprints on this. Putting the published accounts and common sense together, this leads to a lot.

And just like that this bullshit accusation became national news.

The New York Times followed up and attempted to make some sense of all of this:  

Mr. Napolitano, who keeps a residence in Manhattan at Trump International Hotel & Tower on Central Park West, did not respond to inquiries on Friday.

But Mr. Johnson, who was himself once a Fox News contributor, said in a telephone interview that Mr. Napolitano called him on Friday and requested that he speak to The New York Times. Mr. Johnson said he was one of the sources for Mr. Napolitano’s claim about British intelligence.

Actually it appears he was the ONLY source.

And just WHO is Larry C. Johnson?

Well funny you should ask:

Mr. Johnson became infamous in political circles after he spread false rumors in 2008 that Michelle Obama had been videotaped using a slur against Caucasians.

Remember that?

Johnson also released a carefully edited John Kerry interview in 2013 to accuse him of war crimes.

This also from Media Matters:  

On September 7, 2013, Johnson posted on his website No Quarter an article alleging that then-Secretary of State John Kerry “is a self-admitted rapist,” pointing to audio allegedly from a 1971 broadcast of The Dick Cavett Show. Johnson’s audio had Kerry appearing to say that he “raped for pleasure” during the Vietnam War. Actual video of that episode shows that Kerry never said that. Some time after a commenter noted that “the audio is obviously doctored” and linked to the original clip and a transcript, the post was deleted.

THIS is who the White House was quoting whether they knew it or not.

In other words Russia's propaganda is still affecting politics in this country even months after the election.


  1. I see the whole congress full of Republicans with their eyes shut, their fingers in their ears and humming, loudly, la-la-la-la-lala!!

  2. Anonymous8:59 AM

    That's all the Orange Agent has is fake news. This all started with Fox news 8 yrs. back. Now,here it is...Faux news,again. Always in double trouble over lies. The alt right channel is a steaming pile of shit. Great to watch them back peddling now. More popcorn!

    1. Anonymous10:35 AM

      21 year ago! Oct. 1996 Fox News began. Trump in the white house is 21 years of what Fox fake news and phony conservative outrage has brought us. May they rot in hell.

  3. Anonymous9:35 AM


  4. Anonymous9:42 AM

    Looks like Larry Johnson is just an older Jimmy O'keefe. And the older they get, the smarmier, and further off the rails.

    1. Anonymous11:37 AM

      Johnson use to have an interesting web site about 10 or 12 years ago very informed intel info But when Pres. Obama got elected he went over the edge (he was a serious Clinton supporter on site) and he became your typical hater his site devolved in to a democratic party bashing blog with a comments section which would probably be equal to Palin's PAC website.

  5. Anonymous9:52 AM

    PUTIN>"“To be able to work with people effectively, you have to be able to establish a dialogue, contact; you have to activate everything that is best in your partner. If you want to achieve results, you have to respect your partner. You need to make that person an ally; you have to make that person feel that you and he have something that unites you, that you have common goals.”
    " the Statist, the History Man, the Survivalist, the Outsider, the Free Marketeer, and the Case Officer. Although they claim no one category supersedes any other, their subtitle suggests that Putin’s training in Yuri Andropov’s KGB is the foundation upon which the other five were constructed."
    "What was the tradecraft of the Fifth Directorate? Rather than resort to pure brutality to keep the masses in line (“Beat, beat, and beat again,” in Stalin’s formulation), one had to adopt a more psychologically adroit approach, a certain flexibility, if one wanted to be a master manipulator of MEN and masses."
    "y April 1999, Putin had, as Hill and Gaddy write, “established a monopoly on financial information” in the Russian Federation. He knew where the bodies were buried and where the offshore accounts were hidden."
    " ideology no longer mattered, only money and its many perquisites did. “Risk of loss is more important than any reward,” as Hill and Gaddy put it. And by “loss” they didn’t mean net worth but the standing or reputation that comes with it. The fear of having one’s name tarnished, or simply taken off buildings and assets, was a crucial Western import."
    this way did Putin rein in his wayward boyars in the banking and energy sectors by appealing to them primarily as their krysha, or “roof,” or mafia protector."

  6. Anonymous9:58 AM


  7. Anonymous10:02 AM

    RM:" journalists are free to publish truthful information on matters of public concern as long as they did nothing illegal to obtain the information.

    Rachel Maddow did nothing illegal. She verified information that was given to her by contacting the White House, and then she reported on it. Maddow didn’t commit an illegal act. She practiced journalism."

    1. Anonymous4:32 AM

      She did nothing illegal. She DID overhype it on her twitter. Didn't say "we have a couple of redacted pages of his 2005 tax return".
      She tweeted that they have his "tax returns".
      THIS is why B Maher got pissy.
      Overhype isn't good journalism.

      I must be the only one who remembers Rachael's show on Air America years ago. Talk about a hard-core progressive! I loved her then! She's much different now.

  8. Anonymous10:11 AM

    If Trump and his administration spent some time trying to learn to govern, things might be better. Well, probably not but we can be sure that the Trump fixation on fake news is extremely destructive, not only for politics here but for our relationships with our allies. Is there anyone in the universe who can set Trump straight?

    1. Anonymous10:30 AM

      Beaglemom, because my brain is frying. This is now our "president," allowed info that no one else would be privy to, yet he goes to Fox to be informed?

      Stool pigeon. He told people this is what he was going to do, yet he was elected. I am, and will remain, mortified.

    2. Anonymous10:58 AM

      "Is there anything in the universe who ( that ) can set drumph straight ?"

      Yeah, a drop through the gallows suspended by a hangman's noose ...

    3. Anonymous12:18 PM

      Is there anyone in the universe who can set Trump straight?
      No, didn't you hear him tell us he is the only one that can fix everything, which means he knows more than everyone else.

      The problem is what is knows are all lies.

  9. Anonymous10:36 AM

    WHAT DA?

    "The false accusation that President Obama had British intelligence spy on Donald Trump actually originated on a Russian news outlet. Everybody act surprised."

    NO WAY!





  10. Anonymous10:54 AM

    Way, way OT but just saw on Dakota's Q&A on his FB page that he and Bristol are moving to Texas! That Bristol is currently packing up the house at 7 months pregnant. Poor Tripp!!!!

    1. Anonymous12:27 PM

      What's in Texas?

      Is he going to try to stop sex trafficking at the border?

      Sarah threw them out of her house?

      Closer to their drug sources?

      Enquiring minds want to know.

      Also, too. What about Tripp's child custody agreement? I understand they can't take him out of the state without Levi's permission.

      Do tell someone. We need a break from all this Trump stuff. Give us some Palin gossip!!!

    2. Anonymous12:52 PM

      Yeah, never thought I'd say it but Palin gossip is a great distraction. Jeez!

  11. Right have John Roberts ruled on Citizens United, Keith Olbermann did an opinion piece that is scary accurate in it's predictions. I just watched it on YouTube. It's called "Keith Olbermann Prophecy 7 years ago" (although it has been longer than 7 years.)

    The only thing he got wrong was that Sarah Palin was not elected.

    1. Anonymous12:39 PM

      Trump is Sarah Palin on steroid.

      Basically the same thing, but worse.

      So I give him credit for a CORRECT on that one.

  12. Anonymous11:08 AM

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    1. Anonymous12:40 PM

      Thanks. I'll check it out.

  13. Anonymous11:19 AM

    Oh the short finger pointing, the blame, the frame, the game. According to first lady Kelly annie Conway it is alternative reality, according to the easter bunny it is reality. Yep. Russain pooty had a plan and the kgb sob pos did it. He rigged the election. He wanted cruz and realized trump would be a better puppet. Old ugly pooty has the goods on many people. And guess what many people have the good on him along with trump and stumps. It is just a matter of time and they will be removed from their position. The people of this world will not allow it much longer.

  14. Anonymous11:28 AM

    Russians intend to "probe" the usa media? Really? How about we cut off RT and all foreign tv in the usa. Why on earth do we even have Russian tv in the usa and why would we fund it? Whose bright Idea was that? 7 mole hills? Scientology? The usa communist party? AIP? The lousy actor idiot clubs? The swamp? Who? ed Shultz? Yeah we need boots on the ground and a line drawn in the sand today. It is a great day for a resignation DJT.

    1. Anonymous4:29 AM

      Why do you continue to saber rattle? What the fuck ever happened to diplomacy?
      Will it be YOUR fucking boots on the ground, or your kids' boots?
      You sound as war hawkish as Bannon. Yeah, get rid of ALL 'foreign tv', even the BBC, BWAHAHAHA! You stay isolated under that tin foil hat, darlin'. That's where you can stay safe. Might pull your blankie up over you, too.

  15. Anonymous12:20 PM

    the president needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump’s conversations, involving President-elect Trump,
    Thanks for the laugh of the day, conversations HA HA. Just take a list of words like: bigly, great, believe me, huge blah blah and you have a trump conversation.

    No need to eavesdrop on him because he is incapable of having an adult conversation and he isn’t smart enough to come up with any of his own ideas or policies.

    Little donnie has proven to the world once again he is incompetent and unfit to hold office.

    I sure hope there are some consequences for wasting everyone time and the reputation of the USA because he spreads GOSSIP.

  16. Anonymous2:33 PM

    Remember when RT first came on the scene and they seemed to have all the scoops and really interesting stuff and some really good people?

    And then we found out it was Russian. And then we found out it was Russian propaganda.

    Looking at it all these years later it seems clear that the establishment of RT had a lot to do with the plans that Putin is carrying out now. I wonder if he even dared to dream that his little Kremlim marionette Trump would be in White House in 2017.

  17. Anonymous4:10 PM

    Mr. Larry c. Johnson , sir, you are a royal pos and should take yourself outside, bend over , now blow your head out of your ass !!


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