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$4,700 Worth of ‘Meddling’: Google Questioned Over ‘Russian Interference’

  • RT Published on Dec 13, 2018
    The CEO of Google has given some specific numbers on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Sundar Pichai was questioned by the US House Judiciary Committee. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9kaw

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December 14, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Google CEO’s Testimony ‘Deflated & Destroyed Russian Interference Narrative’ – Lionel

  • RT America Published on Dec 12, 2018
    Google is back in the headlines after its CEO Sundar Pichai testified about political bias and data collection before a Congressional committee. Legal and media analyst Lionel of Lionel Media joins News.Hughes.Hughes to share his insights.

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December 13, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Russia Investigation is about Criminalizing Peace

  • The Russia Investigation is about Criminalizing Peace
    by david gornoski, http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/
    “For those who long wondered why throughout the presidential campaign Trump could not bring himself to say a critical word about Russian President Vladimir Putin, we now know the answer: Trump was hoping to do business in Russia, and doing so would require the approval of Putin.” – USA Today Opinion

    Make no mistake, the mainstream left and state serving-media voices are trying to gaslight an entire generation into believing any candidate that wants peace with Russia may be a foreign conspirator worthy of prison, shame, and family persecution.

    Former congressman Ron Paul, as a peace presidential candidate, did not regurgitate war propaganda against Russia either. Neither did Senator Rand Paul when he ran. What Paul hotel do you see in Moscow? Yet for future generations, many in the media want to ensure no such candidate ever runs again without baked-in misgivings of treason and criminality.

    No serious observer of recent events can honestly believe the mono-narrative the old media, including “hard news” outfits, has tried to curate about the 2016 election. However, the aim of the last two years of conspiratorial hysteria has been to sear into the minds of low information voters suspicion of any successful political figure who even half challenges the conventional wisdom that America must perpetually spend hundreds of billions on NATO, collect citizens’ private conversations, sanction Russian citizens, and intervene in Russia’s local border disputes.

    This is nothing new. When Martin Luther King Jr. used his national spotlight to challenge the moral authority of the Vietnam War, he was denounced as a subversive agent of enemy foreign powers. 

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December 10, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Guardian’s Reputation In Tatters After Forger Revealed To Have Co-Authored Assange Smear

  • The Guardian’s Reputation In Tatters After Forger Revealed To Have Co-Authored Assange Smear
    by Elizabeth Vos, https://disobedientmedia.com/
    Regular followers of WikiLeaks-related news are at this point familiar with the multiple serious infractions of journalistic ethics by Luke Harding and the Guardian, especially (though not exclusively) when it comes to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. However, another individual at the heart of this matter is far less familiar to the public. That man is Fernando Villavicencio, a prominent Ecuadorian political activist and journalist, director of the USAID-funded NGO Fundamedios and editor of online publication FocusEcuador.

    Most readers are also aware of the Guardian’s recent publication of claims that Julian Assange met with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on three occasions. This has now been definitively debunked by Fidel Narvaez, the former Consul at Ecuador’s London embassy between 2010 and 2018, who says Paul Manafort has never visited the embassy during the time he was in charge there. But this was hardly the first time the outlet published a dishonest smear authored by Luke Harding against Assange. The paper is also no stranger to publishing stories based on fabricated documents.

    In May, Disobedient Media reported on the Guardian’s hatchet-job relating to ‘Operation Hotel,’ or rather, the normal security operations of the embassy under former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. That hit-piece, co-authored by Harding and Dan Collyns, asserted among other things that (according to an anonymous source) Assange hacked the embassy’s security system. The allegation was promptly refuted by Correa as “absurd” in an interview with The Intercept, and also by WikiLeaks as an “anonymous libel” with which the Guardian had “gone too far this time. We’re suing.”

    A shared element of The Guardian’s ‘Operation Hotel’ fabrications and the latest libel attempting to link Julian Assange to Paul Manafort is none other than Fernando Villavicencio of FocusEcuador. In 2014 Villavicencio was caught passing a forged document to the Guardian, which published it without verifying it. When the forgery was revealed, the Guardian hurriedly took the document down but then tried to cover up that it had been tampered with by Villavicencio when it re-posted it a few days later.

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December 8, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

230 Indictments Aimed at Congress, Deep State Take Down: Robert David Steele

  • Sarah Westall Published on Dec 5, 2018
    Robert David Steele rejoins the program to discuss the latest on the fight against the deep state. He shares his views on President Donald Trump’s progress in cleaning the swamp and how the deep state is destroying our country. He also shares his views on the coup that is currently being forged in France and why it reflects the ongoing rage that is swelling in Europe. You can see more of Robert David Steele on his multiple websites:

    http://robertdavidsteele.com

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December 8, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Politico Caught Running CIA Propaganda About Assange

December 7, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Never, Ever Forget The Guardian/Politico Psyop Against WikiLeaks

  • Never, Ever Forget The Guardian/Politico Psyop Against WikiLeaks
    by , https://caitlinjohnstone.com/
    For the first few hours after any new “bombshell” Russiagate story comes out, my social media notifications always light up with poorly written posts by liberal establishment loyalists saying things like “HAHAHA @caitoz this proves you wrong now will you FINALLY stop denying Russian collusion???” Then, when people start actually analyzing that story and noting that it comes nowhere remotely close to proving that Donald Trump colluded with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election, those same people always forget to come back afterward and admit to me that they were wrong again.

    This happens every single time, including this past Tuesday when the Guardian published a new “bombshell” report saying that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had had secret meetings with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. When experts all across the political spectrum began pointing out that the story contained no evidence for its nonsensical claims and was entirely anonymously sourced, nobody ever came back and said “Hey sorry for calling you a Russian propagandist, Caitlin; turns out that story wasn’t as fact-based as I’d thought!” When evidence for a single one of the article’s claims failed to turn up for a day, then two days, then three days, nobody came back and said “Gosh Caitlin, I owe you an apology for mocking you and calling you Assange’s bitch; turns out WikiLeaks and Manafort are suing that publication and its claims remain completely unproven.”

    And of course they didn’t. They weren’t meant to. They were meant to absorb the Guardian‘s false claims as fact, add it to their Gish gallop mountain of false evidence for Trump-Russia-WikiLeaks collusion, and then be shuffled onward by the relentless news churn of the corporate propaganda matrix like always. But I’m never going to let them forget that this happened, and neither should you.

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http://americanfreepress.net/?p=20355

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http://theagendadaily.com/gekaufte-journalisten-german-book-will-rock-world/

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December 5, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Ignored Legacy of George H.W. Bush: War Crimes, Racism, and Obstruction of Justice

  • The Ignored Legacy of George H.W. Bush: War Crimes, Racism, and Obstruction of Justice
    by , https://theintercept.com/
    THE TRIBUTES TO former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday aged 94, have been pouring in from all sides of the political spectrum. He was a man “of the highest character,” said his eldest son and fellow former president, George W. Bush. “He loved America and served with character, class, and integrity,” tweeted former U.S. Attorney and #Resistance icon Preet Bharara. According to another former president, Barack Obama, Bush’s life was “a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling. And he did tremendous good along the journey.” Apple boss Tim Cook said: “We have lost a great American.”


    In the age of Donald Trump, it isn’t difficult for hagiographers of the late Bush Sr. to paint a picture of him as a great patriot and pragmatist; a president who governed with “class” and “integrity.” It is true that the former president refused to vote for Trump in 2016, calling him a “blowhard,” and that he eschewed the white nationalist, “alt-right,” conspiratorial politics that has come to define the modern Republican Party. He helped end the Cold War without, as Obama said, “firing a shot.” He spent his life serving his country — from the military to Congress to the United Nations to the CIA to the White House. And, by all accounts, he was also a beloved grandfather and great-grandfather to his 17 grandkids and eight great-grandkids.

    Nevertheless, he was a public, not a private, figure — one of only 44 men to have ever served as president of the United States. We cannot, therefore, allow his actual record in office to be beautified in such a brazen way. “When a political leader dies, it is irresponsible in the extreme to demand that only praise be permitted but not criticisms,” as my colleague Glenn Greenwald has argued, because it leads to “false history and a propagandistic whitewashing of bad acts.” The inconvenient truth is that the presidency of George Herbert Walker Bush had far more in common with the recognizably belligerent, corrupt, and right-wing Republican figures who came after him — his son George W. and the current orange-faced incumbent — than much of the political and media classes might have you believe.

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Gingrich’s photograph is featured in the Annals of the Bohemian Club, Volume 7, 1987-1996 alongside George W. Bush and his father.

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December 5, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics, History | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rand Paul Rages: “The Deep State Is Trying To Run Congress”

  • Rand Paul Rages: “The Deep State Is Trying To Run Congress”
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed leaders of multiple Senate committees Tuesday about the October murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

    But Senator Rand Paul believes Haspel should share the CIA’s findings with all members of Congress. Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, exclaimed:

    “To my mind this is the very definition of the deep state…”
    “The deep state is that the intelligence agencies do things, conclude things, make conclusions but then the elected officials are prevented from knowing about this.”

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December 5, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Guardian UK Fake News Exposed

  • RT America Published on Nov 30, 2018
    The Guardian’s recent bombshell report alleging secret meetings with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during Trump’s presidential campaign may have been fake news. Because on top of Manafort’s denial and Assange’s insistence that the story is a hoax, the Guardian itself edited the piece mere hours after publication, weakening its language and qualifying its claims.
http://americanfreepress.net/?p=20355

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http://www.carlbernstein.com/magazine_cia_and_media.php

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December 1, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Major Psy-Op in Europe Exposed: UK Government Tramples on Values It Vowed to Protect

  • Major Psy-Op in Europe Exposed: UK Government Tramples on Values It Vowed to Protect
    by ALEX GORKA, https://www.strategic-culture.org/
    Those who have been saying that the West has turned Russia into a scapegoat to be blamed for each and every thing that goes wrong have been proved right. We have witnessed concocted stories invented to denigrate Moscow that have gone viral as directed by the secret services. The UK, the country that is spearheading the anti-Russian information campaign, offers a good example that illustrates how this is being done.

    An online group of hackers known as Anonymous has just revealed covert UK activities in the EU. According to the documents released by that group, London is in the midst of a major program to interfere in the internal affairs of EU members, the US, and Canada. Anonymous threatens to release more information on the clandestine operations of the UK government, unless it agrees to remove the shroud of secrecy protecting those information-warfare efforts. On Nov. 24 Twitter deleted RT comments on the issue. The UK knows it has friends it can rely on in a crunch.

    The Integrity Initiative is a London-based organization set up and funded by the government-friendly Institute for Statecraft, in cooperation with the Free University of Brussels (VUB) to wage information-warfare operations against Russia. Anonymous calls it a “large-scale information secret service.” It aims to “change attitudes in Russia itself” as well as the influence of Russian natives living abroad. The Integrity Initiative’s budget for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2019 is estimated at £1.96 million ($2.51 million). The network has received grants from NATO, the US State Department, and Facebook.

    The Initiative’s operations have been kept under wraps. Its activities are conducted by “clusters” of local politicians, journalists, military personnel, scientists, and academics involved in anti-Russian propaganda efforts. The list includes William Browder, a US-British businessman convicted in absentia in Russia for tax evasion.

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http://americanfreepress.net/?p=20355

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November 28, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

AP: Yemen War Binds U.S., Allies, Al Qaeda. U.S. Supporting Al Qaeda

  • CBS News Published on Aug 9, 2018
    A new round of deadly Saudi-coalition airstrikes have been pounding Yemen. This comes after the Associated Press revealed the U.S.-backed coalition paid some al Qaeda fighters to leave key battle areas in the war-torn nation. The investigation also found militants sometimes joined the coalition, putting them on the same side as the U.S in the war. The Pentagon denies there’s any evidence of these situations. Associated Press Middle East Enterprise Editor Lee Keath, who worked on the report, joins CBSN to discuss it.
  • Are we the baddies? Al Qaeda team plays on the same side as the US in Yemen
    by https://www.rt.com/
    US media obfuscation of the truth about the Yemen war has effectively shielded the American public from learning that their country is in league with Al Qaeda forces there, Rania Khalek reports.

    Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP) is supposed to be the branch most dangerous to Americans because it is actively plotting attacks on the US. Yet, the US-backed coalition of Arab nations, led by Saudi Arabia, has cozied up with the group amid the stalled military intervention against the Houthis. AQAP not only fights coalition members, but even serves as a source of recruits for it.

    The US has a long history of using radical religious extremists to do their dirty work, from propping the Muslim Brotherhood against socialist movements, and arming and training the mujahideen against the USSR in Afghanistan, to turning a blind eye to the predominance of various jihadist groups among anti-government ‘rebels’ in Syria.

    But the American public is mostly oblivious to the fact that the terrorists, which their country has been supposedly fighting to eradicate since the 9/11 attacks, are de facto US allies in Yemen.

    The US mainstream media does not give such details their deserved coverage. The entire Yemeni debacle has been flying under the radar for years, as the Saudi-led coalition bombs weddings and marketplaces and blocks food supplies to the starving nation, Khalek says.

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https://twitter.com/IntheNow_tweet/status/1067191269661859847

https://sputniknews.com/us/201809101067889993-us-senator-middle-east-syria/

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https://sputniknews.com/us/201809121067951343-US-Shielding-al-Qaeda-911/

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http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/10/why-are-we-siding-with-al-qaeda/

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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/08/06/us-now-allied-al-qaeda-yemen-ap-reveals-american-backed-saudi-coalition-forged-deals

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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/08/07/unite-with-devil-yemen-war-binds-us-allies-al-qaida.html

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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/05/15/gave-us-trucks-and-ammunition-to-al-qaeda-chaotic-us-effort-to-arm-syrian-rebels.html

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https://harpers.org/archive/2016/01/a-special-relationship/?single=1

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http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/america-siding-with-terrorists-like-al-nusra-its-not-a-conspiracy-theory-10319370.html

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https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201709111057283335-lavrov-nusra-front-syria/

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November 28, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Russia Says US Uses ISIS-Daesh to Maintain Presence in Syria

  • PressTV Published on Nov 24, 2018
    Russia has accused the US of using the Daesh terror group to justify its military presence in Syria. Lavrov said the main remaining stronghold of Daesh in Syria is now located on the territory controlled by the US. He added that Washington apparently has a covert agenda in Syria. Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin also warned that Daesh was expanding its presence in the Syrian regions controlled by the US. Russia has been fighting Daesh terrorists in Syria at the request of the country’s government. Damascus, however, considers the US presence on its soil as illegal and an act of aggression.
https://dod.defense.gov/News/Transcripts/Transcript-View/Article/630393/department-of-defense-press-briefing-by-col-warren-via-dvids-from-baghdad-iraq/

Leaflet: US warning to ISIS terrorists to run away as airstrikes coming, abandon oil trucks. Click on image to goto Department of Defense statement: “.. these are the leaflets that we dropped — about 45 minutes before the airstrikes actually began.”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/30/isis-j30.html

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http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/21384-u-s-defense-intel-chief-obama-gave-willful-aid-to-al-qaeda

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http://www.wnd.com/2015/01/generals-conclude-obama-backed-al-qaida/

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https://sputniknews.com/us/201809121067951343-US-Shielding-al-Qaeda-911/

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https://sputniknews.com/us/201809101067889993-us-senator-middle-east-syria/

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http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/10/why-are-we-siding-with-al-qaeda/

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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/08/06/us-now-allied-al-qaeda-yemen-ap-reveals-american-backed-saudi-coalition-forged-deals

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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/08/07/unite-with-devil-yemen-war-binds-us-allies-al-qaida.html

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https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/trevor-aaronson-inside-the-fbis-manufactured-war-on-terror/

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November 27, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Washington Sees Daesh as Ally to Be Used for Regime Change in Syria – Lavrov

  • Washington Sees Daesh as Ally to Be Used for Regime Change in Syria – Lavrov
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    Earlier, US special representative for Syria engagement James Jeffrey claimed that the Syrian government was responsible for creating Daesh (ISIS),* which he said was trying to “protect people…from the depradations of the Assad regime.”

    The United States is using Daesh as a pretext for continuing its illegal presence in Syria, and regards the terrorist group almost like an ally for carrying out regime change in the Arab Republic, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.

    “The US State Department has declared that Daesh has not been completely defeated, and that the main condition for its defeat is regime change in Syria and the withdrawal of any Iranian or pro-Iranian units from the country. This confirms my theory that the Americans view Daesh as an excuse for their presence in Syria and almost as an ally in the fight against the Syrian regime. In other words, the main task now is regime change, not defeating Daesh,” Lavrov said, speaking in Lisbon after meeting with his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva.

    Backing up this assessment, Lavrov pointed out that the main remaining hotbed of Daesh activity in Syria is now situated in territories “controlled by the United States — on the East Bank of the Euphrates River.”

    This also includes the area around the settlement of At-Tanf in southern Syria, “where the United States has illegally created a zone which they control with a radius of 55 km,” he said. “Inside this zone are several thousands bandits, whom the US regards as off-limits, allowing the Americans to make excuses for their presence, including in this particular territory.”

    Commenting on the recent statement by UK Chief of General Staff Mark Carleton-Smith that Russia posed a “far greater threat” to British national security than Daesh or al-Qaeda, Lavrov said that Russia couldn’t “forbid anyone” from “demonstrating their intellectual and political capabilities.”

    “I heard about this statement, and have heard many statements of this kind from Britain’s minister of defence,” Lavrov added, noting Russia couldn’t influence the decisions of the British government “regarding whom they trust to lead their armed forces.”

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http://newsvoice.se/2015/05/27/swedish-politician-us-is-the-cause-of-refugees-from-the-middle-east/

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/going-after-the-islamic-state/5401439

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November 26, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Anonymous Blows Lid Off Huge Psyop in Europe And It’s Funded by UK & US

  • Anonymous Blows Lid Off Huge Psyop in Europe And It’s Funded by UK & US
    by https://www.rt.com/
    Anonymous has published documents which it claims have unearthed a massive UK-led psyop to create a “large-scale information secret service” in Europe – all under the guise of countering “Russian propaganda.”

    In a document dump on November 5, the group exposed the UK-based ‘Integrity Initiative’, said to have been established by the ominously titled Institute for Statecraft in 2015.

    The main objective is “to provide a coordinated Western response to Russian disinformation and other elements of hybrid warfare.” The Institute for Statecraft is affiliated with the NATO HQ Public Diplomacy Division and the Home Office-funded ‘Prevent’ program, so objectivity is, of course, at the forefront of their work. 

    Operating on a budget of £1.9 million (US$2.4 million), the secretive Integrity Initiative consists of “clusters” of local politicians, journalists, military personnel, scientists and academics. The team is dedicated to searching for and publishing “evidence” of Russian interference in European affairs, while themselves influencing leadership behind the scenes, the documents claim.

    The UK establishment appears to be conducting the very activities of which it and its allies have long-accused the Kremlin, with little or no corroborating evidence. The program also aims to “change attitudes in Russia itself” as well as influencing Russian speakers in the EU and North America, one of the leaked documents states.

    At present, the vast network allegedly has clusters for Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Norway, Serbia, and Montenegro… but there’s more!

    According to the Anonymous leak, major plans to expand the sphere of influence throughout eastern Europe, the US, and Canada, as well as the MENA region, are allegedly underway.

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November 26, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment