Tag Archives: Russia

Hillary Clinton: Cold creepiness with a side of corruption

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On October 16, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took her public pity party (and not so subtle hopes of somehow magically overturning the 2016 election) abroad, calling out WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as ‘a tool of Russian intelligence …. a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator’ in an interview on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s show ‘Four Corners.’ Clinton’s evidenceless accusations don’t seem to carry much weight with Assange himself. He doesn’t find her ‘a credible person.’ ‘It is not just her constant lying,’ he says. ‘It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement. Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely seen.’ Was Clinton’s latest lunge at Assange and WikiLeaks a preemptive strike? An attempt, perhaps, to get ahead of extreme ugliness in the coming news cycle?” (10/18/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11663

FBI says it uncovered Russian bribery plot before Clinton pushed through nuclear deal

Source: New York Post

“The FBI had evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s energy business in the US before the Obama administration approved a deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, a new report said Tuesday. The feds used a confidential US witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks …. Russian nuclear officials also sent millions of dollars to the US designed to benefit the Clinton Foundation while then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that smoothed the way for the sale of the US uranium interests.” (10/17/17)

http://nypost.com/2017/10/17/fbi-uncovered-russian-bribery-plot-before-controversial-nuclear-deal/

Russia: Regime plans “CryptoRuble” cryptocurrency

Source: Newsweek

“Russia may soon become the world’s first country to launch a cryptocurrency backed by a nation state, according to reports. Similar to bitcoin, the CryptoRuble cryptocurrency will be underpinned by a online ledger known as a blockchain. Unlike bitcoin, however, it will not be possible for people to mine the virtual currency—the process of confirming cryptocurrency transactions and adding their record to the blockchain in order to generate new units of the currency. Local reports cited by cryptocurrency news website CoinTelegraph revealed that CryptoRubles can be exchanged for rubles, though a 13 percent tax will be levied if the holder is unable to explain where the CryptoRubles came from.” (10/16/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-cryptoruble-cryptocurrency-ruble-putin-685518

Russian military says US “pretending” to fight Islamic State in Iraq, letting jihadis flow into Syria

Source: Newsweek

“Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of ‘pretending’ to fight the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and of deliberately reducing its air strikes in Iraq to allow the group’s militants to stream into Syria to slow the Russian-backed advance of the Syrian army. In the latest sign of rising tensions between Moscow and Washington, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the U.S.-led coalition had sharply reduced its air strikes in Iraq in September when Syrian forces, backed by Russian air power, had started to retake Deir Ezzor Province.” (10/10/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-military-says-us-pretending-fight-isis-iraq-letting-jihadis-flow-syria-681331

Russia: Foreign Ministry threatens retaliatory restrictions on US media outlets

Source: Antiwar.com

“Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova is warning that Russia is considering applying restrictions to certain US media outlets in retaliation for recent US measures taken against Russia’s RT news channel. Last month, the US Justice Department ordered RT to register as a ‘foreign agent,’ which requires them to make a massive number of disclosures. The Foreign Agent Registration Act was meant to target foreign lobbyists and politicians, and had virtually never been used against journalists before.” (10/09/17)

http://news.antiwar.com/2017/10/08/russia-threatens-retaliatory-restrictions-on-us-media-outlets/

Russia: Putin hosts Salman to talk about oil, Syria

Source: Washington Post

“Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Saudi Arabia’s King Salman for talks in Moscow on Thursday in the first official visit of a Saudi monarch to Russia that was expected to focus on oil and the war in Syria. At the Kremlin’s opulent St. Andrew’s Hall, Putin in televised remarks hailed the king’s visit as a ‘landmark’ event. Salman in his reply called Russia a ‘friendly nation’ and said his country is committed to strengthen ties ‘in the interests of peace and security.’ Relations between the two countries have often been strained. During Cold War times, the Saudis helped arm Afghan rebels fighting against the Soviet invasion.” (10/05/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/putin-opens-talks-with-saudi-king-at-the-kremlin/2017/10/05/b6d9e96e-a9c0-11e7-9a98-07140d2eed02_story.html

North Korea gets second route to Internet via Russia link

Source: Bloomberg

“North Korea now has two ways to get on the internet, thanks to a new connection from Russia, according to cybersecurity outfit FireEye Inc. Russian telecommunications company TransTeleCom opened a new link for users in North Korea, Bryce Boland, chief technology officer for the Asia-Pacific region at FireEye, said in an interview on Monday. Until now, state-owned China United Network Communications Ltd. was the country’s sole connection. Boland was confirming an earlier report by website 38 North that said the Russian connection went live on Sunday.” (10/02/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-02/north-korea-gets-second-route-to-internet-this-time-via-russia

Syria: Russian Ministry of Defense claims US special ops forces and hardware spotted at Islamic State positions

Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“The Russian Ministry of Defense has released aerial images which they say show US Army special forces equipment north of the town of Deir er-Zor, where ISIS militants are deployed. US Army special units provide free passage for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) through the battle formations of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists, the ministry said in a statement. … The images released by the Russian Defense Ministry encourage speculation that the US and SDF forces have some sort of ‘understanding’ with IS terrorists operating in the region, according to Ammar Waqqaf, the director of the Gnosos think tank.” [editor’s note: Yes, it’s Russian state media. No, it doesn’t seem noticeably less reliable than the US stenography outfits pretending to be a free press – TLK] (09/25/17)

https://www.rt.com/news/404365-us-special-forces-isis/

Feds recruit 21 states to help keep up “Russian election meddling” scare

Source: CBS News

“The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached. The government told The Associated Press last year that more than 20 states were targeted by hackers believed to be Russian agents before the 2016 elections. But for many states, the calls Friday from the Department of Homeland Security were the first official confirmation of whether their states were on the list. … The government did not say who was behind the hacking attempts or provide details about what had been sought. But election officials in three states said Friday the attempts could be linked to Russia.” (09/22/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/feds-tell-21-states-they-were-targeted-during-election/

Russia: Prosecutor’s office summons Burger King for issuing cryptocurrency

Source: Bitcoin.com

“The Russian prosecutor’s office has summoned Burger King to explain the issuance of its cryptocurrency called Whoppercoin. Burger King is confident that it has not broken any laws since there is currently no regulation for cryptocurrency in Russia. … The Russian network of Burger King revealed in August that it had issued a cryptocurrency in Russia on the Waves blockchain platform. The token platform lets users who download their wallet issue their own coins and trade them with other Waves wallet holders. A decentralized exchange built into Waves wallets allows their tokens to be traded with other cryptocurrencies as well as fiat currencies.” (09/22/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/russian-prosecutors-office-summons-burger-king-issuing-cryptocurrency/