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A Few Words About ‘Russian Intelligence’

Posted on | March 17, 2022 | Comments Off on A Few Words About ‘Russian Intelligence’

This is Sergey Beseda, head of the FSB, which is Russia’s foreign intelligence bureau. Beseda is reportedly under house arrest because of the FSB’s failures in connection to the Ukrainian invasion disaster.

Ever since Hillary Clinton’s campaign started promoting the “Russian collusion” narrative in 2016 — first as a way to distract from her email scandal, later as an excuse for why she lost the election, and then as a way to sabotage Donald Trump’s presidency — Americans have been expected to believe that Putin’s spy agencies are so cunning they can get away with almost anything. Perhaps you remember this one:

In an interview clip released [April 2, 2021], Hunter Biden said that the laptop first reported on last fall by the New York Post “could” be his, potentially casting doubt on past comments from President Biden that he thought the laptop was Russian disinformation.
“For real, I don’t know,” Hunter Biden told CBS’ Tracy Smith in response to a question about the origin of the laptop during an interview for “CBS Sunday Morning.”
Smith then asked the younger Biden whether the laptop “could” be his.
“Of course certainly,” he responded. “It, it, there could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me. It could be that I was hacked. It could be that it was the — that it was Russian intelligence. It could be that it was stolen from me.”

That would certainly be remarkable, if a foreign intelligence agency could somehow create “misinformation” about the son of a presidential candidate and leak it out to the New York Post in the middle of a campaign. But does anyone — anyone — at this late date believe that is what happened? No, and the New York Times finally today admitted that the laptop actually was Hunter’s. We have become accustomed to media “fact checkers” labeling every damaging bit of news about Democrats as false, and you’re a conspiracy theorist if you think these “fact checkers” are really just partisan Democrat activists trying to help their friends win elections. However, would it be too much to ask these self-anointed fact-checkers to engage in some retroactive examination of claims made during the 2020 campaign? Like this, for example:

“Joe, they’re calling you a corrupt politician,” Trump said, before Biden replied: “Nobody’s calling me that.”
“They’re calling it ‘the laptop from hell,’” Trump said, exercising less restraint than he exhibited earlier in the night.
“Nobody is saying that,” Biden retorted. “I have to respond to that because there are 50 former national intelligence folks who said that what he’s accusing me of is a Russian plant,” he went on. “Five former heads of the CIA, both parties, say what he’s saying is a bunch of garbage. Nobody believes it except him and his good friend Rudy Giuliani,” Biden said.
Trump responded by mentioning his own impeachment trial in the House. “You mean the laptop is now another Russia, Russia, Russia hoax?”
Biden finished by saying that’s “exactly” what the intelligence community has found.

Well? Where is the legion of media fact-checkers now?

Is it not now self-evident that if (a) everything the New York Post reported about Hunter Biden’s laptop is true, then (b) what Joe Biden said about it being a “Russian plant” was a lie? That is to say (c) Biden is a “corrupt politician” exactly as Trump said during that debate, and (d) if the media had reported the truth at the time, maybe Joe Biden wouldn’t be in the White House now. We can extrapolate beyond that to suppose that if (e) Trump were still president then (f) Putin would not have dared to invade Ukraine, and therefore (g) Sergey Beseda might not be under house arrest now. You might say that “the ‘cabal’ that bragged of foisting Joe Biden on us” has an awful lot to answer for.

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