In Russia Speech Glenn Greenwald Ends up on Carter Page’s Lips
Greenwald gets very indignant when liberals use the phrase ‘useful idiot’ and claims that the concerns over Trump and Russia is ‘The new McCarthyism.’
Of course, if someone accuses you of being a useful idiot, it implies you’re not guilty of conspiring with a nefarious conspiracy, just being highly useful to them despite that fact. I have no idea who Greenwald really is or what his real motivations are.
He claims to be just a principled civil libertarian who cares deeply about privacy rights and human rights. This may or may not be the case.
What we do know that this is what Julian Assange wants to believe about he and his organization Wikileaks, and this is not the case. Activists who in any way had good intentions have left Wikileaks since 2010.
Julian Assange despite the image he tries to cultivate is a determined Putinist agent of the Far Right.
As for Greenwald, we know less as he keeps his hands close to his vest and tends to be very obtuse-by design.
But whatever his real goals are-whether they are what he says they are or whether they’re not-it’s clear that he’s a useful idiot for the Trumpsters, and for the Russians.
Ok, take the pejorative tense out of it: he has been highly useful to the Trumpsters and the Russians. I’ve pointed out in the past that during the general election, Greenwald wrote 16 posts that were highly critical of Hillary Clinton and/or the Democratic party. In that same time frame, he wrote zero posts critical of Donald Trump and/or the Republican party. Not one.
So from that you can extrapolate that-whatever his intention-the Trump campaign found that highly useful. After all, Greenwald’s reputation is not like that of someone from Breitbart, etc. He’s a man allegedly of the Left or a principled libertarian, privacy activist, activist for human rights.
Yet everything he says is helpful to Trump and harmful to the Democrats. Ergo-assuming his intention is not actually to help Trump-he’s a useful idiot.
Roger Stone clearly noticed exactly what I did-that Stone has taken it easy on Trump and the GOP while he’s been very tough on HRC and the Dems. This is no doubt why he chose Greenwald’s The Intercept for his recent interview.
In Carter Page’s rather surreal speech in Russia in December he namedropped Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald was the only journalist he mentioned by name. He seemed to to think his Russian audience needed no elaboration for who Greenwald is.
Parenthetically, let’s not lose sight of the fact that Carter Page reportedly was offered a treasonous proposition last July: if Trump removes Russia sanctions, Page would get a 19% share in the state Russian oil company, Rosnet.
Ironically, he quoted Greenwald for claiming that Democrats were using the term ‘fake news’ in such a broad sense as to take away any meaning. Greenwald was one of the first to start using ‘fake news’ in an ironic sense that more or less reversed it 180 degrees from its original intent.
Thanks to the work of Greenwald and others, Trump has now appropriated the phrase to dismiss any news story he finds inconvenient.
Indeed, the way Trump now applies the phrase, ‘fake news’ is often employed to dismiss accurate stories that just don’t frame it the way Trump would prefer they framed it.
Carter Page himself after name checking Greenwald, went on to apply ‘fake news’ in some pretty dubious ways.
The result of all this is whatever you think of how ‘fake news’ was being employed originally, it is now an absolutely meaningless slur now that Greenwald and friends have helped Trump co-opt the phrase.
Further ironic that Stone comes to Greenwald’s paper to argue that ‘facts are in the eye of the beholder’-ie, alternative facts.
Again useful idiots are useful without consciously meaning to be. Like Snowden. Even if we assume the best motives for both Greenwald and Snowden-we believe their version of events leading up to his being holed up in Russia-Assange had pushed for Snowden to be in Russia-we have to note that at a minimum, Snowden has been highly useful for Putin’s purposes.
Putin has found him an invaluable propaganda asset. It makes it look as if Putin himself is protecting free speech, and whistleblowers, when if someone had done to Russia what Snowden did to the US-they’d be never heard from again.
So in that sense Snowden-whatever the truth of his motivations-and whether you believe what Louise Mensch says about him or not-has been highly useful for the purposes of Russia.
To put to pejoratively, Snowden’s been a useful idiot for Russia.
Again, this is the best case scenario, giving Snowden the benefit of the doubt. Louise Mensch doesn’t do that:
“By the 2012 election, Russia’s desire to interfere with American democracy was already there, but it as yet didn’t have the tools to succeed in that aim. I deliberately omit some of the timeline here in order to get to the bigger points in the story, but I will return to it later.”
“Russian moles placed inside the NSA recruited Edward Snowden. A letter between the FSB in Cuba and SENAIN in Quito held in a file marked ‘Assange’ in London, dated 4th April 2013, the day before Snowden sent his only email on legalities, April 5th 2013, and before Snowden took his uppermost level documents during the rest of the month of April, proves conclusively that Mr. Snowden is a Russian agent who acted on instructions from Moscow. After Snowden fled to Hong Kong, he escaped from there by an Ecuadorean travel document arranged by Julian Assange, and tried to get to Cuba.”
“Snowden is a low-level IT idiot. He had help taking what he took from the NSA. I recommend the NSA review their case files and pick up the Russian moles within their agency. Snowden used stolen credentials, but it is almost certain that he received a piece of removable media like a memory card from his Russian handlers. He took military secrets. And by “he” I mean the FSB.”
“In 2013, after the Russians received all of the Snowden files, and China some of them, most press coverage concentrated on the traps that terrorists and Russian spies were able to avoid. They missed that Russian hackers would now proceed to use the NSA’s tech offensively.”
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