The Catfishing of Anthony Weiner
If you’ve been reading me regularly lately, then you now my two theses of Russiagate:
1. Never underestimate Roger Stone. He’s been a big player going back to when he delivered that Canucks letter from Don Segretti back in 1972 to knockout Ed Muskie and ever since.
In addition to that you have his part in the Brooks Brothers riots of 2000-that shutdown the Florida recount that would have shown Al Gore the rightful winner of the 200 election. You have his black bag operation in 2004 when he and Donald Trump funded Rev. Al Sharpton’s 2004 Presidential run.
Sharpton’s job was no different than the Blacks Nixon paid back in 1872 to protest Edward Muskie as a racist. Sharpton too called Howard Dean a racist or suggested that he was very deficient on racial issues.
This was exactly what Trump and Roger Stone wanted him to do. That was during Trump’s alleged ‘Democratic period.’
He was never a Democrat, he was working Deep Cover. In 2008, Stone had a hand in bringing down Spitzer. Like with Weiner, it was easy as both of them had deep weaknesses: Spitzer for call girls, Weiner for sexting online and sending his body parts.
It should be noted that the takeout of Spitzer was led by Roger Stone, who just so happens to be very close to Donald Trump and close to The New York Post. The Post led the way in the reporting of the Spitzer scandal. Roger is a master, never underestimate Roger.
Stone is trying to hand wave, bob, and weave on this story of him and Guccifer 2.0.
Media is so dishonest-get beyond headline- contact with ALLEGED Russian blogger fully disclosed, benign, & AFTER DNC disclosures #NiceTry
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) March 12, 2017
Notice how he talks the same language as Donald Trump-‘the media is so dishonest.’
But the conversations were way before the Podesta emails. At the very least, you have to admit nothing that Stone is accused of in 2016-of coordinating with Russia’s interference in our election-is out of character with his past conduct.
But this takes me to my second These of Russiagate:
2. Anthony Weiner was setup. I know it might seem that Weiner has nothing to do with the Russians. That may or may not be so.
Louise Mensch has argued that Russian hackers catfished Weiner.
But I do think it’s likely that what happened with Weiner had something to do with Roger Stone. Consider his close friendship with the NY Post. That he was in on what they did to Spitzer and Weiner like Spitzer has a compulsion easy to take advantage of.
And he just seems to know an awful lot about this-just like he know a lot about the Podesta emails before the fact.
“Comey had no choice. The NYPD had and has a copy of the 650,000 emails. Comey’s statement, days before the election, that there’s nothing in there, is a bald-faced lie. This is just supposition, but I think the FBI director looked at the content and said they’re going to hang me if I don’t do something.”
But when I talk about the ‘catfishing of Anthony Weiner’ this is not a conspiracy theory. It’s a clear, known fact.
“Anthony Weiner continues to pretend The Post “set him up” to be “catfished.”
“Look, I am a target of a local newspaper here in New York,” the pervy pol said on Fernand Amandi’s radio show in Miami this week after Weiner was caught giving out his cellphone number to a guy posing as a female college student during a flirty, private online chat on an LA trip.
“They got someone to get into a conversation with me online. I caught them at it, but they still had enough things to make a story out of it.”
It’s just the latest lame excuse for Weiner’s bad behavior.
Yes, such bad behavior. Donald Trump says ‘I don’t even wait, I just start kissing’ but the outrage is the guy who sends pictures of himself on the Internet to-at least until the accusation in September, 2016-consenting adults.
But while the NY Post says Weiner ‘pretends’ to be catfished by the Post, their own words make it clear he was catfished. The only disagreement is whether or not it was the Post doing it. Knowing the post it’s no more out of character that they were the ones doing it than that Stone did coordinate with Wikileaks in the drop of the Podesta emails.
You know, when they dropped the night the Hollywood Access video came out, that too, was just another happy coincidence for Herr Trump.
“Four days later, Weiner is splashed on the front page of the Post with a new sexting scandal from the unnamed “busty brunette.” The Post has the woman’s emails and texts. Weiner is properly destroyed. Abedin leaves him, all his employers drop him. The final act.”
“Yes, he’s the worst and deserves what he gets. But was the Post complicit in the effort?”
“Sound too crazy to be true? Well, in 1997 it was widely reported that the Globe supermarket tabloid paid Suzen Johnson to set up NFL hero Frank Gifford. She had an affair with him, making his wife Kathie Lee Gifford the object of humiliation. The National Enquirer — no doubt angry that they’d been upstaged– scooped that Gifford had been set up. (The Enquirer later bought the Globe.) Johnson had been paid by The Globe to do it, the room where the seduction took place had been wired. It was a total set up to embarrass the Giffords.”
“The Post, let us not forget, is cousin to the News Corp papers in the UK that were profoundly revealed in the hacking scandal. Reporters and editors were paying police officials, hacking into emails and phone calls. Now, the Brits who ran the hacking are here in the US working for Rupert Murdoch. Rebekah Brooks, anyone?”
Any real investigation must have three star witnesses:
1. Roger Stone
2. Anthony Weiner
3. James Comey
There are deep questions not just of Stone’s coordination with Guccifer 2.0 and Wikileaks, but also in the setting up of Anthony Weiner.
Before Obama stepped down the DOJ IG announced an investigation into the FBI’s Emailgate investigation.
Good. But the whole case with Weiner needs to be examined from top to bottom. Ultimately in public hearings.
Did he really sext a 15 year old or was this another catfish-whether Russian or maybe with the NY Post. It’s clear that Weiner is always getting catfished by the Right. Sydney Leathers is the Republican who honeytrapped him in 2013 and destroyed his shot at redemption for NY Mayor.
It’s the third time Weiner has been caught sexting. The first was a misfired sexually explicit tweet that led Weiner to resign from Congress in 2011. The second incident, with Sydney Leathers, torpedoed Weiner’s 2013 mayoral campaign.
The “catfish,” who heads a Republican club at his NYC-area college, called Weiner an easy mark.
“The first time was the charm,” he told The Post. All it took was to retweet one of Weiner’s posts and add a comment.
“Within 20 minutes, Weiner responded.”
“The amount of effort this took was the most alarming thing given his history,” he said.
“I was trying to think how to get him to say something stupid without making it so obvious.”
Republicans are the ones who were always sexting Weiner. He was too compulsive to be able to resist even though he know they did it.
But this story about a GOP college student who setup Weiner shows that there may or may not have been Russian hackers involved in the catfishing of Weiner as Louise Mensch argues. But whether he was catfished by the Russians or not, he was certainly catfished, and more than once.
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