Carter Page: I Didn’t Speak to Igor Sechin but it Would be an Honor if I Did
If you watch this speech he gave to Russia in December, it’s simply stunning. Page offered up what has to be the world’s most obsquious denial ever: no I didn’t speak to Igor Sechin but he’s the salt of the earth and I’d be so honored if I had.
It’s also interesting in that Page uses the phrase ‘fake news’ just as both Trump and the Russians use it. And he quotes from Glenn Greenwald of all people in establishing the fact of fake news. Greenwald was one of the first on Twitter to start using ‘fake news’ ironically in more or less the opposite sense of what it initially meant to connote.
This was at about 20:30.
Greenwald has been very indignant of the phrase ‘useful idiot’ but this is the textbook definition of what it means. Assuming Greenwald is not really in on it himself-as presumably, he’s not, then he”s a useful idiot. It’s rather striking that Carter Page knows who he is and seemingly all the Russian folks at this school he was speaking at seemed to know.
At about 22:35 Page calls the idea that he met with Igor Sechin ‘fake news’ though it would have been an honor.
Somehow this does not fill me with the sense that he ‘Has nothing to do with Igor Sechin’ to paraphrase Trump-‘I have nothing to do with Russia.’
And Page is accused of much more than simply talking to Sechin. He’s basically accused of being in a conversation where Segin made him an offer in exchange for him committing treasonous actions.
“A dossier with unverified claims about President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia contained allegations that Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia’s state oil company, offered former Trump ally Carter Page and his associates the brokerage of a 19% stake in the company in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions on Russia.”
“The dossier says the offer was made in July, when Page was in Moscow giving a speech at the Higher Economic School. The claim was sourced to “a trusted compatriot and close associate” of Sechin, according to the dossier’s author, former British spy Christopher Steele.”
“Sechin’s associate said that the Rosneft president was so keen to lift personal and corporate western sanctions imposed on the company, that he offered Page and his associates the brokerage of up to a 19 per cent (privatised) stake in Rosneft,” the dossier said. “In return, Page had expressed interest and confirmed that were Trump elected US president, then sanctions on Russia would be lifted.”
“Four months before the intelligence community briefed Trump, then-President Barack Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden, and the nation’s top lawmakers on the dossier’s claims — most of which have not been independently verified but are being investigated by US intelligence agencies — a US intelligence source told Yahoo’s Michael Isikoff that Sechin met with Page during Page’s three-day trip to Moscow. Sechin, the source told Yahoo, raised the issue of the US lifting sanctions on Russia under Trump.”
Page was not exactly outraged by this offer for him to engage in treason.
“Page, for his part, was “noncommittal” in his response to Sechin’s requests that the US lift the sanctions, the dossier said. But he signaled that doing so would be Trump’s intention if he won the election, and he expressed interest in Sechin’s offer, according to the document.”
“In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump suggested the sanctions could be lifted if Moscow proved to be a useful ally. “If you get along and if Russia is really helping us,” Trump asked, “why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?”
“Page has criticized the US sanctions on Russia as “sanctimonious expressions of moral superiority.” He praised Sechin in a May 2014 blog post for his “accomplishments” in advancing US-Russia relations. A US official serving in Russia while Page worked at Merrill Lynch in Moscow told Isikoff that Page “was pretty much a brazen apologist for anything Moscow did.”
Let’s be clear: this is a proposal that Page-who in his own words has worked and lived in Russia most of his adult life-is offered private benefits in exchange for radically changing public, US foreign policy. This is treason, full stop.
And he’s ‘noncommittal’ but makes it seem like the Trump team is ‘amenable.’
The very fact that he’s worked in Russia most of his adult life tells you he’s in with Putin: no one who’s not Putin’s friend would ever get to enter much less work in Russia.
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