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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Which Dems are behind the fake BuzzFeed story

(Paul Mirengoff)

It now seems virtually certain that the “dossier” on Donald Trump that was published earlier this week by BuzzFeed is fake news — a fiction intended to undermine the president-elect of the United States. The potential harm to our democratic process of introducing such material into political discourse is obvious — about as obvious as the release by Russian agents of DNC and Podesta emails. In one sense, the release of the Trump dossier is even worse because it appears that the leaked emails were genuine.

How did the false dossier come into being? As I understand it based on the reporting I’ve seen, political opponents of Trump hired a British company headed by an ex-spy to investigate Trump’s dealings with Russia and his conduct in that country. It’s been reported that originally anti-Trump Republicans retained the company’s services, but once Trump became the nominee, or presumptive nominee, Democrats paid the freight.

The investigation generated the dossier. The information contained therein almost certainly was concocted, perhaps by shady sources in Russia.

How did the false dossier enter into the political bloodstream? I assume the dossier was provided by the British company to the Democratic political enemies of Trump who at that point were paying for the company’s services.

Presumably, these enemies then sought to get it into circulation, quite possibly through the efforts of one of the company’s principles — the one who is said to be a former spy with a decent track record. Trump’s political enemies appear to have received an assist from one or more of our intelligence agencies and then from BuzzFeed.

Did the political enemies of Trump who paid the British company know that the information it obtained and then peddled was false? It seems clear that they knew or should have known.

The nearly universal reaction of those who have familiarity with real intelligence seems to be that the dossier is a joke. Newspapers with no love for Trump refused to run stories based on the dossier because it seemed so fishy. The enemies of Trump who were behind the dossier must, at a minimum, also have had that strong impression.

Who, by name, are the people who knowingly or with extreme recklessness injected into our politics false information with the potential to derail the president-elect of the United States? As of early this morning, I haven’t seen any reporting on this.

The question seems worth investigating. It shouldn’t be that difficult to investigate.

I understand that the mainstream media which, to its credit, didn’t push the false dossier story, would like to forget about this extraordinary attempt to bring down the president-elect. That way, it can focus its efforts on writing yet more stories about Russian hacking or on finding new ways to discredit Trump.

But perhaps one enterprising reporter will show some interest in investigating the most daring attempt at political fraud since Rathergate.


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