Skip to comments.Russian Influence Operations in Washington
Posted on 06/25/2014 2:00:33 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Speaking to the U.S.-Russia Forum on June 16, 2014, the Russian Ambassador to Washington, Sergei Kislyak, told the participants that there are no ideological divides between the U.S. and Russia. He said both countries were market economies with democratic systems. He called for increased U.S.-Russian cooperation and claimed that the Edward Snowden affairthe case in which the former CIA and NSA contract employee fled to Russia with highly classified documentswas thrown on us, as if the Russian intelligence service, the FSB, was caught flat-footed by his defection.
With such absurd and outrageous statements, Kislyak betrayed true Russian intentions, as well as major disinformation themes, that continue to confuse Western audiences. Officially, he spoke on Russia Relations: Restoring a Constructive Agenda.
The event, held in the Hart Senate Office Building in the nations capital, was a major exercise in Russian influence operations.
Politically, participants in the U.S.-Russia Forum included figures from the left, such as Stephen Cohen, a professor from New York University and Princeton University, and his wife, Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor and publisher of The Nation magazine. But people also came from Pat Buchanans American Conservative magazine and the Ron Paul Institute.
In the past, the Russians could only count on support from the progressive side of the American political spectrum. Figures from the American conservative movement are now on the Putin bandwagon.
Alaskas Republican Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell talked about the need for cooperation with Russia despite disputes over Crimea and Ukraine, Syria and Iraq, which have brought U.S.-Russia relations to their lowest point in decades, according to a press release from his office.
Treadwell is running for the Senate against former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan and Joe Miller in the August 19 Republican primary.
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