Mueller report refutes “Trump-Russia collusion” claim

Summary

Mainstream media outlets such as The New York Times continue to peddle the “Trump-Russia collusion” conspiracy theory, despite the fact that the Mueller report refutes any such allegations.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

The story deliberately conflates "collusion" (not a legal concept) and the actual scope of the Special Counsel investigation which, according to the Mueller report, was to establish "whether any Americans […] joined the Russian conspiracies to influence the election" (p.2).

The report explicitly identifies "numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign" (p. 9). See our recent debunking of the "no-collusion" claim here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 150
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, Robert Mueller, Mainstream media, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: RT (rt.com)
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Al Nusra Front plans to carry out a false chemical attack in Syria and blame Russia

Syrian terrorist group Al Nusra Front is preparing a false-flag attack in Saraqib, Idlib province, to accuse the Russian Air Force of using chemical weapons against civilians, according to the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Fighting Parts, which affirms that bomb shrapnel is being planted there from other regions of Syria.

Disproof

No evidence is provided to support this claim. Alleged false-flag chemical attacks are a recurrent narrative in Russian disinformation.

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The US are planning to use nuclear weapons in Europe

The United States are planning to use nuclear weapons in Europe.Some of the European countries, dependent on Washington, pretend that nothing is happening, or they are simply afraid to consider the possibility of the preparations for the use of nuclear weapons in the 21st century.

Disproof

No evidence given.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the US nuclear ambitions.

Alleged chemical attack in Syria: new documents question final findings of OPCW

A report written by OPCW engineers who went on the ground in Syria to Douma says that all the images, all the videos of this famous day of April 7, 2018 day of the alleged chemical attack in Douma of the damage caused do not correspond with the hypothesis of gas cylinders released from the air. Another place, another incoherence. A cylinder that just could not get where it was found with its valve still intact. The only rational explanation for them and that the two gas bottles were already on the spot. But these explanations clearly contradict the official report.

This new report changes everything. In summary, observations at the scene of the two locations, together with subsequent analysis, suggest that there is a higher probability that both cylinders were manually placed at those two locations rather than being delivered from an aircraft. The OPCW does not comment. But what we learned, thanks to those leaks,puts their final findings in question.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narratives deflecting blame for chemical attacks from the Assad regime; painting the White Helmets as terrorists; and aiming to discredit the OPCW.

The "never-before-seen-report" appears to be an engineering assessment carried out by one individual who, contrary to Sputnik's false claim, was never a member of the Fact-Finding Mission and is not currently employed by the organization.