About 37,000 soldiers from 18 countries will take part in the military exercise “Defender Europe 2020”. 20,000 of them are American military personnel. The main goal is to practice the rapid deployment of American forces to the Russian border. Experts believe that Washington is testing options for invading the territory of the Kaliningrad region.
One thing we learned during Donald Trump’s presidency is that the Deep State is real: during the last three years we have seen it launching plot after plot to get the elections nullified, starting with the false “Intelligence Evaluation” of former CIA director John Brennan about Russia’s involvement in the elections in 2016. One of the things that candidate Trump did to become a target of the Deep State was to praise Wikileaks repeatedly. But then he was elected, and the real tragedy of Trump’s presidency is best represented by his 180-degree turn about Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange, now facing a sentence of 175 years in prison. The same Deep State that Trump is serving by persecuting Assange is the same that is plotting his overthrow.
This is a conspiracy theory with no evidence provided to support any of the multiple claims. It follows several recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, one denying any Russian interference in foreign elections (despite overwhelming evidence, both in the US and in other countries), and another about global elites secretly ruling the world, and specifically a so-called ‘Deep State’ in the United States that, among other things, aims to prevent US reconciliation with Russia. You can find many examples of the first narrative in the EUvsDisinfo database, such as allegations that neither the US Intelligence Committee report nor the Mueller report found any evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, or that “absurd” accusations against Russia are an attempt to demonise it. The second narrative aims to question the legitimacy of democracy and Western institutions, through examples such as unfounded stories about the “true rulers of the globe” like the "Skulls and Bones" fraternity to which all US presidents belong, a secret oligarch groups based in Switzerland, Jews and Masons, the Vatican, the Rothschild and Rockefeller families or billionaire George Soros, who allegedly uses the G7 as a facade and controls the world through mechanisms like manipulation of public opinion, thought control, climate change, immigration, and even the coronavirus outbreak.