Disinfo: US Congress transcripts will prove Russia did not meddle in 2016 election

Summary

The newly released House Intelligence Committee transcripts will help establish that there was no Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections whatsoever.

According to the transcripts, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper “never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting [or] conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election”. Nevertheless, in April 2019, Clapper still insisted that there may have been some “passive collusion” between Trump and Russia, despite Special Counsel Robert Mueller finding nothing of the kind.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying Moscow's interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Like multiple earlier stories made by pro-Kremlin outlets regarding the 2016 US election, the present report muddles the crucial distinction between: a) interference, b) collusion, and c) conspiracy.

Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election is a well-documented fact. By the time the Mueller report was published, Russian meddling in the 2016 poll had been established by the US intelligence community. The Mueller report itself concluded that Moscow had carried out this effort "in sweeping and systematic fashion" (p. 1).

On the other hand, collusion is "not a specific offense or theory of liability found in the United States Code, nor is it a term of art in [US] federal criminal law," (p. 2) and therefore gathering evidence of it fell outside the scope of the Special Counsel investigation. The aim of the probe was not merely to ascertain contacts between the Trump Campaign and Russia-linked individuals during the election period, but to establish whether these interactions were deliberate enough on the part of Trump Campaign officials to sustain charges of conspiracy (ibid).

Clapper's testimony, therefore, is in line with the findings of the Special Counsel investigation and does nothing to suggest that Russia did not interfere in the election.

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  • Reported in: Issue 196
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, Robert Mueller, Manipulated elections/referendum, Donald Trump
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Russia has no role in Ukraine’s war and soon the EU will be forced to ask for better relations

Soon the situation will be really bad in the world, and Europe can’t survive without Russia. European high representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, pointed out that the EU is open to looking at its relations with Russia under a new perspective but that it is necessary to advance towards the resolution of the conflict in the Ukrainian territory. However, Russian senator Frants Klintsevich recalled that Russia is not taking part in Ukraine’s civil war and is simply providing material, political and humanitarian aid to the Donetsk and Luhansk Popular Republics to prevent Kiev from smashing the Russians in Donbass. However, it has been established that Russians are to be blamed a priori, and relations are built only from this stance. But relations are developing in a way that soon European countries will rush to ask President Vladimir Putin for better relations. Unfortunately, European politicians don’t dare to talk about it because they are afraid of their master, the US.

Disproof

This is a mix of several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, merging claims about EU’s alleged weakness and its submission to the United States with denials about Russia’s involvement in Ukraine’s civil war. By pretending that Russia has no role in this armed conflict, despite massive evidence in this regard, this narrative aims to suggest that there is actually no obstacle for better relations between the EU and Moscow, and since Russia is portrayed as the stronger side, this relation should be established on Russian terms.

EU's combined GDP is over 18,76 trillion US dollars according to the World Bank, compared to 1,65 trillion for Russia. Since 2014 the illegal annexation of Crimea and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine have seriously affected the bilateral political dialogue, not any kind of anti-Russian guidance from the US. The European Union is a sovereign entity with its own foreign policy.

OPCW ignores evidence proving Douma chemical attack was staged by White Helmets

In March 2019, the OPCW issued a report on the Douma incident, asserting that chlorine was “most likely” the chemical agent used in the alleged chemical weapons attack, despite evidence provided by Russia and Syria suggesting that it was staged by the White Helmets NGO.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narratives deflecting blame for chemical attacks from the Assad regime, and painting the White Helmets as terrorists.

The claim is made without evidence and follows the pattern of unsubstantiated accusations regarding the White Helmets' complicity in chemical attacks in Syria. Available evidence on such attacks has yet to link a single incident to any other party than the Assad regime.

Patients in Italy and Spain likely to be constantly infected by the coronavirus tests

On March 30, Luxembourg’s intermediary company Eurofins responsible for the supply and quality control of tests for the Covid-19, informed government’s laboratories that the virus was found in their delivery lot. The company’s official letter stated that the virus was found in key components of the test, namely in probes and capsules supplied from the United States.

Eurofins also reported the discovery of coronavirus and some other intermediary companies also receiving their test kits from overseas. The shocking news bypassed by both international and national mainstream media.

[…] Why, in countries such as Italy and Spain, where the population has been under quarantine for a month and a half, the death rate from Covid-19 is not going down? The number of victims in these countries still ranges from 500-800 per day!  But according to the most respected experts, the average incubation period of Covid-19 is of 14 days. Two weeks after the quarantine was introduced, there should have been a sharp decline in the death rate from coronavirus. But for some reason this does not happen.

Most likely, people are continuously infected by the tests for Covid-19! […] We can add with confidence that this list will be continued by France, Great Britain and the USA. Specific facts now speak in favour of this version: the tests are infected on a very large scale, and the authorities nonetheless show little concern about this.

Disproof

The disinformation claim, first written on Eadaily.com, was republished by Gumilev-Center.ru and than became viral on Russian social media and messenger, including Whatsapp messages, without mentioning the original source.

The original claim on Eadaily.com amplifies and misrepresents the reporting by The Telegraph. The original reporting by the Telegraph says that "Britain’s attempt to ramp up mass coronavirus testing has been dealt a blow after key components ordered from overseas were discovered to be contaminated with coronavirus, the Telegraph can disclose" and "traces of the virus were detected in parts due for delivery". The supplier, Eurofins company said that the issue can be resolved by ‘proper cleaning’ but admitted the discovery would result in a delay.