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Luke Harding’s Continued Employment Discredits All Western Media

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Collusion author Luke Harding continues to receive mainstream traction authoring stories which generate headlines in influential media outlets around the world promoting his theory that Trump conspired with the Kremlin, despite the fact that both he and his theory have been completely and utterly discredited many times over.

The Guardian has published an article co-authored by Harding on “what are assessed to be leaked Kremlin documents” which “suggest” that Russian officials had a conversation which delivers “apparent confirmation that the Kremlin possesses kompromat, or potentially compromising material, on the future president.”

“The paper refers to ‘certain events’ that happened during Trump’s trips to Moscow,” says Harding with his two co-authors. “Security council members are invited to find details in appendix five, at paragraph five, the document states. It is unclear what the appendix contains.”

“Russia’s three spy agencies were ordered to find practical ways to support Trump, in a decree appearing to bear Putin’s signature,” the article reads, adding, “Western intelligence agencies are understood to have been aware of the documents for some months and to have carefully examined them. The papers, seen by the Guardian, seem to represent a serious and highly unusual leak from within the Kremlin.”

Note the highly qualified language, an ever-present phenomenon in the thinly sourced Russiagate stories we were inundated with throughout the entirety of Trump’s presidency: “suggest”, “assessed to be”, “apparent”, “appearing to”, “seem to”.

Also note how Harding and company do not know what’s in the appendix referenced which supposedly elaborates on their most incendiary claim.

Also note how “Western intelligence agencies” are the authoritative sources behind these claims.

Beyond this, the actual document provided by The Guardian has come under scrutiny for containing numerous linguistic errors unlikely to have been made by native Russian speakers.

Then there’s the little itty bitty problem that the president who the authors claim was beholden to the Kremlin via kompromat was indisputably far more hawkish toward Moscow than both the president who preceded him and the president who replaced him. If Kremlin intelligence did indeed compromise Trump with blackmail, a claim for which the Mueller investigation found no evidence, then it was a very poor investment indeed as it clearly had no impact on US foreign policy.

But the most damning evidence of all against this claim is the fact that serial fabulist Luke Harding had anything to do with it.

This is after all the same reporter who authored The Guardian’s notorious 2018 claim that Trump crony Paul Manafort had meetings with Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy, an evidence-free claim that was clearly false from the moment it was published and discredited even further by the fact that the Mueller investigation found no evidence for it. The same author who was involved in publishing a WikiLeaks password which led to unredacted documents becoming public. The same author who was humiliatingly incapable of substantiating his allegations of Trump-Russia collusion when he finally encountered an interviewer who challenged him to defend the titular claim in his book, Collusion.

Luke Harding should not be able to find employment anywhere more influential than the far side of a cashier’s counter, yet here he is still getting his ridiculous stories published by one of the most influential news media outlets in the English-speaking world.

Given legitimacy by The Guardian‘s publication, other western media are picking up this transparently bogus story and hyping it through the roof, from the Daily Beast headline “Reported Kremlin Leak Appears to Confirm Existence of Trump ‘Kompromat’” to the Forbes headline “Trump Kompromat Claimed: Kremlin Documents Reportedly Show Putin Conspiring For Billionaire” to the Raw Story headline “‘The pee tape is real’: Critics claim Kremlin leak confirms ‘every awful thing said about Trump ends up being absolutely true’“.

These articles will generate plenty of clicks, and they will make sure mainstream liberals maintain their virulent hatred of Russia. What they will not do is help anyone form a truth-based worldview.

If you needed any more proof that western media does not exist to tell you the truth about the world, there you go. The news in our society exists not to create an informed populace but to preserve partisan worldviews which protect the interests of the imperialist oligarchic class.

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  • I would bet that someone should be able to identify the exact Cyrillic typeface used by the comedy scriptwriters. This is my candidate:
    https://www.type-together.com/karmina-cyrillic
    I think Alexandra may be able to help:
    http://www.nicetype.ru/

    There is probably a plugin for that exact typewriter/photocopier effect somewhere too.

  • Isn’t this a first? Supposedly! I’ve just been racking my brains and I can’t think of another single instance when ‘Kremlin documents’ were leaked. And surely – if such documents DID exist – very few people would know of their existence OR have access to them. They would be top Top Secret! And why would you potentially risk your life – or at the very least – a long term prison sentence.

    Apart from all the disparities in the documents, it just doesn’t add up anyway But the giveaway is ‘Luke Harding’!

    • Afterthought: And WHY would anyone with access to such documents wait until NOW to leak them?!

  • The MSM has gotten so bad, caught lying so many times I would question the color of a clear sky if I read it on the guardian or any other reputable??? news site. They are all a part of the disinformation machine including the schools through university, the church’s of all ilks and on and on. Their purpose is to create the story we are all supposed to believe there bye maintaining the status quo with the ruling classes on top with the officer classes below and the ~90% of the useful and productive people below believing that this the natural order of society….not.

  • Things people do for money and let the rest burn.

  • “Luke Harding should not be able to find employment anywhere more influential than the far side of a cashier’s counter.”
    Not the first time I hear you speaking of being a cashier like it’s some sort of disease. All the people I know who work as as cashiers are good, honest and hard working people. Aren’t socialists supposed to be for the working class? Or do you consider yourself above such peasants since you have a white collar job?

    • Are you saying that a cashier has as much influence as a journalist? It was simply a statement of fact.

    • Do your cashier friends brag about all the influence they have?

  • Now they need a political cheerleader on the Left to get the mob shouting, “Send Trump to Prison.” For all we know, Trump, Biden, Hillary, Putin etc. are all in on it together. Divide the global pie after culling their own by turning them upon each other to fight over limited resources. It could end up a militarized “cleanup crew” collaboration with the blue helmets in charge.

    • Sending Trump prison has nothing to do with his involvement in the global pie or people on the left.

      It has to do with ethical people of all political persuasions rejecting his lying scamming thieving capitalist scummy business activities. The way he has Cheated people out of their money “Trump University” etc.

      Sheldon Addleson became a billionaire running casinos. Trump? HA HA HA he went bankrupt and cheated a bunch of workers out of their paychecks.

      If ever an American “business Tycoon” deserved prison time it’s this jackwagon.

  • Modus Operandi (2003): 1) Create the “facts” you want to refer to for worldwide presentation (even if through “enhanced interrogation”). 2) Have those “facts” “leaked” or published. 3) Refer to those “facts” on the world stage (with the referencing as cover). “The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” Modus Operandi (perfected) (2021): The Guardian‘s publication of straight out, fabricated, propaganda by Luke Harding begins making its rounds, worldwide. Now, we can “assess” these actions as “apparent confirmation[s]” of “potentially compromising” methods, “appearing” to destabilize the world – or, so it “seems.” https://seaclearly.com/2019/03/30/actors-stages-and-scripts

  • Here’s a thought: Given what we know about the FSB, it seems likely that the pair of individuals who fed Steele the fabricated “pee tape” story–which was Hoovered up so avidly by the DNC and upon which the entirety of the so-called Russiagate op was built–did so under direction in order to entirely fracture and hog-tie the top levels of the US, creating a gigantic geopolitical log jam for four years, which bought Russia and China more time to prepare for a softer collapse of the Empire as it enters the terminal stage of collapse.

  • The British media have fallen so low that if they carry on that way, they’re bound to find oil :o)

  • it makes one wonder what ‘kopromat’ cia/mi6 has on luke harding. my guess is child pornography.

  • Hmmm and of course Trump’s continual sanctions were just his way of saying “Thanks.” The absurdity of the Guardian as it promotes Wokism, defends Starmer, ignores Assange is just another sign that it is nothing less than an absurd ideological broadside rag. Its ONLY justification for existence is its position on climate.

  • That Interviewer who shot Harding down was Aaron Mate, now of GrayZone and Pushback, then of Realnews. That’s the first time I ever encountered Mate, and I was impressed.

  • Sorry, Cait, I can’t even read this one. He’s still doing Russiagate?

  • Caitlin,

    Of course, you are right to observe, once again, that none of the servants of the Empire (as opposed to legitimate journalists and truth tellers like yourself) are credible. But, then, as you know and constantly observe, that is true with all servants of the Empire. In a decent society, war criminals like Madeleine Albright would not be able to show their face in public for fear of verbal and physical attack. Yet the constant bombardment of propaganda keeps the people (well, most of them) in a state of such ignorance and misinformation that they don’t have any idea about the truth or what the U.S. government is doing. As a result, the Dems can successfully propagate the Russiagate lies endlessly and the Republicans can tell its tribe that the Dems are radical communists who want to turn all children into homosexuals and sell them as prostitutes. The complete laziness and ignorance of the American people makes it possible to perpetrate these frauds, to the delight and profit of both of the crime syndicates masquerading as political parties.

  • “Luke, we need a story to titillate our readers and push our sales figures up”
    “I don’t have anything Boss”
    “Well, just make up some more shit like you have before”
    “But Boss”
    “SHUT THE FUCK UP AND DO IT, OR ELSE!!!”
    “Squeak”

    • Harding doesn’t make up anything. He is there to parrot whatever propaganda the British intelligence services have made up.

  • so when the news…or rather the “future” news may contain something damning or something that may delegitimize the power, we leak some bullshit to some pansies( inauthentic liberals) proclaiming by decree that ” any future damning piece of news may have come from the devil himself and here is the proof in illiterate Russian” This is just too funny

  • Occasionally WSWS has an interesting bit of info, especially when they “don’t” do an article advancing the security state’s COVID narrative:

    “Minutes of Ministry of Defence (MoD) meetings have confirmed the role of Britain’s Guardian newspaper as a mouthpiece for the intelligence agencies.

    Last week, independent journalist Matt Kennard revealed that the paper’s deputy editor, Paul Johnson, was personally thanked by the Defence and Security Media Advisory Notice (or D-Notice) committee for integrating the Guardian into the operations of the security services.

    Minutes of a meeting in 2018 read: “The Chairman thanked Paul Johnson for his service to the Committee. Paul had joined the Committee in the wake of the Snowden affair and had been instrumental in re-establishing links with the Guardian.”
    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/22/guar-j22.html

  • More Deep State BS. We on the real left are not terrified of Trump because we not only believe in our policies but insist on their implementation. The Deep State and its minions, the Democratic Party and the corporate media are apparently terrified of Mr. Trump because, while they agree with most of his policies, he is a populist who managed to defeat them. The purportedly progressive policies promised by the Democratic Party have, since 1992, been manipulative BS.

  • The Guardian is the favoured news outlet of the British Intelligence Services, for information and disinformation. Not a lot of lefties know that.

    • Au contraire, mon ami. We all know it. In fact, I forwarded this article to Caitlin this morning, along with evidently a lot of other people, as soon as I saw it. I was in bed, on my phone, and jumped up and headed to my computer to email the link. Not that I thought Caity would miss it.

  • Parallels to
    Lisa Hilton documentary on King Charles and the early art of propaganda by John Pym regarding the Irish rebellion.

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