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Washington plays spoiler during World Cup, ahead of Russia-US summit

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The Senate Intelligence Committee report, based on the findings of the FBI, CIA and NSA back in January 2017, can be summed up as follows: Putin ordered an “influence campaign” to “undermine public faith” in US democracy, and harm Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s “electability and potential presidency” because the Russian Government had a “clear preference” for Donald J. Trump.

In other words, we Americans are simply too dumb and ignorant to make political decisions on our own. And if somehow we find a particular candidate, like Hillary Clinton, for example, unappealing as presidential material, well, it must have been due to some Kremlin-bankrolled invasion of the mind snatchers cunningly placed in adverts over Facebook and Twitter.

Most of the coverage of Russian meddling involves their attempt to effect the outcome of the 2016 US election. I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal.

It is important to note that the bipartisan, GOP-led panel did not conclude that Trump had willfully colluded with the Russians to win the election, but rather that the Kremlin (with the alleged assistance of RT, which by the way, was mentioned heavily in the January 2017 report) had somehow managed to rig the entire US democratic system against Hillary Clinton. In other words, the story of Russian meddling, which has never been held up to serious scrutiny by the legacy media, has practically become holy gospel in legislative circles. That is a very worrisome development, between nuclear powers no less.

Judging by the serious nature of the charges being leveled against Russia one would hope to find a morsel of evidence to substantiate the claims. Yet, after perusing the document I was forced to share the same sentiments as Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, chair of the House Oversight Committee, who last month told Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein,........

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