'Beyond Putin's wildest dreams': Kremlin's backing of Trump had goal to 'alter mass consciousness in certain groups'
A leaked document obtained by the Guardian indicates that the Kremlin ordered its spying agencies to back Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election.
During a closed January 22, 2016 national security session in Russia, according to the document, Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a spying agency to back the "mentally unstable" Trump for president of the United States.
Exclusive: Leaked Putin papers appear to show #Russia\u2019s plot to put a \u201cmentally unstable\u201d Donald Trump into the White House \u2013 my story with @julianborger in Washington and @dansabbagh in Londonhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/15/kremlin-papers-appear-to-show-putins-plot-to-put-trump-in-white-house\u00a0\u2026— Luke Harding (@Luke Harding) 1626343376
The document reads, "It is acutely necessary to use all possible force to facilitate his election to the post of U.S. president."
According to Guardian reporters Luke Harding, Julian Borger and Dan Sabbagh, "The key meeting took place on 22 January 2016, the papers suggest, with the Russian president, his spy chiefs and senior ministers all present. They agreed a Trump White House would help secure Moscow's strategic objectives, among them 'social turmoil' in the U.S. and a weakening of the American president's negotiating position. Russia's three spy agencies were ordered to find practical ways to support Trump, in a decree appearing to bear Putin's signature."
Never Trump conservative George Conway tweeted:
So the @guardian is reporting that, according to Kremlin documents found to be genuine by Western intelligence agencies, in 2016 the Russians believed Trump was "mentally unstable," that they had kompromat on him, and that his election would lead to "social turmoil" in the U.S.https://twitter.com/lukeharding1968/status/1415612838882721794\u00a0\u2026— George Conway (@George Conway) 1626345022
Here are some reactions to the Guardian's reporting.
I can\u2019t say anything in that article surprises me but I am concerned that we may soon see someone falling from an open window.— leslie andrews (@leslie andrews) 1626344096
"There are paragraphs on how Russia might insert 'media viruses' into American public life, which could become self-sustaining and self-replicating. These would alter mass consciousness, especially in certain groups, it says."— Donna Benenson (@Donna Benenson) 1626344303
The problem now is that there are too many people in the US Congress and around the country that are unwilling to confront the truth about Trump.— Terry Banet (@Terry Banet) 1626345561
Which of course was all true and the plan worked beyond Putin's wildest dreams. So, now what?— Mary J Hart (@Mary J Hart) 1626345585
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