The Unravelling of “Russiagate”, Alias the Narrative on Russian Hacking of U.S. Election

A strategic priority is to circulate as widely as possible the recent memorandum by the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) which refutes the Russian “hacking” of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election and thereby discredits the main argument for the current witch-hunt against the Trump Administration as well as the drive for war.

Whatever one may think of Donald Trump personally and of his tweets, it is his intention to improve relations with Russia and with China, to bust up power clans in Washington and Wall Street, and to launch an infrastructure program, which have led to the unprecedented lock-step campaign against his presidency.

The memo released on July 24 by the VIPS concludes, using sophisticated forensic evidence, that there was no “Russian hacking” of the Democratic National Committee computers during last year’s election campaign. Despite the refusal of the mainstream media to report on such sensational news, the story began to come out after the campaign carried out by the LaRouche Political Action Committee.

A turning point was certainly the Aug. 9 publication in the respected magazine The Nation, of an article by Patrick Lawrence titled “A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack,” which calls for a complete investigation of the affair. The Nation is widely read in liberal, progressive layers in the United States.

Lawrence’s article has led to a flood of coverage of the VIPS memo in the “non-mainstream” media, including in pro-Trump outlets such as Breitbart News and Newsmax, “anti-establishment” online sources such as Consortium News, and even one mainstream news agency, Bloomberg News, along with dozens of blog entries, with hundreds of thousands of readers. The Bloomberg coverage is especially noteworthy, as on June 16, 2017, a Bloomberg Report had concluded that the Russians were “much more involved in the U.S. presidential election than previously reported.” On Aug. 10, however, the agency ran straight-forward coverage of the VIPS memo, which decisively refutes the conclusions drawn by their earlier “definitive” report.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) was compelled to release an absurdly weak “rebuttal”, claiming once again that the U.S. intelligence agencies support the hacking charge by the “Russian government” and any attempt to deny that is “just another conspiracy theory like those pushed by Trump and his administration.”

The LaRouchePAC had already released a short video report on the memo  on July 25, which was released in full on the same day in an interview with LaRouche spokesman Harley Schlanger posted on the SGT Report YouTube site, with more than 85,000 views. It was followed on July 29 by a LaRouchePAC interview with VIPS founder Ray McGovern, which preceded the much wider exposure in The Nation article.

Since then, as could be expected, the “deep state” has launched a campaign to try and discredit The Nation – for having dared call into question the narrative put out by the likes of John Brennan, James Comey, and other intelligence outlets.

Setting the record straight on this issue is key to reversing the coup aimed at preventing President Trump from establishing in-depth cooperation with Russia and China. Lyndon LaRouche has called for the coup against the Presidency to be stopped as a matter of national security, and the perpetrators prosecuted and imprisoned, or we face the prospect of nuclear war with Russia. This same conclusion is expressed in an Aug. 9 article in The Nation by Russia expert, Professor Stephen Cohen, who asks “what kind of Democratic Party has this one become, one whose Russiagate loathing for Trump and Putin far exceeds its concerns for American national security?”