Propaganda designed to get a war going with Russia has never been more transparent.
Consider this headline today at The Sun: “VLAD’S ARMY Russian hackers were behind massive British Airways data theft that forced thousands of Brits to cancel their bank cards, experts claim.”
The Sun and other propaganda conduits realize many people simply scan headlines and don’t read the article, or at best scan it.
If you read the article, it is obvious there isn’t a connection to Vladimir Putin. The culprits appear to be Russian hackers connected to a criminal organization.
But this fact has not dissuaded Britain and the United States from claiming—as usual, without evidence—that Putin’s hackers are determined to destroy democracy, although the logic behind this assertion is never fully explained.
Near the end of the article, The Sun quotes Anthony Glees, of the University of Buckingham. “We know, or we believe we know, that Russia has every interest in fomenting chaos in the UK and other western states. A collapse in online commerce would be devastating especially when we have Brexit to contend with.”
Glees believes the Russian government is responsible. He has no definitive evidence Putin is behind the theft of credit card data at British Airways. Mr. Glees is more interested in trashing Russia than discovering the identity of the actual perpetrators.
British counterterrorism police said at a news conference that they had pored through thousands of hours of security-camera footage, cross-referenced the results with passport data, and on May 2, identified a shabby hotel in East London where the men had stayed. Finally, in a needle-in-a-haystack moment, two swabs taken from the suspects’ hotel were found to contain traces of the nerve agent.
Nerve agent scientists say Novichok probably does not exist. This conclusion was also reached by scientists at the UK’s Porton Down chemical weapons lab. In 2016, Dr. Robin Black, Head of the Detection Laboratory at Porton Down, said information “on these compounds has been sparse in the public domain, mostly originating from a dissident Russian military chemist, Vil Mirzayanov. No independent confirmation of the structures or the properties of such compounds has been published.”
In other words, the British government is lying.
The UK currently leads the effort to turn Russia into a pariah state. The most recent staged event: accusing two Russian tourists of poisoning the ex-Soviet double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The UK has also blamed Putin and the Russians for the deadly poisoning of Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley. According to the UK government, Rowley became sick after handling a perfume bottle at his home.
The UK insists a perfume bottle was was found in Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov’s luggage and it contains traces of Novichok.
Earlier this month Jeremy Fleming, the director of the UK’s cyber intelligence agency, said the manufactured threat from Russia according to GCHQ is real and “active.”
GCHQ, short for Government Communications Headquarters, works in tandem on global surveillance with the National Security Agency in the United States.
Fleming warned the unproven accusations against Russia “will be countered by a strong international partnership of allies. Able to deploy the full range of tools from across our national security apparatus.”
It has been more than obvious for some time now the US and the UK are looking for an excuse to crank up hostilities against Russia. The effort went into overdrive after the spoil sport Hillary Clinton lost the election and said the Russians were responsible.
Clinton and the DNC didn’t need to provide evidence the Russians in fact are responsible for stealing credit card numbers, hacking election servers, and plan to launch a genocidal offensive in Idlib, Syria.
This paucity of evidence, however, is irrelevant. The establishment media has basically convinced the American people Russia is a dangerous rouge nation determined to smash democracy.