As a doctoral candidate at Cambridge working under "FBI Informant" Stefan Halper, I had a front-row seat for Russiagate
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Mr. Schrage and to Matt. What happened to our country? When did second-rate, wanna-be hacks become central players in a coup attempt against a Democratically elected POTUS? How and why did our FBI and other alphabet agencies become so corrupt and biased? Better yet, who corrupted them and why?
And maybe the most profound question is where - aside from this site and very, very few others - has true journalism gone? Where has unbiased, apolitical, "just the facts ma'am", un-spun journalism gone?
As an American - not a Republican or Democrat - I beg you to keep digging at the truth and let's let Mother Justice decide.
I never expected a credible insider'd ever get to put their history of what-all happened as this debacle went down out for general viewing. Glad to see it getting aired!
Matt I hope you have a trustworthy, solid and capable network of supporters watching your back (front, sides, top and bottom)... I'll be looking forward to reading the next installments before 11/3/2020.
It sounds like the farcical nature of the original investigations and all subsequent investigations was an open secret. I thought that the Horowitz report was revealing but the reality is so much worse. Thank you for your commitment to the truth and to our Republic.
Thank you, Matt, for helping to bring the truth to this sordid affair. I found the article fascinating with details, etc as I have been following the story since 2017 when Mueller was appointed Special Counsel. You are a courageous journalist whom I greatly admire.
Thank you for this profoundly important article...disturbing as hell
I breathlessly await the Washington Post’s coverage of this development (actually, Erik Wemple might go there). The NY Times probably risks another Slack chat staff revolt if they threaten to pursue this.
I always thought there was some BS in Russiagate; would *you* plot with the Trump team in a way that needed to remain secret? But I’ve been stunned at how almost entirely made up it really is. Sadly, only Republicans will pursue further investigation. And after years and years of Whitewater, Benghazi, election fraud etc, it would be hard to blame any casual observer who thinks it’s just Republicans going after Democrats yet again
Just think what John Le Carre would do with this bunch of greedy bumbling idiots. And heh --how do you like Obama now? What a "piece of work" (nicest thing I could think of)
This information will disappear into a black hole. It will never be reported in any meaningful way by the media outlets of record.
Holy shit, Batman.
Amazing! It's like if you woke up one morning find all the pot holes magically filled. Hat tip
There are reasons to be suspicious and cautious of Schrage, because he is going public so late in the game and has old connections to Trump's Republican enemies. It's conceivable he could be attempting to misdirect ahead of some revelation. I've seen suggestions that he may want to help serve the FBI up as the scapegoat to take heat off the CIA and other intelligence services.
However, Matt Taibbi cut his teeth as a journalist in the hall of mirrors that was Russian politics and oligarch-owned media in the 1990s. He may literally be the one man in America most able see through the fog and get to the truth.
The sad truth is many Americans still believe Russiagate happened. As much I oppose T and his policies, it is evident that it was a plot to drive T from office and it failed. It will take either a tv series of a movie by Oliver Stone for people to be deprogrammed from the mass media lies on the left. But I will post this to the New Haven Green Party page for those who can handle the truth. Independent journalism is all we have left in this mad, death spiraling existence.
The disturbing implication is that Schrage felt he had to come forward now, because Durham is going to do nothing.
So if this is not to be an “October Surprise,” question - why now?
That is NOT to say, that the truth should not come out. The chips must fall where they may.
And for all the Trumpers in the comments, Trump is still not a good or competent person, even if he is a victim of Intelligence community set ups. His visibly harmful policies and actions, independent of these matters, define him.
Either way, I suspect this is validating to Aaron Mate, Glen Greenwald, Jimmy Dore, Matt Taibbi and others I am sure. And kudos to Matt for getting this out In the public for all to digest.
I suspect Rachel Maddow won’t be calling.
Matt, please translate this for us. This article is painful to read.
Alexander Downer, the guy who gave the “compelling” tip-off to start Crossfire hurricane investigation , is an all-round POS. He’s the closest thing to an Aussie Dick Cheney.
When he was foreign minister, he had the East Timor PM’s office bugged so that Australia gained an unfair advantage during marine boundary treaty negotiations for oil and gas fields in Timor sea https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia%E2%80%93East_Timor_spying_scandal
This treaty benefited an oil exploration company called Woodside Energy, of which Downer became a consultant as soon as he was thrown out of office.
Oh .. and he also became director of the Australian subsidiary of Huawei 🤡and is on the Advisory Board of British strategic intelligence and advisory firm Hakluyt & Company 🤣