Russian president says he ‘couldn’t care less’ if his citizens involved in efforts to influence 2016 vote, insists actions cannot be tied to Kremlin
ed note–an extremely important statement in terms of what it portends both on the surface and in its various implicit substrata.
Russia has LITERALLY hundreds of different ‘minorities’ and is–by virtue of the vast numbers of various religions, sects, ethnic groups, etc–considered the most diverse and eclectic political entity in the world. The fact that Putin (yes, the same Putin whom certain ‘experts’ in the 9/11 ‘truth movement’ assert with dogmatic rigidity is ‘owned by the Jews’) seemed to have singled out one group in particular was not done just for reasons rooted in casual conversation. In much the same way that Trump was speaking in code about the ‘dancing Muslims’ in New Jersey on the morning of 9/11, likewise, Putin was letting the JMSM in America know that the dirt that he and his intelligence services have on this particular group of troublemakers is considerable and that if they really do want to fight dirty that so can he if and when push comes to shove.
Doubtless however (and equally sad and tragic) this latest piece of news, rather than it being analyzed and understood in its proper context, will be used as prima facie evidence in bolstering the bird-brained assertion on the part of too many that the same ‘Jews’ who are being referenced by Putin were/are the same ‘Jews’ who ‘got Trump elected’, despite what has been an historically-unprecedented amount of screeching and shrieking on the part of Judea Inc, first in trying to prevent Trump’s election and now in trying to undermine his efforts and bring him down.
Times of Israel
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with the NBC network over the weekend that Russians who sought to influence the results of the 2016 presidential elections could have been “Jews, but with Russian citizenship.”
In the interview, a full transcript of which was released by the Kremlin on Saturday, the Russia president said “I do not care at all, because they do not represent the government.
“Maybe they are not even Russians but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked; maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card; maybe the US paid them for this. How can you know that? I do not know either,” he said.
Putin insisted such efforts could not be tied to the Kremlin.
“Why have you decided the Russian authorities, myself included, gave anybody permission to do this?” Putin asked in the often-combative interview.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a wide-ranging investigation to determine whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow to help elect him.
Last month Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies for allegedly backing Trump’s campaign, maligning his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and engaging in other election interference.
“So what if they’re Russians?” Putin said of the allegations.
“There are 146 million Russians. So what?… I don’t care. I couldn’t care less… They do not represent the interests of the Russian state.”
Mueller issued a 37-page indictment against the Russians but Putin indicated he has seen no evidence thus far that the alleged meddling broke any US law.
“Are we the ones who imposed sanctions on the United States? The US imposed sanctions on us,” he said.
“We in Russia cannot prosecute anyone as long as they have not violated Russian law… At least send us a piece of paper… Give us a document. Give us an official request. And we’ll take a look at it.”
America’s leading intelligence agencies concluded last year that Putin himself had directed a broad intelligence effort to influence the US election to undermine Clinton’s campaign and boost Trump’s chances, but Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Moscow.
The Russian leader also rejected those assessments.
“Could anyone really believe that Russia, thousands of miles away… influenced the outcome of the election? Doesn’t that sound ridiculous even to you?” Putin asked.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, when he announced the Russian indictment, said it made no judgment on whether the alleged Russian propaganda campaign altered the outcome of the election which Trump won.
“It’s not our goal to interfere. We do not see what goal we would accomplish by interfering. There’s no goal,” Putin said.
Trump himself has repeatedly shied away from condemning Russia over the alleged meddling.
US intelligence chiefs last month said Russian attempts to meddle in US politics are continuing unabated — and pose a threat to mid-term congressional elections in November.