Journalist Glenn Greenwald scolded the press in a withering article Sunday, writing that the indictment of a outstanding Democratic lawyer is an “indictment of the Russiagate Wing” of the American media.
Democratic lawyer Michael Sussmann was accused final week of mendacity to the FBI by the John Durham probe investigating the origins of the “fraudulent Russiagate story he helped propagate,” Greenwald wrote.
The indictment accused Sussmann of hiding the truth that he was working for the Hillary Clinton marketing campaign whereas pushing for an investigation into supposed ties between the Trump Group and Alfa Financial institution, by way of a pc server backchannel.
“Within the context of the 2016 election, during which the Clinton marketing campaign had elevated Trump’s alleged ties to the Kremlin to middle stage, this secret communication channel was peddled by Sussman — each to the FBI and to Clinton-friendly journalists — as smoking-gun proof of nefarious actions between Trump and the Russians,” Greenwald wrote in his Substack. “The FBI went on a wild goose chase to analyze Sussman’s conspiracy idea. However the Bureau rapidly concluded that there was no evidentiary foundation to imagine any of it.”
Greenwald, a longtime critic of the sprawling Russia probe and the media’s feverish promotion of it, then famous that whereas it’s been “lengthy been identified that the Trump/Alfa-Financial institution story was a fraud,” the story managed to assist form media protection of the 2016 election.
“Spurred on by Hillary Clinton herself, the liberal sector of the company media used this pretend declare to bolster their narrative that Trump and the Russians have been secretly in cahoots. And the story of how they unfold this disinformation entails not simply the potential criminality outlined on this indictment of Hillary’s lawyer however, much more critically, a rotted and deeply corrupted media,” he wrote.
“The indictment reveals for the primary time that the info used as the premise for this fraud was obtained by one other certainly one of Sussman’s hid shoppers, an ‘unnamed tech government’ who ‘exploited his entry to private knowledge at a number of web firms to conduct opposition analysis regarding Trump,’” he continued. “There’ll, presumably, be extra disclosures shortly about who this tech government was, which web firms had non-public knowledge that he accessed, and the way that was used to spin the net of this Alfa Financial institution fraud. However the image that emerges is already very damning — significantly of the Russiagate sector of the company press.”
Greenwald feels the position media performed “with the aim of manipulating the election final result” is troublesome to overstate, citing an Oct. 31, 2016, Slate piece written by Franklin Foer headlined, “Was a Trump Server Speaking With Russia?” as a outstanding instance.
“There was, evidently, no disclosure from Slate that it was Hillary’s personal lawyer — the now-indicted Michael Sussman — who was pushing this story and offering the info to help it,” Greenwald wrote.
Greenwald despatched a sequence of tweets to advertise his Substack entry concerning the “fraudulent Russiagate story,” together with a breakdown of a tweet despatched by then-candidate Clinton mere days earlier than the 2016 election that pushed the Slate story and declared Trump “has a secret server,” privately communicated with the Russian financial institution, shut down the server when a reporter requested about it and even created a brand new server every week later with a special title for a similar goal.
“All 4 statements from this Hillary tweet 8 days earlier than the election — all 4 — are full lies. This rip-off was cooked up by her personal marketing campaign operatives, then fed to her media servants who laundered it, as she pretended she realized it from them,” Greenwald tweeted.
“Journalists who lied most shamelessly and regularly in service of the CIA and DNC’s Russiagate narrative have been those most rewarded by the trade,” he added, with a hyperlink to an April story he wrote slamming CNN for hiring Natasha Bertrand from Politio after she pushed the Russiagate story for The Atlantic.
“Bertrand produced dozens of Russiagate articles for the location that have been so unhinged that they made Rachel Maddow look sober, cautious and dependable,” Greenwald wrote.
Fox Information’ Michael Lee contributed to this report.