The Kremlin-White House Lie Machine Spins Out of Control

Moving on from DNC staffer Seth Rich, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is the next victim

In my last column, I explained how the Trump administration is trying to distract the public from increasingly serious investigations of the president’s ties with Moscow by disseminating lies – particularly about Seth Rich, the murdered Democratic National Committee staffer. According to the White House, with help from its media allies such as Fox News, Rich – not Russian spies – was the “real” source of Hillary Clinton’s emails which were leaked last summer.

That none of this is true hasn’t stopped this narrative from gaining traction among Trump supporters. The president himself allegedly had a hand in crafting the noxious lies about Seth Rich which were broadcast by Sean Hannity, a friend of Trump’s, on Fox News back in May – only to be quickly recanted by the network for their transparent falsehood.

However, close examination of the Seth Rich Active Measure (to use the proper espionage term) reveals Russia’s deep involvement in this White House-backed fabrication. This sordid saga commenced on July 16 of last year, less than a week after Seth Rich was murdered by an unknown gunman late at night on the streets of our nation’s capital.

Just six days after the killing of the 27-year-old DNC staffer, a remarkable story appeared on a shadowy conspiracy website called Sorcha Faal, which regularly posts flagrant lies from a Russian viewpoint. Among its other 2016 “scoops,” Sorcha Faal spread the story that two U.S. Marine helicopters had been shot down by Turkey, killing 12 Americans – which never happened, yet which got picked up by Russia’s mainstream media.

Its coverage of the Rich murder was even more inventive. According to Sorcha Faal, the young man had been assassinated by a Clintonian “hit team” – which a few days later was captured “after a running gun battle with U.S. federal police forces just blocks from the White House.” In this sensational telling, Rich was lured to his death by Hillary’s assassins, who posed as FBI agents to gain the DNC employee’s trust. As the source of the stolen emails, Rich had to be liquidated to protect the Democratic presidential nominee and her family – which, Sorcha Faal reported, has been behind numerous murders.

Read the rest at The Observer …