You may recall seeing Clint Watts testify before Congress, perhaps on the way in which Russian disinformation during the election campaign was further magnified by Trump’s reamplification. Clint is an American counter-terrorist expert, something of a real world Jack Bauer. You might consider following him on Twitter @selectedwisdom to see what I mean. Not long ago, he tweeted that, if you want to know what is going on, you should follow the Russian dead bodies – that is to say, pay attention to the apparent victims of Putin, or Russian mob, ordered hits. Today he provided a link to the following BuzzFeed article, “From Russia with Blood“, by Heidi Blake, Tom Warren, Richard Holmes, Jason Leopold, Jane Bradley, and Alex Campbell.
Here’s their lead: “For the British fixer Scot Young, working for Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critic meant stunning perks – but also constant danger. His gruesome death is one of 14 that US spy agencies have linked to Russia – but the UK police shut down every last case. A bombshell cache of documents today reveals the full story of a ring of death on British soil that the government has ignored.” Steel yourself and read the full article, but I can give you a quick and dirty. In the upper echelons of Russian oligarchs, there is little or no distinction between Putin, Russian leadership, Russian ollgarchs, Russia’s secret service, and Russian organized crime. Deal with them at the hazard of your life.
And consider Andras Gollner’s article on the Budapest connections indicative of direct connections between Trump and the Russian secret service. See Andras Gollner Exposes Trump. Take a look at Judith Kaufman’s chart of connections and follow Judith on Twitter at @judesterworld.
Finally, consider the fact that Trump colluded with Putin to win the election and has been insistent that sanctions on Russia be removed and relations normalized. Indeed, he has gone so far as to praise Putin’s leadership and obstruct efforts to investigate the Russian meddling.
Do your own research. Russia and the United States are now led by two billionaire oligarchs who are neck deep in webs of organized crime and the associated thuggery.