Greenwald Goes Ballistic On Politico “Theory” Guardian’s Assange-Manafort Story Was Planted By Russians


29-11-18 05:12:00,

After The Guardian attempted to shovel what appears to be a wholly fabricated story down our throats that Trump campaign manager met with Julian Assange at the London Embassy – Politico allowed an ex-CIA agent to use their platform to come up with a ham-handed cover story ever; Russia tricked The Guardian into publishing the Manafort-Assange propaganda. 

To that end, The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald (formerly of The Guardian) ripped Politico an entirely new oriface in a six-part Twitter dress down. 

1/ Why do attacks on the US media – calling it “Fake News” – resonate so widely? Because of utterly fabricated and reckless articles like this one from @politico, by a former *CIA officer allowed to write under a “pen name”*. The whole thing is a fraud:

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 28, 2018

2/ The only point of the article is to *invent out of whole cloth* a wild conspiracy theory: that perhaps Russia-controlled operatives caused the @Guardian to publish a false story – its viral Assange/Manafort story – in order to discredit Luke Harding for his Russia reporting.

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 28, 2018

3/ The whole conspiracy theory is made up with no evidence. Worse, it relies on blatant fabrications, such as the one highlighted here. Everyone knows I didn’t work with WL to report the Snowden story. It’s a lie. But US media outlets are *willing to lie if the targets are right*

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 28, 2018

4/ POLITICO also allowed this ex-CIA agent’s to falsely claim that the only people raising doubts about the Guardian’s story are people who are part of “Russia’s disinformation network.” In fact, as @Emptywheel noted, a wide range of people raised doubts about the story. Compare:

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 28, 2018

5/ The US media has only itself to blame for the attacks on it. If you are willing to outright lie like this when it advances your narrative,

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