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I try to keep a certain distance from the anti-Trump circus. But I do want to put some thoughts on record, given the obsession with Trump’s Russia connection and what I see is a determined effort to minimize the British/NATO angle in the attack on Trump.

My personal feeling is that there are significant swaths of the European establishment that derive their mission and meaning from serving as allies to the United States in an anti-Trump effort: the British government and intelligence services, NATO, various right-leaning European governments, their think tanks, in other words, the Atlanticists.

They didn’t like Trump because he was more interested in dealing directly and positively with Russia on matters of US strategic concern in the Middle East and Asia and much less interested in perfecting the Atlanticist Euro-centric anti-Russian containment/deterrence apparatus and backing crazy EU/NATO expansion stunts like the Ukraine operation.

Perhaps similar to Trump’s interest in dealing with China instead of doing pivot. Difference is, Atlanticist lobby is much more entrenched in Washington, the NATO alliance is miles ahead of the “box of sand” Asian containment network, and Great Britain is America’s primary intelligence partner.

So I think people over the pond, particularly in Europe, were interested in feeding documentation on Trump’s murky Russia connections to his opponents, and especially on behalf of Hillary Clinton, who is very much an Atlanticist fave. Effort was pretty low key at first because nobody expected Trump to get anywhere, but things picked up when he got the nomination, and then shifted into apesh*t crazytime when he got the presidency.

The British link is there for all to see in the notorious Steele dossier. What people don’t want to see is the inference that Steele was either getting dirt from MI5/GCHQ or is simply a cut-out for a British effort.

I should say the possibility that the UK intelligence service may have been deeply involved in preparing the brief against Trump does not elicit an urge from me to spontaneously genuflect concerning the accuracy of the evidence. I daresay psyops—packaging and releasing selective intel and innuendo at opportune times through deniable channels for maximum effect–is a core mission of British spookdom, as is making up utter crap, like the notorious “dodgy dossier” on Saddam Hussein.

An interesting datapoint is the Guardian leg-humping a story about Michael Flynn having conversations with a Russian-English historian causing “concern” to “US and UK officials”. The only useful conclusion from this farrago, as far as I can tell, is that a) investigating Things Flynn was an official US-UK joint and not just Christopher Steele lunching Russian emigres in Grosvenor Square and b) the UK press is doing a similar tag teaming with US media to sell Trump/Russia like it pitched in with the US to sell Saddam/Iraq.

And the Guardian is doing it this time! You’ve come a long way, baby!

The mega-uproar over the “GCHQ tapped Trump” story was, to me, quite interesting, for the massive full-court pushback it elicited and the grudging backdown from the Trump administration.

If the story proved out true, it would be a disaster for the UK.

On the institutional level, confirmation that US investigatory and intel outfits resorted to GCHQ to, shall we say, supplement collection related to US citizens and *ahem* circumvent US laws would lead to demands for that bane of all spook prerogatives, oversight and perhaps a committee to review requests for intel exchange between the US and GCHQ before they happened (I recall reading that currently the NSA can reach into Five Eyes servers and pull out whatever it wants whenever it wants; it would be fun to find out in open testimony if that actually happens!).

On the political level, it would be hard to escape the imputation that Great Britain was conducting politically-motivated collection/querying/handover of intel concerning disfavored US politicians and officials, and that the English bulldog was INTERFERING IN AMERICA’S SACRED ELECTIONS, you know, like a certain country, name begins with R ends with A led by a guy name begins with P ends with N is allegedly doing.

It would be interesting to see how the public relations fracas on terms of “Putin trolls pushed fake news on Facebook” vs. “GCHQ pushed fake news into the FBI” would play.

GCHQ/MI5’s powerful capabilities and their slavish eagerness to put them at the service of the US are the glittering jewels in the tattered collar of the British poodle. If GCHQ becomes a “normal” intelligence interlocutor of the US—with the added stigma of having engaged in politicized active measures on behalf of US factions—then the UK risks dropping to parity with *gasp* Germany as another arm’s length partner.

Fox’s alacrity in yanking some guy called “Judge Nap” for publicizing the GCHQ surveillance allegations was interesting. You might expect Fox would be keen to push this rather provocative and open-ended talking point to provide some aid and comfort to Trump and ride a ratings-boosting angle. But Fox shut Nap down!

Wonder if Rupert Murdoch got the call from the UK government that any encouragement of this kind of tittle-tattle would call down the wrath of the British government on Rupert’s extensive media holdings in Britain.

Well, with Judge Nap in the cooler, I doubt any other Fox commentators will be too interested in pursuing that allegation.

And maybe the US intel community told Trump he’d be gone in a heartbeat if he threatened to compromise the US-GB special spook relationship to save his skin. So he backed off.

If Trump falls on his ass I expect that will provide the political cover for some discrete “now it can be told” bragging about how the Atlanticist band of brothers joined hands to defeat the Russian menace. If Trump hangs on, it just goes into the secret museum of US-UK ratf*cking operations.

(Republished from China Matters by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Donald Trump, GCHQ, Judge Nap 
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  1. Heh. A well-written piece, and makes sense too…

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    My thoughts, exactly. This article was fun to read and all the facts line up to make it quite plausible.
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  2. Kiza says:

    And what a rich museum that is.

    At the time when Steele report came out I summarised it with “UK Deep State too keen to assist the US Deep State“, which would be a nice, short summary of this Peter’s article. This is especially because BBC has simultaneously launched into its standard “utter crap” promotional mode. Claims that Steele was an ex-intelligence solo contributor to the US elections was as believable as Saddam launching an attack on Britain in 45 minutes.

    You got to give it to the Brits – nobody in the World generates “utter crap” more willingly than they do. Perhaps that is the only capability which remains after such a large empire is gone.

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  3. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    This article must have been put to bed prior to the news that Napolitano got re-instated. And I hear that he stands by his story. Nevertheless a good article. Rooshia remains the second greatest nuclear power on earth with over 7 thousand nuclear tipped missiles left over from the Cold War. Some may still have our name on ‘em. Schumer, the WaPo and PMSNBC should be reminded of this before going off on Putin–and Trump.

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  4. Svigor says:

    And the Guardian is doing it this time! You’ve come a long way, baby!

    It’s beautiful to watch the left expose their phoniness in such an obvious way. Bark for the CIA, Guardian (and the rest of Big Media)! Roll over! Play dead! Gooood boys!

    Remember, these people supposedly despise the National Security Apparatuses of the west; they’re the ones who killed babies in Vietnam and bumfuckistan and sell drugs to black people!

    The mega-uproar over the “GCHQ tapped Trump” story was, to me, quite interesting, for the massive full-court pushback it elicited and the grudging backdown from the Trump administration.

    It is pretty interesting. Trump’s backdown stinks of quid pro quo. What did the Brits offer in return? Absent such, what motivated Trump’s apology?

    On the political level, it would be hard to escape the imputation that Great Britain was conducting politically-motivated collection/querying/handover of intel concerning disfavored US politicians and officials, and that the English bulldog was INTERFERING IN AMERICA’S SACRED ELECTIONS, you know, like a certain country, name begins with R ends with A led by a guy name begins with P ends with N is allegedly doing.

    Not only that, but it would show immense stupidity at the highest levels of British gov’t; “oh, yes, let’s do railroad the man who might be a few months from the US presidency, there’s a capital idea.”

    And maybe the US intel community told Trump he’d be gone in a heartbeat if he threatened to compromise the US-GB special spook relationship to save his skin. So he backed off.

    Nah. If they had that kind of leverage, they’d have used it already. Trump is holding all the cards over the “American” National Security Apparatus. On the other hand, he does seem curiously reluctant to use them, but there are many explanations for that (though few of them good).

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  5. Svigor says:

    Anyone else wonder if Trump’s North Korea rumblings are designed to call the Neokahns’ bluff? Neokahns always include the norks on their enemies list to maintain plausibility, but they have something like zero interest in actually doing anything about them; too far from Israel to matter (TFFITM). But if Trump is always playing the Norks up as the main enemy, that could suck a lot of the air out of the Neokahn room. Could have plenty of diplomatic uses vis-a-vis China too, of course.

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    The story of North Korea is simply an attempt of the US to open a Second Front against Russia and China, right on their Eastern borders.
  6. Kiza says:
    @Svigor
    Anyone else wonder if Trump's North Korea rumblings are designed to call the Neokahns' bluff? Neokahns always include the norks on their enemies list to maintain plausibility, but they have something like zero interest in actually doing anything about them; too far from Israel to matter (TFFITM). But if Trump is always playing the Norks up as the main enemy, that could suck a lot of the air out of the Neokahn room. Could have plenty of diplomatic uses vis-a-vis China too, of course.

    The story of North Korea is simply an attempt of the US to open a Second Front against Russia and China, right on their Eastern borders.

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  7. JL says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji
    Heh. A well-written piece, and makes sense too...

    My thoughts, exactly. This article was fun to read and all the facts line up to make it quite plausible.

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  8. A *short* article by Peter Lee. Yay!

    Fox’s alacrity in yanking some guy called “Judge Nap”
    Bwahahaha. Judge Nap is back on, no?

    Things we wish our heroic POTUS would say:
    I am not a pacifist. But I am not an Atlanticist either.

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  9. @JL
    My thoughts, exactly. This article was fun to read and all the facts line up to make it quite plausible.

    Only thing missing is 007.

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  10. Did those nasty Brits snuff our dear Princess? Just how far will these cheeky boys go?
    Last week,just killing time,I watched a few of those Paul Is Dead videos. That is some weird stuff.
    You begin to believe Paul did die back in 66. Point? In one of the videos they mentioned MI5 having a stake in keeping the Beatles going,thus sticking Billy Campbell,the Paul dead ringer (no pun intended) into the group.
    What’s funny is they talked about the GCHQ boys as being behind all that. I had never heard of this group until Trump of course,but it’s funny they got a lot of attention from whacked out teenagers in the 70s.
    Was Bond a member? (James,not Julian).

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