I’ve got a few short items laying around and I decided to string them all togegether into one, in the debut of a new Washington Babylon feature called “Miscellenea: A journalist’s death; Washington Babylon‘s growing fame; the Democrats’ Russia connection.” Hold on, that title might change depending on the things we’re rounding up, but those are today’s items — and I expect we’ll have more on all of them in the days and weeks ahead.
First, I want to mark the passing — or assassination by car bomb, to more accurately put it — of Daphne Caruana Galizia. A journalist, Galizia was killed Monday in Malta after a long and distinguished career, including a role in breaking the Panama Papers scandal.
“My mother was assassinated because she stood between the rule of law and those who sought to violate it,” her son Matthew wrote. “This is what war looks like, and you need to know. We are a people at war against the state and organised crime, which have become indistinguishable.” To read more about this tragedy, click here.
Secondly, I’m glad to see that my article “Hack List 2017: The Drones of The Intercept,” has been very well received elsewhere in the media. My friend Jack Shafer, in one of the greatest tweets in history, tweeted this tweet as an introduction to the story: “In case you want to see @KenSilverstein1 kick @theintercept in the balls.”
I urge you all to follow Jack on Twitter, @jackshafer, but know going in this guy can’t be trusted and is liable to write shit about me at some point. Dismiss him in that case, he’s being a jerk.
In another highly flattering tweet about my story on The Intercept, though I’m not sure I was meant to be flattered, someone named Mr.
@FordneyEnergy applauded my story as the “Most vicious hit piece I have ever read.” To which I replied, if you can’t make it out in the blurry image below, “My God, thank you!!!!!!”
Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not note a new story in The Hill, “FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow.” It’s quite hilarious because, as I’ve noted for years, Hillary Clinton, who is discussed at some length is the story, had deep and longstanding ties to Russian interests, just like Donald Trump, but even more so.
Anyway, The Hill apparently has some stupid thingy in place that keeps me from cutting and pasting the top of its story so here’s a link to, and the top of, a summary in the New York Post, which is way better than The Boring Hill anyway:
It turns out the Obama administration knew the Russians were engaged in bribery, kickbacks and extortion in order to gain control of US atomic resources — yet still OK’d that 2010 deal to give Moscow control of one-fifth of America’s uranium. This reeks.
Peter Schweizer got onto part of the scandal in his 2015 book, “Clinton Cash”: the gifts of $145 million to the Clinton Foundation, and the $500,000 fee to Bill for a single speech, by individuals involved in a deal that required Hillary Clinton’s approval.
The New York Times confirmed and followed up on Schweizer’s reporting — all of it denounced by Hillary as a partisan hit job.
But now The Hill reports that the FBI in 2009 had collected substantial evidence — eyewitnesses backed by documents — of money-laundering, blackmail and bribery by Russian nuclear officials, all aimed at growing “Vladimir Putin’s atomic-energy business inside the United States” in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
The bureau even flagged the routing of millions from Russian nuclear officials to cutouts and on to Clinton, Inc.
Hillary Clinton, again, sat on a key government body that had to approve the deal — though she now claims she had no role in a deal with profound national security implications, and during the campaign called the payments a coincidence.
The Obama administration — anxious to “reset” US-Russian relations — kept it all under wraps, refusing to tell even top congressional intelligence figures.
And when the Obamaites in 2014 filed low-level criminal charges against a single individual over what the FBI found, they did so with little public fanfare.
“The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns,” one veteran of the case told The Hill.