Carter Page

Remember Hanoi Jane? Meet Putin’s Page

Jane Fonda famously visited North Vietnamese soldiers during the Viet Nam War. She was reported to have called returning POW’s “liars and hypocrites.”   Read the transcript of her propaganda radio broadcast delivered in Hanoi, North Vietnam on August 22, 1972. She was described as “aiding and abetting” the enemy.  As a result of her actions, she came to be called Hanoi Jane.

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HANOI July 1972 – Jane Fonda on North Vietnamese ant-aircraft gun.

Carter Page is a former foreign policy adviser to US President-elect Donald Trump during his campaign. He was the Trump campaign’s representative to the Party Platform Committee. He insured the platform would not include arming the Ukraine. This was the only major revision to the platform.

Previously Page worked in Merrill Lynch’s Moscow office for many years and he has personal investments in Gazprom, a Russian state oil conglomerate. He told Bloomberg his investments have been hurt by the sanctions policy against Russia over Ukraine.

Michael Isikoff, the Chief Investigative Correspondent for Yahoo Newsreported on September 23rd that a “western intelligence source” said Carter Page met over the summer with two top Putin aides: Igor Ivanovich Sechin and Igor Diveykin.

Igor Sechin is known as Putin’s shadow. The “western intelligence source” said in the meeting between Sechin and Page, Sechin “raised the issue of the lifting of sanctions.” Diveykin is a former Russian security official who now serves as deputy chief for internal policy and “is believed by U.S. officials to have responsibility for intelligence collected by Russian agencies about the U.S. election, the western intelligence source said.”

After news of this meeting broke, Page was dropped from the Trump team. He denies having any meetings with Sechin or Diveykin. Page gave a speech in Moscow on December 12th, 2016, titled ‘Departing from hypocrisy: potential strategies in the era of global economic stagnation, security threats and fake news.’ It was covered by Sputnik and RT, Russia’s state-funded news organizations.

In their detailed essay “Trolling for Trump: How Russia is trying to Destroy our Democracy,” Andrew Weisburd, Clint Watts, and JM Berger describe how RT and Sputnik are used now.

Russian active measures use a blend of overt and covert channels to distribute political, financial, social, and calamitous messages (see above). During the Soviet era, “white” active measures were overt information outlets directly attributable to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Today, RT and Sputnik push Kremlin-approved English-language news on television and the Internet. These outlets broadcast a mix of true information (the vast majority of content), manipulated or skewed stories, and strategically chosen falsehoods. RT’s slogan, “Question More,” aptly fits their reporting style — seeding ideas of conspiracy or wrongdoing without actually proving anything.

After Page’s presentation, Richard Engel of NBCNews succinctly summarized his remarks and asked him the most apposite question.  In his reply, Page adopts the RT reporting style and content.  The exchange can be found 35 minutes and 40 seconds in to the video below.

December 12th, 2016 (35:40)
Richard Engel: Richard Engel from NBC News. You said that the world should focus on business and should leave Russian alone. What do you make of the accusations from the CIA that it was Russia that intervened to help Donald Trump win the election?

Carter Page: You know. My uh personal view is um it almost borders on the fake news category where you know I think similar from a reporting sense um. You really need to show core evidence and I think you know I certainly although there is a lot of circumstantial um you know purported evidence that may or may not actually be out there evidence there is nothing hard that really pointed in that direction and its you know the security experts having worked in the pentagon knowing a lot of people both from a technology standpoint and also from a national security standpoint in discussing these issues with them you know it is very easy to make it look exactly like it was country X in this case Russia that did this. But um I think that is very much overestimated and personally I think that until there is serious evidence, you know it is very similar to what I have personally been through. A lot of speculation but nothing there.

Richard Engel: Are saying it was a set up? A deliberate attempt to make it look like Russia?

Carter Page: I think it very well could have been. Certainly You know and I have talked with various IT experts that have suggested you know that that could very well have been a serious possibility. And you know, these guys are pros to make certain paths that can mislead and again we have seen many mistakes from an intelligence standpoint previously. And I think you know it is another reason why I am really excited for a, although I want to not be directly involved in the Washington septic tank, You know I am excited about some of the positive changes that are, or the inclinations that are there to not jump to quickly to start a world class confrontation over something that is not proven. You don’t have to look back more than you know over the course of the last few decades to certainly see examples of that so um.

The evidence Russia is responsible for interfering in the U. S. election is described in detail in Malcolm Nance’s book, The Plot to Hack America.   It was published on September 20th.  It is also described in comprehensive investigations by at least two news organizations: The New York Times and War on the Rocks.  The evidence is also summarized briefly by ABCnews and the other major news organization.  The evidence was even independently verified by Fox News.  This issue was never in question in the intelligence community.  Since the joint statement on October 7th, the CIA and the FBI have agreed: the Russian government was responsible for the hacking of the computer system of the Democratic National Committee.      

Page says he personally believes the finding in the joint statement from the U.S. intelligence community on October 7th borders on “fake news.” He describes the members of the intelligence community the way Jane Fonda referred to our returning POW’s: as “liars and hypocrites.” Like Donald Trump, Page suggests anyone could have hacked the emails.  Unless you have hard evidence, he suggests you should not make such consequential claims.   Then this former investment banker from Merrill Lynch proceeds to reject the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community without offering any evidence at all.  He does not consider any of the evidence that has been offered. He does not even acknowledge this evidence exists.  He says he has talked to some “IT experts” and he just — questions more.  He has the RT approach down.  Sounds like he is now a faithful subscriber.

Jane Fonda sat on an anti-aircraft gun, the weapon used to shoot down American jet fighters.  Page’s presentation was covered by RT, one of the weapons Russia used as part of its comprehensive counterintelligence program to influence the U. S. election.

The evidence we now have forces us to consider whether Page is in the process of “aiding and abetting” Russia in its effort to use cyberwarfare to undermine our democracy?  Have his personal business interests led him to become a traitor to his country?  Is he really Putin’s Page?

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