16 October 2020
Cogito Ergo Non Serviam
Former Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, is one of the president's personal lawyers. As such, he has access to information and people of interest to foreign governments, especially Russia's. So, it came as no surprise that the Russian FSB has targeted him for influencing, using him as a conduit for disinformaiton [dezinformatsiya]. Attorney General William P. Barr, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and White Counsel Pat Cipollone all knew of this back in December 2019, according to the Washington Post. The paper also says that they briefed the president, who responded, "That's Rudy." Mr. Trump remains a clear and present danger to American national security.
Mr Giuliani has been the point person in trying to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, who will probably defeat the president in the general election in a landslide. The desperate hope of the right is that Mr. Biden can be muddied up enough to drive down the anti-Trump vote. One of the avenues to do that was to tarnish the former vice-president's son, Hunter Biden. Focusing on his time as a board member of Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company, the hope was to find illegal activity and corruption that could extend to the Democratic nominee.
Feeding Mr. Giuliani the alleged facts in the case is Andrii Derkach, a Ukrainian politician of pro-Moscow leanings. Mr. Derkach's father Leonid was the director of the Security Service of Ukraine; before the USSR went out of business, he was a KGB officer in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. The younger Mr. Derkach seems to have worked under this father there, and after serving in the Strategic Missile Forces of the USSR, he got a PhD in law from the Academy of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation. That used to be the Dzerzhinsky Higher School of the KGB. So, if Mr. Derkach isn't a Chekist, he can probably play on TV without a script.
This journal is not alone in this assessment. The US Treasury agrees, having sanctioned him “Treasury designated Andrii Derkach (Derkach) [emphasis in original] pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13848 for his efforts to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Derkach, a Member of the Ukrainian Parliament, has been an active Russian agent for over a decade, maintaining close connections with the Russian Intelligence Services . . . .
"From at least late 2019 through mid-2020, Derkach waged a covert influence campaign centered on cultivating false and unsubstantiated narratives concerning U.S. officials in the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election, spurring corruption investigations in both Ukraine and the United States designed to culminate prior to election day. Derkach's unsubstantiated narratives were pushed in Western media through coverage of press conferences and other news events, including interviews and statements."
The Washington Post stated, "Giuliani was interested in acquiring information from his foreign contacts about Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company where Hunter Biden held a board seat, as well as Biden's activities in Ukraine, China and Romania, two former officials said. Giuliani's eagerness was so pronounced 'that everybody [in the intelligence community who knew about it] was talking about how hard it was going to be to try to get him to stop, to take seriously the idea that he was being used as a conduit for misinformation,' one former official said."
In other words, a likely Chekist has managed to feed one of the president's lawyer false information about a rival's son, and the president has decided that he is more interested in being able to use that information than he is in sealing up a security problem.
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