Brandon Martinez / Non-Aligned Media
Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort has been exposed in a new report as the stooge of Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska.
The revelations show that about a decade ago Manafort was hired by the Russian oligarch to spearhead a strategy to undermine Putin’s opponents in Eastern Europe, and run a pro-Putin PR campaign in the West.
Breaking the story for Associated Press, Jeff Horowitz and Chad Day revealed:
President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.
Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. Manafort pitched the plans to Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally with whom Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006, according to interviews with several people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP. Manafort and Deripaska maintained a business relationship until at least 2009, according to one person familiar with the work.
“We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success,” Manafort wrote in the 2005 memo to Deripaska. The effort, Manafort wrote, “will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government.”
Manafort’s plans were laid out in documents obtained by the AP that included strategy memoranda and records showing international wire transfers for millions of dollars. How much work Manafort performed under the contract was unclear.
The report describes Deripaska as a “permanent fixture” of Putin’s inner circle, advising the Russian president and accompanying him on trips abroad.
Manafort caught headlines a few days earlier when a Ukrainian politician produced documents purporting to show that Manafort hid a $750,000 payment he received as part of his work for Viktor Yanukovych, the former prime minister of Ukraine ousted in 2014 who sought refuge in Russia.
On that matter, BBC reported:
Further allegations have been made in Ukraine about secret funds said to have been paid to Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko said he had evidence that Mr Manafort had tried to hide a payment of $750,000 (£600,800) from a pro-Russian party in 2009.
Mr Manafort was an adviser to Ukraine’s pro-Russian ex-President Viktor Yanukovych.
He denies receiving payments, and his spokesman called the claim “baseless”.
Mr Leshchenko said the documents were signed by Mr Manafort and were found in his former office in Ukraine by its new tenant, along with other papers.
The documents showed a $750,000 payment for 501 computers to a company called David Manafort, from a Belize-registered offshore company, through a bank in Kyrgyzstan.
Mr Leshchenko alleges the invoice was cover for payments made to Mr Manafort for work he did for the pro-Russian Party of the Regions, which backed Mr Yanukovych.
The money was supposedly part of $12 million in “off the books” payments to Manafort from Yanukovich’s Party of Regions, first discovered in a “secret ledger” found in Yanukovych’s abandoned party offices last year.
Manafort is manifestly a Russian stooge under whose tenure as Trump’s campaign manager the future president dropped from the Republican party political platform pledges to aid Ukraine in its conflict with Russian-backed separatists and softened all language relating to Russia.
Trump’s former foreign policy advisor Carter Page is likewise a staunch Russophile due to his significant business ties to Russia and profits made in the Russian gas sector. Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor, had to resign after it was revealed he had secret phone conversations with the Russian ambassador during the election, within which they discussed the possibility of dropping US-led sanctions on Russia.
There’s no doubt that the Trump campaign collaborated and accepted help from the Russians to tip the election in their favour.
But it’s not just the Russians. Trump is also linked up with the Jewish-Israeli mob and Zionist forces tied in with Benjamin Netanyahu. Sheldon Adelson, the ultra-Zionist casino magnate, dumped $25 million into Trump’s campaign. Trump actually set up offices in Israel to campaign for votes from Israeli-American dual citizens, and has now filled his administration with ultra-Zionists and Goldman Sachs executives, including his Jewish, ultra-Zionist son-in-law Jared Kushner who is now a top advisor in the White House.
What we’re seeing is a nexus between the Jewish-Israeli and Russian mafias, converging behind the Trump campaign to secure both Israeli and Russian geopolitical interests.