Kurt Eichenwald of Newsweek has published some hefty Donald Trump exposés over the past few months, including a damning piece that shows the Trump Organization’s reported sketchy ties, which are largely inextricable, to foreign politicians, foreign financiers, and criminals. This would present huge risks to national security if Trump were elected as president. Eichenwald also recently dropped a piece that revealed how Trump — who claims to want to bring jobs back to America again — shunned U.S. steel manufacturers in favor of Chinese suppliers. Now, Eichenwald has another report out that doesn’t reflect well on the Trump campaign.
And boy, is it ever a complex web, one that will only feed the accusations against WikiLeaks that it might be unwittingly (or otherwise) helping Russia in its efforts to get Trump elected? (WikiLeaks is definitely not pro-Clinton, but who the hell knows what WikiLeaks is doing.)
Eichenwald’s newest piece has to do with disinformation spread by the Kremlin that somehow appears to have landed in the hands of Trump, who read it out loud off of a sheet of paper at a Monday night rally in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. What Trump recited was a purported email from journalist Sidney Blumenthal that had, presumably, surfaced as part of a new WikiLeaks dump of Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta’s emails. The weird part here is that Blumenthal’s email had quoted one of Eichenwald’s articles word for word, but the Kremlin (and Trump) believed it was something written by Blumenthal.
It gets weirder. Something got falsified “in translation” (cough), and the resulting email claimed to hold the smoking gun that would show Hillary Clinton to be wholly responsible for Benghazi. Russian-State sponsored Sputnik News reportedly declared this falsified data to be an October surprise that could sink her presidential run. Eichenwald states that it was ever-so-briefly posted on Sputnik News before someone realized it was false, and the article was scrubbed.
Somehow, Trump and Sputnik — a Russian propaganda outlet — ended up with the same false information. Did someone pass it to Trump and, if so, whom? Does he read Sputnik — again, a Russian propaganda site — for news? That may be the most likely case, but somehow, it ended up in Trump’s grubby paws, and he read it during his Monday rally: