by Amna El Tawil
Yesterday, Kremlin denied the accuracy of news alleging they have compromising dossier about the president-elect Donald Trump. A spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, called the dossier “pulp fiction”, saying the Kremlin did not have compromising material on Trump nor on Hillary Clinton, as the documents also said, the Guardian reports.
The statement said: “This is an absolute canard, an absolute fabrication, and it’s complete nonsense. The Kremlin does not engage in collecting kompromat.” Trump’s spokeswoman, Kellyanne Conway, and chief of staff, Reince Priebus, also described the allegations as “fake news” saying: “We should be concerned that intelligence officials leak to the press and won’t go and tell the president-elect or the president of the United States himself now, Mr. Obama, what the information is. They’d rather go tell the press.”
Simon Tisdall of the Guardian argues that even the story isn’t true, it’s still yet another win for Putin and Russia. How? The allegations only deepened the political crisis in the United States and regardless of the accuracy of those rumors, they still go in favor of Russia. This is particularly significant if we bear in mind that Kremlin’s long-held aim is to weaken the US by paralyzing its political decision-making process. Reasons for that are numerous including the fact that Russia still blames the United States for the demise of Soviet Union.
The Guardian writes: “It may be that Putin is entirely innocent, as the Russian president’s spokesmen claim. Or the opposite may be the case. In a sense, it does not matter. The damage has been done, and for the Kremlin, it’s a no-lose. The unprecedented confusion and disarray in the US is what old KGB agents like Putin could only dream of.”
Allegations that the Russians have a substantial amount of compromising information to blackmail Trump, and that Russian agents and hackers fed helpful intelligence to his campaign staff, are extremely alarming. Again, this goes regardless of their accuracy. True or not, some of the mud is certain to stick – the quintessential aim of any KGB-style destabilization conspiracy carefully designed to destroy confidence and sow confusion.
by Amna El Tawil