Malcolm Nance, a retired United States Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer and an expert on U.S. intelligence, described on MSNBC’s AM Joy the kind of person the KGB sought out to manipulate, “This is who the KGB targeted for recruitment. Egocentric people, who lack moral principles, who are either too greedy or who suffer from exaggerated self importance. These are the people KGB wants and finds easiest to recruit.”
The official MSNBC twitter account for AM Joy asked, “.@MALCOLMNANCE on the type of people KGB sought to manipulate. Does this sound like Donald Trump to you?”
— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) December 17, 2016
“When did all of this happen to Donald Trump, right?… At some point, he was co-opted by Vladimir Putin. And that means he bought into and embraced the dictatorial ideology that was done by a spymaster of the KGB,” Nance told AM Joy host Joy Reid.
“Ten years ago, twenty years ago, there’d be treason trials at this point,” Nance said, looking slightly alarmed.
Nance then quoted Yuri Bezmenov, an ex-KGB officer and Soviet defector, regarding who the KGB targets, “This is who the KGB targeted for recruitment. Egocentric people, who lack moral principles, who are either too greedy or who suffer from exaggerated self importance. These are the people KGB wants and finds easiest to recruit.”
“Vladimir Putin went to the Yuri Andropov school of intelligence,” Nance said, “He learned how to manipulate people. At some point we need to find out when did Donald Trump’s ideology shift from western capitalism to Russian authoritarianism.”
Bezmenov has explained the process of Russian subversion activities against the U.S.; part one of the process of Russian subversion against the U.S. is “demoralization.”
“A person who has been demoralized is unable to accept true information; the facts tell nothing to him,” Bezmenov said in the 1984 interview (watch in full here).
I bring you this tidbit in the midst of the Macedonian fake news sites that spread complete falsehoods about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.
The person Yuri Bezmenov described as the ideal target for KGB recruitment sounds exactly like President-elect Donald Trump. To even suggest this seems conspiracy nutty, and yet we have 17 intelligence agencies agreeing that Russia interfered in the U.S. election and the FBI agreeing with the CIA that Russia helped Trump win.
Of course, no one has proven that Trump knowingly sold out to the Kremlin and this is an important distinction, even with the smoke billowing around his head. But Nance makes the point that if we were functioning as we should, there would have already been treason trials.
We are instead fighting to get people focused on the reality that there is a huge problem heading to the White House, and thus part of the demoralization plan seems to already be working.
What seems to be fairly established at this point is Trump favors pro-Russia policy, has stocked his cabinet with those who favor pro-Russian policies, had or has people in his inner circle who have dealings with Russia and Russian propaganda, the Russians — and probably Putin himself directed or knew about — interfered in the 2016 election, sharing hacks of Hillary Clinton and the DNC that sought to harm her in the election and thus favor Trump, and Trump is ignoring Aleppo and instead talking about Russia as if they are our friend.
Meanwhile, Russia is actually very dangerous and a man as ignorant and easily used as Donald Trump could be the kindling to that fire.
These facts not only warrant but demand an independent investigation, not just a Congressional intel committee probe.
Image: MSNBC, AM Joy
Ms. Jones is the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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