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    US Intelligence Chalks Up Declining Influence in Europe to 'Russian Spies'

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    American intelligence is set to conduct a "major investigation" into the Kremlin's 'infiltration' of European political parties, The Telegraph reports.

    According to the newspaper, US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has been instructed by Congress to conduct a major review of Russia's alleged secret funding of European political parties over the past decade.

    Washington, The Telegraph says, is becoming concerned over's Moscow's alleged use of clandestine influence to undermine NATO, block US missile defense and undo the Western sanctions imposed on Russia in the aftermath of the crisis in Ukraine.

    An unnamed senior British government source anxiously told the newspaper that "it is really a new Cold War out there," referring to Russian "meddling" which, according to The Telegraph, is "taking on a breadth, range and depth far greater than previously thought."

    "Right across the EU we are seeing alarming evidence of Russian efforts to unpick the fabric of European unity on a whole range of vital strategic issues," the source said.

    Meanwhile, the newspaper suggests that it has been given privy to a mysterious dossier on "Russian influence activity," with Kremlin influence operations said to stretch from France to the Netherlands, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic.

    Ultimately, the US intelligence review is set to examine the extent to which Russian security services have funded European political parties, charities, and NGOs with the express aim of "undermining political cohesion." The latter is classified to include everything from protests against US missile defense to attempts to find alternatives to Russian energy.

    With officials declining to tell the newspaper which parties specifically would be affected by the probe, The Telegraph decided to attempt a little "influence activity" of its own, suggesting to its readers that the groups most likely to find themselves on the list are far right parties including Hungary's Jobbik, Greece's Golden Dawn, Italy's Northern League, and France's Front National.

    "Other cases of possible Moscow-based destabilization being monitored by diplomats includes extensive links in Austria, including a visit by Austrian MPS to Crimea to endorse its annexation," The Telegraph suggested.

    It would be interesting to get the paper's take on whether parties on the left of the political spectrum, such as Germany's Die Linke, Poland's Left Alliance or Greece's SYRIZA, all of which, like their right wing counterparts, have made statements suggesting that their countries should improve or at least normalize relations with Moscow, will also be investigated.

    Moreover, if a visit to Crimea is sufficient cause for Washington's suspicion, it will be interesting to see if other European officials, including political heavyweights such as former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, or the group of lawmakers from France's The Republicans who visited the peninsula last summer, will also be subject to the probe. 

    Perhaps the Polish literature and poetry students who visited the peninsula in September will also be scrutinized by the DNI… 

    Even the Netherlands' upcoming referendum on the ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, according to the newspaper, will be investigated, with "sources [saying that] arguments deployed in support of the referendum 'closely resemble' known Russian propaganda.'"

    Naturally, the UK-based newspaper warns, secret Russian influence over the UK is also on the ascendant, with the Kremlin 'eying' "the forthcoming EU referendum and the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader as potential opportunities to weaken Europe." Its evidence? That the 'Kremlin-controlled' television channel RT gave positive coverage of Corbyn's leadership campaign, and that the Russian ambassador gave a similarly positive assessment of the Labour politician's election to the leadership.

    Basically, The Telegraph seems to suggest, every move by a European political party or social group which doesn't fall in line with Washington's anti-Moscow agenda, is fair game for investigation. 

    And while it might be flattering to Russian security services that some in Washington, London, and Brussels, among others, are pulling their hair out in fear of secret puppet masters in Moscow stealthily pulling the strings to every anti-NATO, anti-US, anti-war or anti-sanctions personality or movement across an entire continent, the real purpose of the probe, it's quite obvious, is to call into question any move by Europeans looking to demonstrate their independence.

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    • FlorianGeyerin reply torasoj(Show commentHide comment)
      I guess that the US tools to keep other governments in check are mainly geared to blackmail paedophile politicians and those with dark and deviant secrets.
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      Hate to admit failure? E.U cooperation in mid east and Ukraine's coup, won't stay like that. U.S funding of Russia opposition should be studied, and those parties eliminated.
      One that really worry many is the SORO'S foundation , minions in Syria. They sponsoring violence and propaganda. Russia should help Syria , in sanitizing that. If Syria is to live in peace.
      Russia needs a ROBUST Spy industry. Extremely robust. With future gadgets.. At least they can be used to penetrate Russia itself, and attempt to stop the penetrations. It can be used for bribing. Hire terrorists inside Russia to find potential DAESH candidates. and way more. Krmelin should be penetrated daily. To reinforce all. And Russian pres plane and cars. Even poisoning Putin should be done.. OF COURSE NOT really POISON. Just to get there and leave a paper...is been poisoned...NOT... And agency look for way to close that gap.
      Russia is a nation. TOO big, and need super tech to protect itself, and friends. Hopefully allies.
    • Mother Gorilla
      They are seeing ghosts, and if I were looking to infiltrate any European parties, I would focus not on the extreme right or left, but on the centre parties. They are likely to be in power, they are hooked up with industry and banks and they have the most to gain from good relations with Russia and the most to lose from sanctions.
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      ronin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      FlorianGeyer, There is an art to using such speech by those (usually a psychopath and/or the criminally minded) who wish to confuse the public and to proliferate ignorance through presenting role reversing storyboards.

      Example: "Ultimately, the US intelligence review is set to examine the extent to which Russian security services have funded European political parties, charities, and NGOs with the express aim of "undermining political cohesion." The role reversing here is that the US policy unseats sovereign states via funded coup d'état.
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      in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, my wife won't let me buy a Lada. :(

      Lada can be a girl, as well :)
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      michaelin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, the car, the car, the car!!!!! :) Thanks for that. My wife didn't tell me about that! hmmm, :)
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      in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, the goddess of love and beauty, I think spring as well. you naughty old pervert :)

      Your wife needs to watch Minority report - the movie. :)
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      michaelin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, Oh I'm safe there, she absolutely detests Tom Cruise! :)
      As far as pervert :) I stand on my dignity and state that I am a pervect! :) Hope you recognise it. :)
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      in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, it is not about Tom rather it is about the pre-emptive strike strategy just in time before Lada happens (snip snip ) :)
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      michaelin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, yes have seen the movie - late at night after said wife has retired.:)
      But anything with him....
    • Blackiein reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Mother Gorilla,
      Well put.
      The far right is in power.
    • Ann
      LOL oh no, it can't possibly be that Germans, and maybe the EU in general has began to notice the US emperor has no clothes...no, it must be the Russians again...ROFLMAO
    • Ann in reply toron(Show commentHide comment)
      ron, I often say: "Paid trolls always REVERSE the facts to the EXACT opposite of reality and DEFLECT the blame for everything...Always. It makes them very easy to spot."
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      If there's one country weary of fascists in Europe, it's Russia.
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      when nato countries are commanded by foolish people only then out siders must teach them how to handle their countries, because all nato presidents get millions of dollars to sell their democracy to America, they don`t care about their people or land even they know that America is the terrorist and devil country people would be so and so happy if the word nato will be erased from land
    • James Crapper an other buffoon in the American government. He will have soon that your kids will spy on their parents. Now wasn't that what the East German STAZI did too?
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      If anything European Unity is destroying itself, look at the migrant mess, it is sowing the seeds of its own destruction, thanks to stupid naieve old Merkel, Europe is doomed it will become Shia Islamized , the 1930's is reborn again this time in a necessary way, freeing it from US influence.
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      A totally whitewashed, pathetic, false flag op that smacks of desperation.

      The boost these nationalist parties are getting from the sheer incompetence of Europe's oblivious current leadership in total denial and the outright meddling/arm twisting of the EU leadership to sacrifice their countries for American geopolitical goals is the driving force behind the rise of these nationalist parties.
    • Ivan Buckeye
      Interesting article. I doubt that what the American officials are claiming is completely true. Russian officials know how to play the game. How dare Russian media broadcast reports of people who don't hate all things Russian. WTF. Idiots are running the show in America.
    • Kim Kyu-Un
      We need a Russian-American Teams of Intelligence Experts and TV/Film-makers to get together and produce the Comedy-Fiction-Reality-Espionage show called: "The KGB", and just "run with it".

      Go "over the top" and take all the propaganda fantasies of the west, and amp them up by several orders of Magnitude. An elite team of super-strength super-hero Russian KGB agents, all-powerful, all-knowing. Accomplishing the un-knowable and the unthinkable worldwide. Unstoppable. I can just image the propaganda fantasies possible with a TV program like that, if done expertly.

      There are so many TV shows about the FBI and the CIA on TV right now, it would be so great to see one about the KGB, for once.
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