10:37 GMT26 February 2021
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    Anti-Russia hysteria continues to be fueled by Hillary Clinton, American mainstream media and the entire Democratic Party establishment in the wake of the release of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails by WikiLeaks.

    Despite a lack of evidence, Podesta accused Russia's security services of the hack, a move that has become second nature for Clinton supporters. Whenever a hack reveals an uncomfortable truth about the former secretary of state, it is proclaimed to be all part of Moscow's plan to sway the US election toward Donald Trump. This week's accusations are the same as those that followed the hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) email system in July.

    Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity told Radio Sputnik's Brian Becker that the attempts by major Western media sources to blame everything on Russia constitute "some of the most insidious propaganda" he has ever witnessed.

    "There's absolutely no evidence that the Russians are behind it. They may be behind it, they may not be behind it. The FBI certainly has not concluded that," he said during the Loud & Clear broadcast. "So what this is, is a McCarthyist frenzy to try to convince Americans that somehow Putin is over there pulling the strings for Trump with no evidence whatsoever."

    He added that it is disgraceful and "absolutely damaging to the democratic process" that the US media not only allows this to happen but acts as a megaphone for the groundless accusations.  

    What's more disturbing, according to McAdams, is that nobody in the West is talking about the content of the newly leaked emails. This includes revelations that Hillary Clinton was aware that Saudi Arabia and Qatar were funding Daesh and Al-Qaida militants, directly or otherwise.

    "We just found out today that on [former President Bill Clinton's] birthday, the governor of Qatar sent a million dollar gift to the [Clinton] foundation to celebrate his birthday. This while she knows they are backing [Daesh]," he pointed out.  

    But everybody's attention is caught by speculations that WikiLeaks could be a Russian tool. Things have gone so far that there has emerged a theory among Clinton supporters that the whole Podesta leak is a part of a conspiracy between the Sputnik News Agency, the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

    "I just wonder what these guys are smoking. It becomes so bizarre, I wonder if I'm living in an alternate universe. First off, and here's the main thing, why should we believe that the Russians want Trump as president?" McAdams said. "I think an excellent argument could be made that the Russians would rather have the devil they know, if they consider her a devil, than a devil they don't know, who will change from one day the next."

    The whole presumption that Russia is trying to push Trump to the presidency "is absurd," he scoffed.

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