US Intelligence Chalks Up Declining Influence in Europe to Russian Spies

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

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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’sSYRIZA, 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…

Polish literature and poetry students, arriving over the weekend for a weeklong trip to Russia, seen here posing for photos along the Moscow River.

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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8 Responses to "US Intelligence Chalks Up Declining Influence in Europe to Russian Spies"

  1. guitargirl  January 20, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Is there such a thing as USA-intelligence? from what I’m reading is that sure the USA has a lot of high tech advanced intelligence, but not human intelligence, which is the best, according to past and present Mossad directors.

    As for Holland, when I grew up there, a lot of people were aware of America’s agenda! I just figured that out recently.


  2. davor  January 20, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Wow, that’s really intelligent. What an imaginative thought! 🙂 Usually the Komintern (the Communist International) would conduct such methods in the gold ages of Stalin. That wherever and whenever there is an unsolvable problem, or just to get an upper hand on the daily issues, to blame someone for slipping over the banana peel, they would “question” and “inform” the concerned parties and then send them away in hard labor for actually doing or knowing nothing, only getting in some communist careerist hot-shot’s way. Guess that Clapper and the boys have been studying Stalinist methods very thoroughly. Who would have thought fifty years ago that USA would become such a hard-core communist entity.

  3. Dan  January 20, 2016 at 5:33 am

    There was a mythical time in America within the memory of those still living when the USG knew the likeliest espionage agents seeking the destruction of Western Europe and America were the Jewish forerunners of today’s neocons.

  4. Bill  January 20, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Just more Bush era; ” You’re either with the trillionaire ( Rothschild ) and billionaire Jews who own America ( and the West ) or you’re against us..”us” meaning all decent people who believe what the controlled major mass media tell them..” The idea that millions of Europeans are tired of being under our yolk and see us as the instigator, as the aggressor doesn’t register with these people as a legit. opinion or line of thought.

  5. Psychopath  January 20, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Can’t stand it when someone plays them back at their own game. Lets hope Russia funds more Western Think Tanks & Media indirectly

  6. Howie  January 20, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Don’t tell me they have been keeping Joe McCarthy in the deep freeze for the last fifty something years.

    Did someone just discover some kind of stem cell Frankenstein voodoo crap ?.

    Everyone check there are no red’s hiding under your beds, quick.

    This is not a drill.

  7. B. Bradley  January 19, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    US intelligence… Hmm. If you need a probe it’s because someone else was doing a better job than you and you need to find out why. Seemingly the probe belongs where your head has been while other countries were migrating east. We spend trillions infiltrating every organization under the sun and there’s still someone better at it than us. Who runs this place?? Maybe the EU nations among many others are tired of being molested by the dirty Uncle. At the Sam time getting looted by the IMF.
    Maybe… A real statesman is more appealing than a stadium full of pussies that sold their soul to AIPAC.
    Just sayin’
    How ’bout probin’ congress or auditing the fed ladies???

  8. Altimometer  January 19, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    A probe such as this deserves a bit of self examination first. You are being threatened because you dare to be yourself,to think critically, and because you don’t care for the pc thought control. That makes you a threat to those who deem themselves the only power. And besides what else do they have to do but drum up support for the war they shall not want, nor do we.

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