“Alice Donovan” sparks anti-alt-media witch hunt — is “she” a false flag?

"Alice" meets (Wild Bill) "Donovan"

By Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor

Did an obscure internet writer somehow put Donald Trump in the White House?

That is what the Washington Post seems to be telling us. In their Christmas article “Kremlin trolls burned across the Internet as Washington debated options,” three WaPo journalists make the case that a certain “Alice Donovan” — whose debut article was first published right here at VT — is a Kremlin troll who spearheaded the Russian takeover of America. Oddly enough, WaPo seems to have gotten that idea from the FBI.

“Alice Donovan” never appeared on audio or video. He/she/it never made a Youtube. But this person or entity did submit a few dozen articles to Veterans Today, Counterpunch, GlobalResearch, WeAreChange, and other alternative media sites. The articles reached a small audience, garnered little attention, and quickly faded into well-deserved obscurity. I must have scanned several of them — I read these websites regularly — but evidently found them eminently forgettable. Not only did I never invite “Alice Donovan” on my radio show, but for the life of me I cannot remember anything about any of these articles or their ostensible author. When the Managing Editor of VT informed us of the developing brouhaha, my reaction was: Alice who?

So if “Alice Donovan” isn’t the most obscure writer in the history of alternative journalism, he/she/it is definitely in the running for that dubious title.

THIS is the person who somehow threw America into the Russian camp?! WOW! I knew the alternative media was powerful, but I had no idea we were that powerful! Heck, if “Alice Donovan” runs America for the Kremlin, that would make me the new Commissar of a couple of solar systems, maybe even a galaxy, considering that my alternative media footprint is rather gargantuan compared to “Donovan”‘s.

But seriously, folks…do I have to come right out and say that the FBI/WaPo narrative is ludicrous? There are thousands of alt-media people (yes, real people) who are, each and every one of us, vastly more influential than “Donovan” ever even tried to be. If this is the best the Russians can do to influence US public opinion — invent a fake identity to pose as the world’s most obscure internet journalist — they are the most propagandistically-challenged nation on earth.

Some may say, along with Tertullian, credo quia absurdum: I believe it because it is absurd. Not me.

I don’t buy the legend of “Donovan” as a Kremlin troll. A more logical explanation would be that “Donovan” was invented by somebody who is working AGAINST the alternative media, planted among us so that FBI-WaPo could shame us and bolster their own budgets and reputations while calling for a crackdown on the internet’s most critical voices.

As always, the first question is: Who gains? Not  Veterans Today, Counterpunch, GlobalResearch, WeAreChange, or any other alt-media sites. We are not exactly desperate for writers — least of all mediocre ones like “Donovan,” whose contribution to these sites’ readership and influence has been minuscule if not downright microscopic. Such stuff gets published if the editor who finds it in his or her inbox feels like being nice that day.

Nor have the Russians gained anything whatsoever. If they are paying someone to come up with “Donovan”‘s stuff, they are obviously wasting rubles that could be more strategically spent.

So who gains? The Washington Post, the FBI, and other forces looking to rein in alternative media, of course.

Is the name “Alice Donovan” a nod and a wink from the Alphabet Agencies? The name seems a chimerical combination of Alice in Wonderland and Wild Bill Donovan, legendary founder of the CIA. Have some of Wild Bill’s descendants gone down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass disguised as “Alice” in an effort to sow chaos and confusion while discrediting the alternative media and hyping anti-Russian paranoia?

If you have a better explanation of this bizarre affair, feel free to leave a comment and tell me what it is.


Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.

He is host of TRUTH JIHAD RADIO; a hard driving weekly radio show funded by listener donations at Patreon.com and FALSE FLAG WEEKLY NEWS (FFWN); a audio-video show produced by Tony Hall, Allan Reese, and Kevin himself. FFWN is funded through FundRazr.

He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.

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  1. “I don’t buy the legend of “Donovan” as a Kremlin troll. A more logical explanation would be that “Donovan” was invented by somebody who is working AGAINST the alternative media, planted among us so that FBI-WaPo could shame us and bolster their own budgets and reputations while calling for a crackdown on the internet’s most critical voices.”

    Basically this, “Donovan” is not a VT writer, there are reasons why I never even bothered to read counterpunch globalresearch and so on after like browsing through them for less than a day. Facebook used to shaft Infowars rite at my face so much that at one time I finally ok and visited their FB page, lasted me less than 10 mins.

    There are some very simple rules of thumb that can be used to filter these alt media to know if they are real or controlled op, naturally I WILL NOT say any of it as that will just make my readings more troublesome.

    Naturally I WILL NOT say what my real opinion of what VT is about, I am just a lazy observer watching the future becoming history a day at a time.

    • I’ve never bothered to read counterpunch, but globalresearch has many informative articles that are worth reading. Infowars is ran by a disingenuous, melodramatic pud that was outed as controlled opposition decades ago.

  2. Alice Donovan, now that’s got to be a traditional Russian name. The question posed “should we burn down the Post”, seems they have self inflicted their own burns more than a few times. Well they need to get those papers and digital content selling and you guys are helping them sell using the meme, VT is a Russian asset.They never have to offer an ounce of truth or proof. CIA,mockingbird, Alice, right, and Donovan meaning Head of an English University+Vanguard.

  3. Some of her stories were plagiarized from Sophie Mangal https://fbreporter.org/category/authors/sophie-mangal/ The article on counterpunch details the lengthy hunt they did for Alice Donovan and the comparative details of the plagiarism. This is worth mentioning because it would explain her reluctance to ID.
    I did not pay the 1$ for the WP article, but if it mentioned VT or the others, then that’s a plus. The op was named “Northern Night” ,.. perhaps a tongue-in-cheek way of saying , long, boring, and uneventful ?
    I’m sticking with motivated young blogger willing to plagiarize to get the message out.
    Is John Allen word play for the Dulles brothers ?

  4. Pfft, Alice who? Exactly.

    The “Russiagate” investigation has been ridiculous since the beginning. There has been so much hype about it in the MSM all year and what has it produced? A couple indictments against two people for lobbying in favour of Ukraine back in 2014. One indictment against a guy who admitted to trying to arrange a meeting between the Trump Admin and the Russian government, without being asked to do it. Even if his endeavour was successful, which it wasnt, it’s not uncommon for candidates running for federal office to meet with foreign officials. Then there’s the indictment against Flynn for misrepresenting the significance of his meeting with the Russian government.

    In other words, after all the hype over the last year, nothing worth mentioning has happened. Not to mention this was never an honest investigation as it began and remains solely based on confirmatory bias. It’s an embarrassing attempt to prove a ridiculous conspiracy theory. Throw this “Alice Donovan” BS on the pile of nonsensical allegations. Like “Russian agents” allegedly spending 100,000 over 2 years on 3000 Facebook ads, which were not geared towards any political party. Again, even if it were true, what is 33 dollars per advertisement, compared to the multi billion dollar cost of advertising for an American election? It’s f’n pathetic, that’s what.

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