WaPo’s in-depth profile on Fusion GPS manages not to mention extensive Russian contacts

WaPo’s in-depth profile on Fusion GPS manages not to mention extensive Russian contacts
Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, former WSJ reporter, speaks at UC Berkeley in 2009, after leaving to found SNS Global. (Image: Screen grab of FORA.tv video via dailymotion)

[Ed. – Lee Smith has this right.  It’s not just odd, it’s ridiculous to profile Fusion GPS and not mention the connection with the anti-Magnitsky Russians — especially since they were involved in setting up Donald Trump, Jr. in the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower.]

[WaPo’s Fusion profile] makes no mention of some of the outfit’s more notorious, and widely reported, projects—work that shows a very different side to the charming, albeit hard-charging, rogues profiled in the Post. Fusion GPS spearheaded the campaign to undo the Magnitsky Act, American legislation imposing sanctions on Russian officials and other figures close to Vladimir Putin. Their work featured a smear campaign against the driving force behind the Magnitsky Act, financier William Browder. …

“It’s as if Fusion GPS gave the Washington Post a dossier on the hard-working and wholesome researchers working at Fusion GPS,” says Thor Halvorssen, a human rights activist who was targeted by a Fusion GPS smear campaign on behalf of corrupt Venezuelan businessmen. “The Post ignored some of Fusion GPS’s worst excesses, including the scorched earth tactics they used against a journalist in London who was whistleblowing corruption in Venezuela, Alek Boyd. Fusion GPS planted stories that he was a rapist and pedophile.” …

[L]ots of Washington has a stake in circling the wagons. Rachel Maddow’s hour-long defense of Fusion GPS last Friday rolled out many of the figures who’ve helped build the Russiagate narrative. There’s Michael Isikoff whose September 23, 2016 story for Yahoo News first put the dossier, before it was identified as such, on the media map. And here’s David Corn of Mother Jones whose October 31 story first introduced the mysterious and unnamed “former Western intelligence officer”…

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