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Putin Leaked ‘Panama Papers’ as Part of Plan to Smear Himself, Blackmail Western Leaders, Says US Think Tank

by Rudy Panko, from Russia Insider

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The Brookings Institution says that Putin is behind ‘Panama Papers’ leak. Sure, why not?

We have to tip our proverbial shapka-ushanka to the Brookings Institution, the only American think tank brave enough to admit that Vladimir Putin is not connected in any way to the financial shenanigans documented in the “Panama Papers”:

Despite the headlines, there is no evidence of Putin’s direct involvement — not in any company involved in the leak, much less in criminal activity, theft, tax evasion, or money laundering. There are documents showing that some of his “friends” have moved “up to two billion dollars” through these Panama-based shell companies.

Of course, since it’s the Brookings Institution, the fact that there is no evidence of Putin’s direct involvement in this scandal likely shows that Putin is directly involved in this scandal:

[M]y thinking is that [the Panama Papers leak] could have been a Russian intelligence operation, which orchestrated a high-profile leak and established total credibility by “implicating” (not really implicating) Russia and keeping the source hidden. Some documents would be used for anti-corruption campaigns in a few countries—topple some minor regimes, destroy a few careers and fortunes. By then blackmailing the real targets in the United States and elsewhere (individuals not in the current leak), the Russian puppet masters get “kontrol” and influence.

We have to admit that there is whiff of logic to this: If the Panama Papers don’t directly implicate Putin in any shady business, and instead have caused massive protests in the UK against David Cameron (just as an example), perhaps Putin is the secret mastermind behind the leak?

The problem with this brilliant theory is that the organization that received the data dump is a “Washington DC based Ford, Soros funded soft-power tax-dodger” which attempted, in every desperate way imaginable, to drag Putin into the scandal.

Seriously guys, you’re giving Putin way too much credit.


15 Comments

  1. antirepublocrat says

    Hey, why not? After all, we know that Assad deliberately created ISIS by freeing the political prisoners the West had demanded he free, all to point out that he’s the better choice. Right?

  2. JJA says

    More drivel in the Guardian today from slavering Putinphobe Walker under the risible headline
    ‘So what if Putin is corrupt?’: Russia remains unmoved by offshore revelations’
    How about starting by evidence, any evidence that Putin is corrupt, rather than pathetic innuendo.
    I recently got yet another begging letter from the Graun asking me to sign up. I replied to the effect that all their anti putin/ anti russia drivel by Walker, Luke Harding, Mrs Luke Harding – whose latest piece claims Russians darent read modern Russian authors for fear of reprisals, and the beyond parody French woman who was kicked out of Le Monde, had totally dissuaded me from supporting the Guardian. Never did get a reply.

  3. Guest says

    What a joke and this is from a think tank?

    This is an example of what happens when you “over think” an issue.

    It really highlights the putinophobia running though Americas policy makers

    First they try to smear putin then when that doesn’t work they say he did it; knowing that there are some fools who will believe big lie number2 when big lie number 1 fails.

    • Brad Benson says

      No, think tanks don’t really “think” about anything. They are in the “tank” for certain countries (e.g., Israel), organizations (e.g., GE, Northrup Grumman) or agenda’s (e.g., right wing, Neo-con war hawks). They get paid high salaries to come up with the necessary analysis to support results, which have been pre-determined.

      Many of these clowns are similar to the shadow government in Britain, since they move into and out of official government positions when the party in power changes. However, in the USA, the term shadow government is infinitely more sinister and it really does affect all of our policies, with or without the sitting President’s concurrence. That is: some of these “think tanks” wield power all the time and steer the country in directions, which are rarely in the interests of the people.

      There are essentially no influential think tanks that do not currently advocate for more war across the Middle East and around the Globe. So-called “liberal” think tanks are often more pro-war than their right wing counterparts.

    • Seamus Padraig says

      “This is an example of what happens when you “over think” an issue.”

      No, this is an example of what happens when your little psy-op falls flat, and you have to distance yourself from it in a hurry. Despite the braying of the MSM, absolutely no real damage has been done to Putin or Assad; it’s all about Cameron now.

  4. Lucas white says

    I think the CIA has been reading some of my posts on CIF, where I pointed out that western, anti Putin propaganda, is now so painfully obvious and pathetically thrown together, that it looks almost plausible that Putin has had a hand in directing it to discredit the west…it doesn’t really but it just illustrates how amature the current smear tactics have been.

    For this Washington “think tank” to now be saying this is pretty hilarious. Especially as it was their very own guardian (which I highly suspect is a front for the CIA and co, to disseminate bullshit like wikileaks, Snowden and now this)

    The MSM in the UK has had the knives out for Cameron since he pledged to stay in Europe. If we look back to the refugee crisis…something improbable happened whenever the UK MSM and in particular the Murdoch owned parts of it eg Sky news..started running endless pieces on the “plight of refugees”..anyone that knows old Rupert knows he doesn’t give a flying fuck about refugees or immigrants of any kind..in fact his media and papers routinely demonise them…so whenever you get someone behaving contrary to their entire history it stinks of an agenda. Especially as practically every image shown of these refugees consisted of 98% men under 40 years old..then you add in the high probability that some of them are bound to be Isis members…it really makes you ask questions about the UK MSM and it’s supposedly blind humanitarianism..

    Of corse the predictable happened and we have had a couple of terrorist attacks on mainland Europe since the “refugees” flooded Europe. Plus the Islamic rape culture imported with them to Cologne etc… So what it looks like to me was a cynical plot to screw with Europe, make it more trouble than it’s worth to stay part of it and we can now burn Cameron’s reputation to solidify the campaign to leave. Of corse whenever leaks like his happen there are numerous fronts that are designated. So the brexit is just one..clearly a “leak” of this magnitude will be used for all its worth.

    The only nation I know that routinely attempts to destabilise continents is the USA. I am pretty sure the British media has more ties to America than it does to Russia. So it is again laughable the suggestion that Putin is behind what ends up in the guardian etc.

  5. Kavy says

    Stephen Lendman says that Putin may be the only person to save us from WW3. The video collage below that someone out together is good. Superb!

    Best Putin’s speech (no censorship)

  6. O Lucky Man! says

    Yes, yes, yes, it is all beginning to make sense. I am begining to suspect that Putin is behind most things, nearly everything perhaps, certainly Leicester winning the Premier League and Pluto having an atmosphere, obviously The extinction of the Neanderthal race. Godamn I’m beginning to suspect that Putin is actually behind Putin himself! Yes! That’s it! Putin is manipulating Putin from behind the scenes, getting Putin to say and do whatever it is that Putin wants. What a cunning plan, is there no end to his tactically, unpredictably aggressive yet strategically polite inscrutability? So Putin is the hidden face of Putin after all… aha… yes… of course… of course…

    Can I join the Brookings Institution now please…?

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