Jan 9, 2018 – Another fake news Russiagate story, this by NYTimes.
About Glenn Simpson, former Wall Street Journal reporter, whose FusionGPS was hired in turn by the Clinton and Trump campaigns to find dirt on the other. Read the story for details, but note these lies in the NYT account.
Let’s start with “Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist, and Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, a lawyer known as a formidable Moscow insider.”
Known as? Evidence, please! The passive tense is always a clue that you cannot source this. That description about Veselnitskaya has been debunked. She is just a Moscow lawyer who represented the family that owned Prevezon, the real estate company targeted by Browder.
NYT: “The two have worked to turn back the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 American law detested by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, that punishes Russian human rights violators. And together with Mr. Simpson, the trio worked on behalf of a Russian-owned company accused by the United States government of laundering some of the funds stolen in a fraud uncovered by Sergei L. Magnitsky, after whom the act was named.”
Untrue: The act does not target “human rights violators,” as the crimes of the Magnitsky Hit List are not cited much less proved. The act targets Browder’s Hit List, which was organized to build a political wall against the Russians going after him for multi-million-dollar tax evasion. No charges, no evidence, no trial. Rule of law?
Note how lawyer Andrey Pavlov, ignored for five years after the Act was passed, was just added to the list two months to the day after he was quoted by me discrediting Browder.
The fraud was not uncovered by Magnitsky. The theft of $230 million from the Russian Treasury and a related tax fraud were revealed by Russian business daily Kommersant in April 3, 2008 and April 4, 2008 .
Magnitsky talked about the matter for the first time in an interrogation by tax investigators in June 2008. He did not go to authorities voluntarily to “blow a whistle,” which is what whistleblowers do. He was called to testify in an investigation. He cited the Kommersant article, which two months earlier had printed the information Browder says he exposed.
Magnitsky said: “On 3 April 2008, Kommersant published an article which, referring to the law-enforcement authorities, reported that Parphenion, Limited Liability Company, Realand, Limited Liability Company, and Machaon, Limited Liability Company, had allegedly used «tax evasion schemes» and criminal proceedings were launched to prosecute those at fault.”
The testimony was released after Magnitsky’s death, available for inquiring journalists but not touted by Browder. And routinely ignored by journalists who, far from being inquiring, were Browder’s stenographers. Or can you cite anyone who quoted Magnitsky’s testimony?
There’s nothing in the Times story to explain that Veselnitskaya went after the Magnitsky List because Browder, with the help of the Justice Department, targeted her client Prevezon, the Russian real estate company accused of receiving $1.9 million of $230 million stolen from the Russian Treasury. That’s right, less than 1 percent. DOJ never proved it. And it seems with all their claimed bank transfer “documents” linked from the initial Russian Treasury payout, DOJ could never find who got anything else. The DOJ chief investigator testified that their evidence came from Browder!
NYT, have you asked DOJ where the remaining $228 million went? Were the recipients not politically interesting? Not in Browder’s cross-hairs?
Browder’s fake Magnitsky story was the back story to the DOJ Prevezon prosecution. The case was settled because it was costing the company more than the settlement. And the DOJ apparently didn’t want to risk a trial.
Here’s the one sentence in the Times story that surprised me: “We collect facts,” Fusion said in a statement, describing itself as a research company. “Occasionally, the facts turn out to be helpful to people we deplore, like Vladimir Putin, or undermine people for whom we have considerable sympathy, like William Browder.”
Fusion claiming sympathy for Browder is patently untrue. Working for BakerHostetler, the law firm hired by Prevezon to fight the DOJ charges, Fusion knew that Browder had used offshore shell companies to build a corporate structure to cheat on Russian taxes.
Maybe in an era of neoMcCarthyism, Fusion felt it had to say what it said. Fusion sympathy for Browder? No.
Just out that Senator Feinstein has released Simpson’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. So more later. It is a lot about Browder!