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Trump's 'wiretapping' claim traced to inventor of the 'Whitey' tape, via Russian state television

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Trump’s grotesque claim that the Obama Administration had collaborated with British Intelligence to “wiretap” him purportedly arose from something he saw or heard on Fox News, according to his spokesman, Sean Spicer.

As Spicer tells it (and as Trump confirmed yesterday) Trump was simply quoting from the “very talented legal mind” of right-wing nutcase, 9/11 “Truther” and  and Fox News Contributor Andrew Napolitano, who spewed the baseless smear on Fox & Friends.

We now know that Napolitano, in turn, was simply regurgitating information he had been provided by none other than former CIA official Larry Johnson. Johnson is the same person who invented  the so-called “whitey” tape rumor in 2008 in order to spread the equally baseless claim that Republican operatives were in possession of a video showing the former First Lady railing against white people at the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church.  The purpose was to derail Barack Obama’s candidacy.  The tape, of course, was never found, because it never existed in the first place.

Where did Johnson make this accusation? Russian State Television, of course.

FrThe New York Times has confirmed that Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano sourced his false allegation that former President Barack Obama asked British intelligence to spy on President Donald Trump to a discredited former CIA analyst. This analyst, Larry C. Johnson, floated the conspiracy theory on the Russian state-sponsored news network RT on March 6, the week after Trump’s original accusation that Obama was responsible for an illegal wiretap.

According to Media Matters, Mr. Johnson had also published a “doctored” audiotape in 2013  in an attempt to smear former Secretary of State John Kerry as guilty of “war crimes.”

The RT interview of Johnson was picked up and disseminated by Breitbart, InfoWars, and Reddit sites before it was appropriated as fact by the current occupant of the Oval Office to justify his paranoid rants, even while smearing and discrediting the British government, an act that has infuriated and alienated our closest strategic ally.

I would guess that Vladimir Putin is laughing his ass off right now.

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