Is VIPS Working for Russia?

A fellow named Duncan Campbell, who many years ago reported on UK officialdom, clearly has had too much free time lately. He has concluded that VIPS is working for the Russians — perhaps as useful idiots:
https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252445769/Briton-ran-pro-Kremlin-disinformation-campaign-that-helped-Trump-deny-Russian-links

Inoculation from Campbell’s turgid prose can be found in two recent videos:

Bill Binney: It Was NOT a Russian Hack

Interview with Jason Ross
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3cDZU9Tp7wfo Joseph
August 6, 2018 (10 minutes)

and

Yes, Everyone Is Lying About The DNC Server Scandal
Jimmy Dore with John Kiriakou
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oelJ0xN5AM
published on August 10, 2018 (10 minutes)

Other “investigators” are now spreading Campbell around like soup; none have had the courage to get in touch with Bill Binney or other VIPS — still less to challenge or debate.

VIPS are thick skinned, and take pride in being kicked by some of the same folks who are, as Julian Assange’s mother Christine put it in a recent tweet, “bravely kicking Assange while his hands and feet are tied behind his back.”. Their smear campaign is intrinsically invalid, and they should be told so at every opportunity. … [They] do not fight fairly or with honour. Their weapon of choice is smear. … What they fear more than anything else is an informed public!

Watch Consortiumnews.com tomorrow for Patrick Lawrence’s one-year-after follow-up to his August 9, 2017 article in The Nation “A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack” (which was based largely on VIPS #50 of July 24, 2017, “Intel Vets Challenge ‘Russia Hack’ Evidence).”

https://www.thenation.com/article/a-new-report-raises-big-questions-about-last-years-dnc-hack/
and
https://consortiumnews.com/2017/07/24/intel-vets-challenge-russia-hack-evidence/

Senator Richard Burr: a Longtime Fan of Torture

By Ray McGovern, August 11, 2018
https://consortiumnews.com/2018/08/11/senator-richard-burr-a-longtime-fan-of-torture/

Curious: Not a word of this story appeared in Ray’s home-delivered Washington Post on either August 10 or 11, even though a good report by the Post’s Karen deYoung appeared on the 10th in the Post online.  DeYoung’s online article was titled:
Torture of al-Qaeda suspect described in 2002 cables sent by CIA Director Gina Haspel.

( See:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/torture-of-al-qaeda-suspect-described-in-2002-cables-sent-by-cia-director-gina-haspel/2018/08/09/dfd79b5a-9c21-11e8-843b-36e177f3081c_story.html?utm_term=.2f64afbdd18e )

The NY Times, for its part, carried a long report by Julian E. Barnes and Scott Shane in both print and online editions on August 10:

( See:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/us/politics/waterboarding-gina-haspel-cia-prison.html )

The NYT online article was titled: Cables Detail C.I.A. Waterboarding at Secret Prison Run by Gina Haspel.  That headline was adjusted a bit for the print version (page A8 of the New York edition).  The print title was: “Cables Detail Torture at Prison Run by Current C.I.A. Chief.”

Newly released official documents show CIA head Gina Haspel directly supervised waterboarding at “Black Site” in Thailand.  Sen. Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr and Vice Chair Mark Warner hid that, demonstrating once again that today’s Senate “oversight” means “overlook.” Hold your nose and read:

https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/foia-intelligence-torture-archive/2018-08-10/gina-haspel-cia-torture-cables-declassified

Recall what happened to Ray when he tried to expose this same information at the “open” hearing on Haspel’s nomination.  Kudos to the National Security Archive. Here is brief excerpt from the Archive report:

… The released Haspel cables feature extensive redactions by the CIA, including their dates (although those can be ascertained from the declassified CIA Inspector General’s report, among other sources) and most of the information results from the torture (although those have been summarized by the Senate Intelligence Committee report and two of the Haspel cables even admit failure to produce actionable intelligence). [emphasis added.]

The biggest mystery in the released cables is whether Gina Haspel wrote Cable 11359, from December 1, 2002, which uses remarkably vivid language to describe the torture sessions: The interrogators “strode, catlike, into the well-lit confines of the cell at 0902 hrs [redacted], deftly removed the subject’s black hood with a swipe, paused, and in a deep, measured voice said that subject – having ‘calmed down’ after his (staged) run-in with his hulking, heavily muscled guards the previous day – should reveal what subject had done to vex his guards to the point of rage.”

Not only Haspel, but co-conspirators Burr and Warner need to be held accountable.
Those “gentlemen” from North Carolina and Virginia are now thoroughly discredited, not only as tools of the CIA, but also as co-conspirators in concealing documentary evidence of war crimes.
And still, many choose to trust their bizarre approach to “Russia-gate?”  Go figure.