Sunday, November 05, 2017

Paradise Papers: Leaked documents link Trump's Commerce Secretary to Putin cronies

Paradise Papers: Leaked documents link Trump's Commerce Secretary to Putin cronies

"Mr Ross continues to hold a stake in a shipping company that has a multi-million-dollar deal with a Russian firm part-owned by Putin cronies currently subject to US sanctions."

I have a theory. Now this is not a Mr. Spock exercise in logic, but rather a Captain Kirk "hunch."

I am starting to suspect that Putin himself is behind the leaks. Why? Because his support for Trump was predicated on the easing or removal of Russian sanctions, and that's not in the cards.

If Putin is truly a criminal mastermind, and I think he is, he works just like the Mafia. He ties in important politicians, not by threats, but by bribes and sweetheart deals under the table, deals that will make the politicians ungodly amounts of money, but also deals that they would not want the public to know about. Then, if there is no expected quid for the quo, he is perfectly comfortable in letting the details of the deals be released. He has nothing to lose, for everyone already knows he is dangerous and corrupt, but the politicians have everything to lose.

In fact, by dumping documents that implicate people close to Trump, he could be firing a shot across Trump's bow, implying that the next batch may take down the sails.

As I said, it's just a wacky theory.

But tell me you'd be surprised if it were correct.

11 comments:

  1. the mere implication of impropriety.....

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  2. Wow. The Office of Government Ethics. Wouldn't that constitute either a contradiction in terms or an outright lie?

    I find it amazing that the dump consisted of THIRTEEN point FOUR MILLION documents and these people managed to find the documents that mentioned this guy - out of all those others... I am impressed.

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  3. This is still a hunch, but it does hang together well internally and with Trump refusing to release his taxes.

    I'm not so sure Putin is a total mastermind, though. America's not going to just drop all trade barriers with Russia in any big hurry.

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    1. Why should we? The USSR was an ally in WW1 and then an enemy in WW2 and the Cold War. Now Russia is a sort of in-between, oftentimes playing the cool, level head in between North Korea and US.

      The important thing to remember is that Politics Is Perception. If something APPEARS to be either positive or negative, the people will almost always go for the negative view. After all, ALL politicians are corrupt, right?

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    2. Dude, unless you're a German the USSR was an ally in WW2

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    3. Yup. Russia was a WW2 ally.

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    4. Ok, misread that. I stand corrected.

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    5. I'm not saying we *should*,just that Trump will promise anything, never expecting to have to deliver.

      Either Putin is playing a long game - where Trump is just one part of his plan - or he's dim enough to think having Trump and a few other guys by the balls (which probably sounds like a fun Friday night to him) will gain concessions for Russia.

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    6. I think he may already be succeeding:

      https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/25/16548688/trump-administration-delaying-russia-sanctions

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  4. Some people are clueless. In WWI, Soviet Russia signed a peace treaty with Germany. Treaty of Brest-Litovsk Anyone.

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    1. True. But technically it's correct to call Russia a WW1 ally of the States in the sense that the USA and Russia were both fighting against Kaiser Bill for a few months. The USA formally entered the war in the spring of 1917, although no troops arrived for a few more months. Russia did not sign an armistice with Germany until December, shortly after the ten days that shook the world, and even then various disputes on the terms meant that Russians and Germans actually resumed fighting in February of 1918 for a while, at least until B-L was signed.

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