Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

Latest Breaking News

Showing Original Post only (View all)


(60,536 posts)
Fri Jan 29, 2021, 07:49 AM Jan 2021

'The perfect target': Russia cultivated Trump as asset for 40 years - ex-KGB spy [View all]

Source: The Guardian

The KGB ‘played the game as if they were immensely impressed by his personality’, Yuri Shvets, a key source for a new book, tells the Guardian

David Smith in Washington
Fri 29 Jan 2021 03.00 EST

Donald Trump was cultivated as a Russian asset over 40 years and proved so willing to parrot anti-western propaganda that there were celebrations in Moscow, a former KGB spy has told the Guardian.

Yuri Shvets, posted to Washington by the Soviet Union in the 1980s, compares the former US president to “the Cambridge five”, the British spy ring that passed secrets to Moscow during the second world war and early cold war.

Now 67, Shvets is a key source for American Kompromat, a new book by journalist Craig Unger, whose previous works include House of Trump, House of Putin. The book also explores the former president’s relationship with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

“This is an example where people were recruited when they were just students and then they rose to important positions; something like that was happening with Trump,” Shvets said by phone on Monday from his home in Virginia.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/29/trump-russia-asset-claims-former-kgb-spy-new-book

48 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
It's unlikely Trump was the only one dlk Jan 2021 #1
+100000 Pachamama Jan 2021 #3
+++ agree. nt iluvtennis Jan 2021 #25
My family has discussed this for years. southerncrone Jan 2021 #43
They cast very wide nets Rural_Progressive Jan 2021 #24
Do you remember during Obama's term suddenly the GOP was very pro-Russia apnu Feb 2021 #48
Flattery will get you everywhere, Vladimir. Kid Berwyn Jan 2021 #2
Trump must have been so easy PatSeg Jan 2021 #4
Craig Unger talks about It. Kid Berwyn Jan 2021 #5
The Russians certainly know how to play the long game PatSeg Jan 2021 #7
McTurtle? Layzeebeaver Jan 2021 #6
From what we've witnessed the past four years PatSeg Jan 2021 #8
I'd add Ted Cruz, Lindsay Graham, and Josh Howley to that list. Initech Jan 2021 #20
Remember former Congressman Dana Rohrabacher PatSeg Jan 2021 #23
I live really close to his district. Initech Jan 2021 #26
And yet he served 30 years in congress PatSeg Jan 2021 #30
Oh he has to be on their payroll no question. Initech Jan 2021 #31
Oh yes, its like a Tom Clancy thriller PatSeg Jan 2021 #32
I'd say it's equal parts Tom Clancy and Wes Craven. Initech Jan 2021 #34
Oh yes PatSeg Jan 2021 #36
Chair of the House Intelligece Committee - nice catbird seat if he was BComplex Jan 2021 #37
Oh, how convenient PatSeg Jan 2021 #38
The other very effective side of this gambit is the American unwillingness to believe it. byronius Jan 2021 #9
+1 pandr32 Jan 2021 #17
Act on what we (royal) know? Our legal system is set up to play the waiting game Backseat Driver Jan 2021 #29
My opinion is this is some dude just trying to make some money off of Trump haters. Calista241 Jan 2021 #10
Spot on. Shvets and Unger is again stretching reality to fit the best selling lists... TomVilmer Jan 2021 #18
"the Russian Federation, under Yeltsin, was flat broke" PSPS Jan 2021 #22
but between then and now... Layzeebeaver Jan 2021 #33
You miss a couple of points... regnaD kciN Jan 2021 #40
Well, maybe Calista241 Jan 2021 #42
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!!! Ford_Prefect Jan 2021 #11
You know about that lavish palace on the Black Sea? I bet it's the trump family new dacha. erronis Jan 2021 #12
If so, it will only be so temporarily... regnaD kciN Jan 2021 #41
Now, if this can only be proven: Oldem Jan 2021 #13
trump was Putin's puppet for four years Gothmog Jan 2021 #14
This is why it should be a stipulation that before a candidate can be nominated they must be fully onetexan Jan 2021 #15
Oh, C'mon!! AZ8theist Jan 2021 #16
It simply isn't rational how Trump defended Russia/Putin at every turn. world wide wally Jan 2021 #19
I'm skeptical of most conspiracy theories, but I totally believe this one. Nitram Jan 2021 #21
Good grief, Charlie Brown! Backseat Driver Jan 2021 #27
Of course Bigredhunk Jan 2021 #28
I think Malcolm Nance bagimin Jan 2021 #35
K&R uppityperson Jan 2021 #39
What the Soviets and Russians needed most out of Trump is money laundering services jmowreader Jan 2021 #44
This message was self-deleted by its author Freelancer Jan 2021 #45
This is a great article nam78_two Jan 2021 #46
K&R ck4829 Feb 2021 #47
Latest Discussions»Latest Breaking News»'The perfect target': Rus...