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“Putin Hacked Our Coronavirus Vaccine” Is The Dumbest Story Yet

OMG you guys Putin hacked our coronavirus vaccine secrets!

Today mainstream media is reporting what is arguably the single dumbest Russiavape story of all time, against some very stiff competition.

“Russian hackers are targeting health care organizations in the West in an attempt to steal coronavirus vaccine research, the U.S. and Britain said,” reports The New York Times.

“Hackers backed by the Russian state are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world, Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said on Thursday,” Reuters reports.

“Russian news agency RIA cited spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying the Kremlin rejected London’s allegations, which he said were not backed by proper evidence,” adds Reuters.

I mean, there are just so many layers of stupid.

First of all, how many more completely unsubstantiated government agency allegations about Russian nefariousness are we the public going to accept from the corporate mass media? Since 2016 it’s been wall-to-wall narrative about evil things Russia is doing to the empire-like cluster of allies loosely centralized around the United States, and they all just happen to be things nobody can actually provide the public with hard verifiable evidence of.

Ever since the shady cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike admitted that it never actually saw hard proof of Russia hacking the DNC servers, the already shaky and always unsubstantiated narrative that Russian hackers interfered in the US presidential election in 2016 has been on thinner ice than ever. Yet because the mass media converged on this narrative and repeated it as fact over and over again they’ve been able to get the mainstream headline-skimming public to accept it as an established truth, priming them for an increasingly idiotic litany of completely unsubstantiated Russia scandals, culminating most recently in the entirely debunked claim that Russia paid Taliban-linked fighters to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Secondly, the news story doesn’t even claim that these supposed Russian hackers even succeeded in doing whatever they were supposed to have been doing in this supposed cyberattack.

“Officials have not commented on whether the attacks were successful but also have not ruled out that this is the case,” Wired reports.

Thirdly, this is a “vaccine” which does not even exist at this point in time, and the research which was supposedly hacked may never lead to one. Meanwhile, Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University reports that it has “successfully completed tests on volunteers of the world’s first vaccine against coronavirus,” in Russia.

Fourthly, and perhaps most importantly, how obnoxious and idiotic is it that coronavirus vaccine “secrets” are a even a thing??? This is a global pandemic which is hurting all of us; scientists should be free to collaborate with other scientists anywhere in the world to find a solution to this problem. Nobody has any business keeping “secrets” from the world about this virus or any possible vaccine or treatment. If they do, anyone in the world is well within their rights to pry those secrets away from them.

This intensely stupid story comes out at the same time British media are blaring stories about Russian interference in the 2019 election, which if you actually listen carefully to the claims being advanced amounts to literally nothing more than the assertion that Russians talked about already leaked documents pertaining to the UK’s healthcare system on the internet.

“Russian actors ‘sought to interfere’ in last winter’s general election by amplifying an illicitly acquired NHS dossier that was seized upon by Labour during the campaign, the foreign secretary has said,” reports The Guardian.

“Amplifying”. That’s literally all there is to this story. As we learned with the ridiculous US Russiagate narrative, Russia “amplifying” something in such allegations can mean anything from RT reporting on a major news story to a Twitter account from St Petersburg sharing an article from The Washington Post. Even the foreign secretary’s claim itself explicitly admits that “there is no evidence of a broad spectrum Russian campaign against the General Election”.

“The statement is so foggy and contradictory that it is almost impossible to understand it,” responded Russia’s foreign ministry to the allegations. “If it’s inappropriate to say something then don’t say it. If you say it, produce the facts.”

Instead of producing facts you’ve got the Murdoch press pestering Jeremy Corbyn on his doorstep over this ridiculous non-story, and popular right-wing outlets like Guido Fawkes running the blatantly false headline “Government Confirms Corbyn Used Russian-Hacked Documents in 2019 Election”. The completely bogus allegation that the NHS documents came to Jeremy Corbyn by way of Russian hackers is not made anywhere in the article itself, but for the headline-skimming majority this makes no difference. And headline skimmers get as many votes as people who read and think critically.

All this new cold war Russia hysteria is turning people’s brains into guacamole. We’ve got to find a way to snap out of the propaganda trance so we can start creating a world that is based on truth and a desire for peace.

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2020/07/17/putin-hacked-our-coronavirus-vaccine-is-the-dumbest-story-yet/

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John Ellis
July 20, 2020

Russia is now ahead of even China in developing a vaccine for Covid 19.
Now If Russia would require all nursing homes to serve only a vegetarian diet, a 10% fat whole foods diet unprocessed by man or animal, surely such preventive medicine would make any virus vaccine obsolete.

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Reply to  John Ellis
July 20, 2020

Whale blubber’s my choice. Ever heard of a whale catching cold?

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The Ever Expanding Twilight Zone
July 20, 2020

Somebody’s hacked these folks brains. Could be Putin maybe, but not in the way they think. My bet’s on Pompeo and his CIA Hatchetmen along with Rabid Raab and his MI6 Merry Pranksters, locked in perpetual solidarity by way of Mister MSM Goo.

Olivia Kroth
July 20, 2020

Russia’s Ambassador Andrei Kelin in London is setting the record straight (BBC Interview):

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 20, 2020

Thanks for the interview.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
July 22, 2020

You are welcome, Smoking Eagle. I found it very interesting how the Russian Ambassador used diplomatic language until the very end, although the interviewer was quite pressing with not very polite questions. And all of it in rather good English. I wonder, if the British Ambassador to Moscow speaks good Russian.

I think that the British media’s attitude is very nasty towards Russia. It must be a difficult, maybe even a dangerous job, being the Russian Ambassador in London. I do not envy Mr. Kelin.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 22, 2020

I believe that this is happening because UK politics follow US politics slavishly. Another reason is jealousy and envy. The British have lost all their colonies and are just another little island, with a rather bad economy and practically no natural resources, while the Russian Federation is a huge country, doing well economically, and with an enormous reservoir with plenty of resources.

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Tick Tock
Tick Tock
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 23, 2020

Well, Raab Does mean slave in Russian. It’s probably fate at work.

Tick Tock
Tick Tock
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 23, 2020

To the BBC? Useless act. They’ll either redact the relevant bits or manipulate them for effect. Russia should just close its embassies in the UK down now. They ARE at war with Ru.

Olivia Kroth
July 20, 2020

The Moscow Times:

Russian Envoy Denies Moscow Helped Hackers Target Virus Vaccine

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/19/russian-envoy-denies-moscow-helped-hackers-target-virus-vaccine-a70918

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 20, 2020

“Hacking” seems to be a word that a lot of people use without understanding what it means. I found this description: “To better describe hacking, one needs to first understand hackers. One can easily assume them to be intelligent and highly skilled in computers. In fact, breaking a security system requires more intelligence and expertise than actually creating one. There are no hard and fast rules whereby we can categorize hackers into neat compartments. However, in general computer parlance, we call them white hats, black hats and grey hats. White hat professionals hack to check their own security systems to… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
July 20, 2020

TASS:

Russian anti-coronavirus vaccine tests yielding good results

https://tass.com/society/1179777

Tick Tock
Tick Tock
July 23, 2020

True or not, why are you even hoarding your virus research to begin with, you greedy pricks.

Pompeo: “It’s for the good of humanity. We are the caretakers of the golden ark of the covenant. God has entrusted us, so must you.” 😉

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