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The Russian Foreign Ministry has called America’s actions unprecedented and aggressive.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The planned searches in the Russian diplomatic compounds in the United States is viewed in Moscow as an unprecedented and aggressive action, initiated by US intelligence to organise provocations, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

Earlier in the day, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Minister-Counselor at the US Embassy in Moscow Anthony Godfrey to receive a protest note amid the plans to conduct searches in the Russian Trade Representation in the United States.

“The note stresses that the planned illicit searches of Russian diplomatic compounds in the absence of Russian officials and threats to break the entrance door is viewed as an unprecedented and aggressive action, which, by the way, can be used by US intelligence services to organize an anti-Russian provocation with the help of planted compromising items,” the ministry said in a statement.

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BobValdez
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Of course that is what it is for. It is a DIRECT provocation! The us MUST start a war with SOMEONE NOW! No war means financial and economic collapse and the end of the empire.

Kaput
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Kaput

ahhha they trying to bait an ex KGB a officer………….. how cute……… he has lots of patience, who cares about a consulate………… lol, Putin has better fish to fry

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Patience AND brains. In fact, every US provocation seems to backfire and make Russia stronger and more respected in the world. His life-long judo training has taught him much.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Yes. They are trying to create the PRETEXT for the COURSE OF ACTION they have already decided they are taking. They Have No More Cards Left to Play. They are out of options. 1. They are MAXED out on their credit card with NO EASY way to get another loan. (War is the only 100% way to automatically increase the U.$. debt limit with the Rothschild Fed.) 2. Investors a fleeing the U.$. market. (Even the Rothschilds have begun to diversify out of the U.$ and western market into South America and Asia.) 3. A series of Natural Disasters have… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

It sounds like you must watch and read all the same resources that I do. I think your 8 points are pretty much spot on. Not sure I’m on board with no. 3, though, the ‘more to come’ bit?

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Great Expectations: Re No.3. Number three is an examination of climatic and seismic cycles. The U.$ has had a lull of geological seismic events in the West, There has been no ‘major’ earthquake on the Western Seaboard for a quarter of a century; and no ‘catastrophic’ movements for more than a century. The Ring of Fire has been very active all over the world for the last decade; from Chili, to New Zealand, Indonesia, and Japan. The U.$. Western Seaboard is the only ‘region’ not to suffer a catastrophic event in living memory (the 1800’s San Francisco quake is… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Ah yes, the Ring of Fire, I see where you’re coming from now. Totally agree with you.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

I think we may read many of the same things. It would be good to get a ‘recommended reading list’ from you. It’s hard filtering out all the Fake News that is cluttering the place up. Maybe we could put one together..?

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

As long as you’re not a CIA agent, looking for sites for Googgle to block ;). Never forget, we’re being watched on here and there are only a few of us, so it’s easy.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Great Expectations: Re CIA. Yes, your right. But for those of us living in a dream land, its too late. We are ALL already on a CIA ‘threat watch’ list. We have said the wrong things in public. And this is a U.$. website. We are ALL on the list already. Re websites. Hmmm… How to create a recommended reading list without jeopardizing the security of the website we want to recommend../ I’m not sure. Most of us have similar tastes I believe. There are a couple of UkroNazis trying to sabotage things and take pleasure flaming people with… Read more »

BobValdez
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BobValdez

(thumbs up) 🙂

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

BUT war with Russia and China rather than countries without a nuclear deterrent in reality means a US wasteland .

BobValdez
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BobValdez

So be it. If that is what they want, give it to them in spades.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

I have also come to the same conclusion whether I live or die.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor
Punisher 1
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Punisher 1

Talk is useless,actions need to be taken instead. The US clearly believes they are beyond international law. Its time to show them they aren’t. The best step would be to close permanently all US consulates in Russia. Confine diplomatic services to Moscow alone. And close all the Russian consulates in the US. Only use the Embassy in Washington DC. The UN Mission is a separate situation. If the US wants to interfere there,then the UN will need to be moved out of the US to solve that problem. If Russia and hopefully China was to threaten to withdraw from the… Read more »

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

The UN does seem to be just another layer in the “Anglo-Zionist Consummate Cant” described by Nietzsche. They, at best, have delayed the inevitable showdown of the Good part of the Planet against the part that merely calls itself ‘good’, because no one else will.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

The US regime already has a bill awaiting passage to get the US out of the UN and to remove the UN from US territory….Russia and China might be best to wait and see what happens with this bill, since the US is imploding on all fronts including this one.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-23/congressman-introduces-bill-withdraw-us-united-nations

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Also true …

Kathryn Bondoux
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Kathryn Bondoux

I agree with you. The MilitaryIndustrial complex wants and needs a war. Why because they profit from it. So they keep poking the bear and the bear is getting tired of it. There has been No proof of any wrong doing by Russia but look what we have done to them. Surrounding them with UN ships and trying to get Ukraine to become a UN. What do you think we would do if the reverse happened.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Brilliant idea!

Simon
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Simon

Well, not much one can do against such threats. But I would suggest DON’T open the doors and get the RT team down there plus others, also offer $2000 reward to best alt-media video of the US breaking in and violating diplomatic premises.
That should play well, worldwide.

william D' Altruist
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william D' Altruist

I’d do it for $10,000/ I’d have to use hidden go pros on my person, and triangulate at least 3 more manipulating the camera’s via computer. They’ll seal the street off at the very least… difficult situation. Can’t emagine press being allowed anywhere near the places(s). Someone should be set up already in building(s) across the street…if they’re clever… however this won’t be easy as well. The neighborhood will be absolutely swarming with CIA & secret service. This a very,very, high level security situation & absolute madness. I’m seriously wanting to leave the U.S. A type mass hysteria has affected… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I think you mean, “martial law”.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

“Someone should be set up already in building(s) across the street…if they’re clever… however this won’t be easy as well.”

It was easy enough when the Muellers and Comeys and Soroses of the day murdered the LAST President of the USA – J F Kennedy.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

I am waiting to see international coverage of the US’s threats/actions….so far all they are mentioning is the closing and not the US’s illegal searches.

Simon
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Simon

UPDATE – Russia were much smarter then my idea. They let the RT guys film inside their empty diplomatic properties before the search.
No one will believe there was any ‘gotcha’ document left behind.

Brilliant. You have to give these guys credit when it is due.

André De Koning
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André De Koning

Have they called for a special UNSC session yet on this unprecedented, unlawful move? Could they expand on the endless breaches of international laws and principles or do we all now have to accept that these have become irrelevant at the UN?

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

I think you are rather native, believing the UNSC can accomplish anything. It is an agency run by the US for the US.

André De Koning
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André De Koning

Yes, I think you are right, but thought they could possibly show them for what they are or blatantly express is at the UN and keep on challenging it so people can see it for what it is. Probably useless whatever one does.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

More often than not, I have the feeling the UNSC is just there to rubber-stamp whatever the US does. And same goes for israel.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Jews and Zionists are ‘special’ people they are not bound by the silly UN rules for the Goyim. 🙂

Rollo10
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Rollo10

The UN was created to produce NWO, One World Government, just as the EU was. In 1917 the War to end all Wars ended, but the objective [Russia] remained so the Zionists sent in Stalin and his ‘Bolsheviks’, when this failed, they used Hitlers ambition to start WW2, this too failed when the Russians defeated the German army in Russia. They then broke up the ‘League of Nations’ and introduced United Nations, who have been acting as a ‘World Government’, introducing laws against Sovereign people Koyoto, UN Agenda 21, UN Agenda 2030, Paris Climate Agreement…….Far to many UN-ELECTED bodies are… Read more »

André De Koning
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André De Koning

Soon BRICS and independence of the petro dollar might change things as this anti-Russia nonsense does not reach far anymore.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

And US actions seem to suggest their desperation. The best hope must be that their desperate acts don’t cause any great, long-lasting harm to the rest of us and they are eventually put out of their misery.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Yes!

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Rollo10 re “Far to many UN-ELECTED bodies are making laws against Sovereign people! UN, EU, IMF, BIS, WHO all protected by NATO.” Yes. It’s time for BRICS to expand. Set up a defacto “Supervisory Group” based on the Astana talks with the purpose being for promoting independent economic cooperation; with individuals “elected” (not nominated) by ‘opposing’ governments so that the representative of the Government they are Representing has no say in the issues that they are supposed to represent. This is under the philosophical premise that anyone who Wants to Be Leader, is ineligible to be leader because they… Read more »

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

Two can play at that game.

Simon
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Simon

Just two Sean? The US has almost 300 embassies and consulates around the world.
Apparently these are the new ‘rules’ which apply to them.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Yes. These are the new rules. The U.$. reserves the right to force their way into any embassy in the world to search for evidence of crime by any country they have deemed as an Enemy of U.$. interests. This is the key term here most people will miss. U.$. INTERESTS. This is the justification. A threat to THEIR Interests. They are protecting their INTERESTS. Interests may include anything from the Oil Contract EXON hoped to sign in the Sudan; to Boeing’s “failed” bid to win a plane sales deal somewhere in Asia, to suring up U.$. reserve currency status… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The shadow government does seem to have finally been exposed to be that insane. Someone is going to fly in Nero with his violin soon.

WalkinTheWalk
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WalkinTheWalk

“Babylon is Fallen.” Listen. As early as 4 December. What comes next, it would seem, is nowise pleasant for the naive, gullible, wishful worldwide … however.

Andrew Pate
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Andrew Pate

Wow 300 Embassies and yet 900 military bases to protect freedon and democracy American style. Sounds very much like a peace loving country.

ghartwell
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We are living in history. How does it feel, to see America take the world down the path to war? We are living witnesses to the provocative and illegal actions of the American government. I fear how silly and childish and totally irrelevant America will look if and when the time comes when she does not just collapse economically, and in reputation but her infrastructure gets destroyed and cities infected with Biological warfare attacks. This type of action is both pathetic and deeply frightening in the face of how close you are to destruction.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

The US has always done this. But they were usually better masked. I think this may be the last time.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Judging by the mass looting in Houston and the flooded areas, the US would truly revert to its past and become a Wild West with ‘Mad Max’ type figures terrorising all who survived the nuclear attacks.

Its rather funny 🙂

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Florian: “It’s rather funny.” I used to think the same; but then I started meeting and talking to some Americans. Lots of them are really nice everyday people, and many are just as horrified as us ‘aliens’ of what is happening in Washington and Wall Street. America has been pillaged by the Ruling Class and DeepState to such a degree that it is just a shell of what it once was; and it’s the poor unfortunate everyday American whom has lost their home; has no health insurance; is out of work or on an entirely insufficient disability pension after… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

I second that. And I feel the same about we British, who seem hated by some people for what the elite did to them in the past. Well, the elite did it to us too.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Great– they did and still do it to us all — control the banks and leaders of most countries throughout the world– own and exploit their natural resources, their big corps everywhere, GMO everywhere… the list goes on and on, but for sure, they have their dirty fingers in every big pie… Local traitors in every country, part of their global club– all colours of the rainbow too.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

I concur with all that you say. However ONLY the US people can remove the parasites that now control their lives. The American people who want real change have to walk out from their Safe Spaces and stand tall. This will involve many of them losing their lives to the Zio Marxist storm troopers .
The alternative is de facto slavery with debt, actual slavery in US jails (+ Fema Camps) and complete penury for others.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

What you say is real– but they’ve never had to endure a world war on their soil– their government just continues their falsely created wars all over the world– the blood of millions of innocents on their hands all these wars on behalf of the Zio’s. But as you say, if Americans want to save their land and have a future, they will have to set their differences aside and hit the streets nationally– en masse– yes and be prepared to die while securing the futures of their children and country from those who are bent on not only US… Read more »

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

It is encouraging that so many around the globe are able to converse and learn that we are not alone in shunning US/EU policies of terror.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

On the other hand, we must consider the American people, as they too– are as controlled (perhaps even more so), been subjected to brainwashing for many decades, along with most western allied countries too– actually it applies to most nations throughout the world– their reserve banks, Rothschilds owned, their leaders often freemasons– virtual proxies really, as they must tow the line and in exchange receive all the freebies which go with such “honours.” — while living like kings, they’ve betrayed their people– sold their respective countries down the tube. Its a fact of life all over the world– people have… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The ordinary American people are not responsible for how silly and childish the ruling men are. But these ruling men are profoundly incompetent and stupid and only succeed because of their absolute power. I watched a YT video of JFK’s assassination recently and the incompetence of these US traitors was breathtaking. But they still got away with it, didn’t they? For decades, until no one felt strongly enough about it anymore to ponder what they had done, even though many people now know he was not murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald (I’m British, by the way.). The economic collapse predicted… Read more »

Филипп
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Филипп

You definitely didn’t look at Russia when it took Europe down the path of war, starting invasive war in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova.

Rollo10
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Rollo10

You have been listening to the US propaganda machine. Russia didn’t invade Ukraine, they attacked Georgia after America set the little state up and they didn’t attack Moldova, that was done by NATO > http://thesaker.is/failed-nato-invasion-of-moldova-sitrep-by-scott/

Филипп
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Филипп

You are literally citing russian propaganda machine. In your fairy world US propaganda occupied Crimea and shot down civilian airliner.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

‘When you point the finger of blame at others, there are three fingers pointing back at you.’ That’s an old, old elitist saying, that was taught to me by an acquaintance, who had grown up knowing these men.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Don’t mind him …. If he is not into seeking the truth with an open and fair mind, he will sadly come to feel the pain, as so many of us have experienced and still do~! That is why we are here– in a safe harbour, finding the truth behind the shameless western fake news lies, we’re constantly bombarded with.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

You put that well.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Philip, you don’t believe what you have said. Anyone who finds the Duran has already swallowed the red pill and knows what is really happening. Or, they have been directed to the Duran by someone else? So, why are you here?

Филипп
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Филипп

Oh so this is a tinfoil hatters community. I get it now, disregard anything that I said before.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Since when has the US given a $hit about any compliance with anything.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I think that was established with the first treaty with the Native Americans.

Guy
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Guy

So typical.The US is losing credibility and scrambling to demonize Russia in any way they can .At least Russia knows what they are up to.

WalkinTheWalk
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WalkinTheWalk

“U.S.” equals “Deep State” that is “controlled” by whom, where … it is not clear for good reason (but absolute control since the removal of last American President, John F. Kennedy) RIP

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The US is run by gangsters; real gangsters. The same gangsters that organised the killing of JFK. So rules don’t apply to them and never have.

Guy
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Guy

It is run by the mafia.Not necessarily the Italian mafia,although they are still part of it.”Operation Gladio ” by Paul L.Williams .It is a mafia that has morphed , now with world wide tentacles .Drugs , prostitution ,money laundering , big banks ,big business , CIA , Mossad , Vatican and on and on.It is not a pretty picture .

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Yes, I watched a three hour long YT video the other day, Francis Connolly’s ‘ From JFK to 911: Everything is a rich man’s trick’. Interesting because, unusually, he is English (so much geopolitics begins and ends in America) and I’d never heard of him but I found something somewhere that described him as a school history teacher in the past. There was both praise and condemnation for what he had to say but it was worth watching, I thought. The reason I mention it is because he stressed the idea that the US mafia were heavily involved in his… Read more »

K Walker
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K Walker

After going through Russiagate for over a year, I think Russia should fear the planting of evidence, as should the American pubic. I agree that the RT press or trusted witnesses with cameras should be around this building 24/7. San Francisco has lost its way but I do not think these orders came from the City government.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Any ‘evidence’ from this outrage will have as much value as the ‘evidence’ of tortured innocents at Guantanamo Bay.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Yes. The chances of FABRICATED evidence being planted are high. Everyone, including law enforcement knows that ‘if a criminal’ suspect they someone may be onto them or about to ‘bust them’ then they will destroy the evidence to avoid incrimination. Now, this isn’t to suppose that Russia is guilty of ‘election meddling’ like the U.$. is with countless countries over the years; but I probable don’t need to point out that the prospect that the U.$. Law Enforcement services ARE coming into the building will 100% guarantee that ‘any evidence’ that was there will 100% be destroyed. So, any evidence… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

How about booby trapping the building? If no one has the right to be there than they get whatever is coming to them no.???

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Brilliant! Do you want to make them nuclear? you know, just the tactical kind the U.S. has used in Syria (and Yemen? or was that the Zionist entity?).

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Nah, just your average house/garden/kitchen variety boobytrap will do, just to send a message😁

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

I imagine that is something the US regime might do to the building….blow it up while the FBI and gang are “searching” the building then blame it on Russia, saying they set the bombs. Who in the US population would not accept it as their MSM pushes it as a “reason” for all out war with Russia?

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Very Machiavellian..yikes

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

But a true possibility from the masters at the game of false flags!

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Yes I know and that scares the hell out of me.

tjoes
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tjoes

gasoline is simple and effective

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

You just know, there will be false flags planted there today!!!!!! Beat them at their own game, the slime-balls!!!! Can’t wait to see Trumps involvement, hypocrite!!!

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“Can’t wait to see Trumps involvement”

Apparently it was Trump himself that ordered the closing: https://sputniknews.com/politics/201709011056979584-trump-consulate-general-closed-himself/

tjoes
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tjoes

Trump is a liar….who said his Kol Nidre prayers

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Trump could have been: genuine and overthrown; a Trojan horse from the beginning; or a modern day Faustus. There are so many conflicting ideas and facts about what he has said and done over the past couple of years, it’s impossible to say. But, what really matters are the outcomes, not his motives. Debates about his motives are a deliberate distraction, to stop people looking in the right direction for answers to what is happening, what will happen, and who are responsible.

Aurelio Ferdinand
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Aurelio Ferdinand

Its the ”Deep State” working at the behest of the ”Zionist/Global Cabal” centered around the British (Brutish) Monarchy.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Aureio: re: Its the ”Deep State” working at the behest of the ”Zionist/Global Cabal”

Yes. Bibi just came back empty handed from Sochi (Со́чи) after grovelling to Putin. It didn’t go very well. So, time to ‘up the ante.’

There will be may ‘pretexts’ ‘discovered’ around the globe. I thought the ‘750 billion email addresses that were hacked’ was one of the ‘Russia Did It’ campaigns, but no one has proffered that in the media yet (give it time though).

Desperation levels are rising in the U.$. and IsraHell. Things are not going well for them.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Orwellian Law is about to be implemented. Your communications are being monitored in violations of state and international law. The U.$. DeepState is about to force their way into the private premises of a country they have CLASSIFY is the ENEMY and written as such into law. They have already decided there WILL BE NO PEACE, and blocked the highest office of the land from pursuing such an objective. The U.$. DeepState are going to LOOK for evidence of a crime, without supervision; in breach of international law, without any independent party to examine their actions; and without any legal… Read more »

André De Koning
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André De Koning

So true, time for Bitcoin although I would not know where to start buying it safely. Do you?

Michelxya
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Michelxya

America is a terrorist. How long will it take before the world understands.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

I don’t think the tipping point will ever be reached.

Michelxya
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Michelxya

I think the tipping point is already in the past 😉

Cale
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Cale

There is not much diplomacy possibilities left for Russia to talk to Washington. It seems that US politicians have become insane.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Desperate men do desperate things. Fortunately, Putin and Lavrov are wise.

Sara Bridge Reinhardt
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Sara Bridge Reinhardt

what the whole anti-russia sentiment is about in the intel agencies is that the deep state is threatened by a possible joint frce for good that US and Russia could and would be: two giant CHristian nations working together could rid the world of the deep state pedos obombya was pissed of when Putin was a real man, and obombya was not; because Putin would not accept the politcal agenda of gay rights, he became an “outsider” to be destroyed: Ukraine takeover vy fascists, border aggresson by NATO,NOTHING TOO EVIL TO PUT rUSSIA IN BAD LIGHT GOD WILL REDUCE THESE… Read more »

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

That is the first thought which concerned me too… planting fake evidence…

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Re Several Posts Below. About 2006 there was a news article on ABC Australia News TV and it was about the then elect President Bill Clinton giving an award to the NSA. The award was for “providing intelligence to U.$. industry which helped secure Boeing winning a contract against the Brazilian Airline Industry. After this example of how U.$. Government Secret Intelligence Services could be used to successfully promote U.$. industry over the industries of foreign countries, a bill was passed (and I don’t know what number it was, the news didn’t go into that), requiring the U.$. intelligence agencies… Read more »

disqus_1Op5S8jvui
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disqus_1Op5S8jvui

Russia shall search all US facilities in Russia.

AlexanderAmproz
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AlexanderAmproz

It’s ironic to say,

but Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and China saved the “Free World”

from the US insatiable thirst to Colonize the World !

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May invited the leaders of parliamentary parties to meet with her individually, beginning on Wednesday evening.

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Responding to the vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that the House had “emphatically” rejected May’s deal on Tuesday. The government, he said, must now remove “clearly once and for all the prospect of the catastrophe of a no-deal Brexit from the EU and all the chaos that would result from that.”

Labour will now have to consider what move to make next. Their official Brexit policy, decided by members at conference in September, states that if a general election cannot be forced, then all options should be left on the table, including calling for a second referendum.

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Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


The situation in Syria evolves daily and sees two situations very closely linked to each other, with the US withdrawal from Syria and the consequent expansionist ambitions of Erdogan in Syria and the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) takeover in Idlib that frees the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian aviation to liberate the de-escalation zone.

Trump has promised to destroy Turkey economically if he attacks the Kurds, reinforcing his claim that Erdogan will not target the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) once the US withdraws from the area. One of the strongest accusations made against Trump’s withdrawal by his opponents is that no Middle Eastern force will ever trust the US again if they abandon the SDF to its fate, that is, to its annihilation at the hands of the Turkish army and its FSA proxies. This, however, is not possible; not so much because of Trump’s economic threats, but because of Damascus and Moscow being strongly opposed to any Turkish military action in the northeast of Syria.

This is a red line drawn by Putin and Assad, and the Turkish president likely understands the consequences of any wrong moves. It is no coincidence that he stated several times that he had no problems with the “Syrians or Syrian-Kurdish brothers”, and repeated that if the area under the SDF were to come under the control of Damascus, Turkey would have no need to intervene in Syria. Trump’s request that Ankara have a buffer zone of 20 kilometers separating the Kurdish and Turkish forces seems to complement the desire of Damascus and Moscow to avoid a clash between the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the SDF.

The only party that seems to be secretly encouraging a clash between the SDF and Turkish forces is Israel, criticizing Ankara and singing the praises of the SDF, in order to try and accentuate the tensions between the two sides, though naturally without success. Israel’s continued raids in Syria, though almost constantly failing due to Syrian air defense, and the divide-and-rule policy used against Turkey and the SDF, show that Tel Aviv is now weakened and mostly irrelevant in the Syrian conflict.

In Idlib, the situation seems to be becoming less complicated and difficult to decipher. Russia, Iran and Syria had asked Erdogan to take control of the province through its “moderate jihadists”, sit down at the negotiating table, and resolve the matter through a diplomatic solution. Exactly the opposite happened. The HTS (formerly al-Nusra/al-Qaeda in Syria) has in recent weeks conquered practically the whole province of Idlib, with numerous forces linked to Turkey (Ahrar al-Sham and Nour al-Din al-Zenki) dissolving and merging into HTS. This development puts even more pressure on Erdogan, who is likely to see his influence in Idlib fade away permanently. Moreover, this evolution represents a unique opportunity for Damascus and Moscow to start operations in Idlib with the genuine justification of combating terrorism. It is a repeat of what happened in other de-escalation areas. Moscow and Damascus have repeatedly requested the moderates be separated from the terrorists, so as to approach the situation with a diplomatic negotiation.

In the absence of an effective division of combatants, all are considered terrorists, with the military option replacing the diplomatic. This remains the only feasible option to free the area from terrorists who are not willing to give back territory to the legitimate government in Damascus and are keeping civilians hostages. The Idlib province seems to have experienced the same playbook applied in other de-escalation zones, this time with a clear contrast between Turkey and Saudi Arabia that shows how the struggle between the two countries is much deeper than it appears. The reasons behind the Khashoggi case and the diplomatic confrontation between Qatar and Saudi Arabia were laid bare in the actions of the HTS in Idlib, which has taken control of all the areas previously held by Ankara’s proxies.

It remains to be seen whether Moscow and Damascus would like to encourage Erdogan to recover Idlib through its proxies, trying to encourage jihadists to fight each other as much as possible in order to lighten the task of the SAA, or whether they would prefer to press the advantage themselves and attack while the terrorist front is experiencing internal confusion.

In terms of occupied territory and accounts to be settled, two areas of great importance for the future of Syria remain unresolved, namely al-Tanf, occupied by US forces on the Syrian-Jordanian border, and the area in the north of Syria occupied by Turkish forces and their FSA proxies. It is too early to approach a solution militarily, it being easier for Damascus and Moscow to complete the work to free Syria from the remaining terrorists. Once this has been done, the presence of US or Turkish forces in Syria, whether directly or indirectly, would become all the more difficult to justify. Driving away the US and, above all, Turkey from Syrian territory will be the natural next step in the Syrian conflict.

This is an unequivocal sign that the war of aggression against Syria is winding up, and this can be observed by the opening of a series of new embassies in Damascus. Several countries — including Italy in the near future — will reopen their embassies in Syria to demonstrate that the war, even if not completely over, is effectively won by Damascus and her allies.

For this reason, several countries that were previously opposed to Damascus, like the United Arab Emirates, are understood to have some kind of contact with the government of Damascus. If they intend to become involved in the reconstruction process and any future investment, they will quite naturally need to re-establish diplomatic relations with Damascus. The Arab League is also looking to welcome Syria back into the fold.

Such are signs that Syria is returning to normality, without forgetting which and how many countries have conspired and acted directly against the Syrians for over seven years. An invitation to the Arab League or some embassy being reopened will not be enough to compensate for the damage done over years, but Assad does not preclude any option, and is in the meantime demonstrating to the Israelis, Saudis and the US Deep State that their war has failed and that even their most loyal allies are resuming diplomatic relations with Damascus, a double whammy against the neocons, Wahhabis and Zionists.

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The existence of the blacklist was revealed in an internal Google discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News.

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In sworn testimony, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Congress last month that his company does not “manually intervene” on any particular search result. Yet an internal discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News reveals Google regularly intervenes in search results on its YouTube video platform – including a recent intervention that pushed pro-life videos out of the top ten search results for “abortion.”

The term “abortion” was added to a “blacklist” file for “controversial YouTube queries,” which contains a list of search terms that the company considers sensitive. According to the leak, these include some of these search terms related to: abortion, abortions, the Irish abortion referendum, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and anti-gun activist David Hogg.

The existence of the blacklist was revealed in an internal Google discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News by a source inside the company who wishes to remain anonymous. A partial list of blacklisted terms was also leaked to Breitbart by another Google source.

In the leaked discussion thread, a Google site reliability engineer hinted at the existence of more search blacklists, according to the source.

“We have tons of white- and blacklists that humans manually curate,” said the employee. “Hopefully this isn’t surprising or particularly controversial.”

Others were more concerned about the presence of the blacklist. According to the source, the software engineer who started the discussion called the manipulation of search results related to abortion a “smoking gun.”

The software engineer noted that the change had occurred following an inquiry from a left-wing Slate journalist about the prominence of pro-life videos on YouTube, and that pro-life videos were replaced with pro-abortion videos in the top ten results for the search terms following Google’s manual intervention.

“The Slate writer said she had complained last Friday and then saw different search results before YouTube responded to her on Monday,” wrote the employee. “And lo and behold, the [changelog] was submitted on Friday, December 14 at 3:17 PM.”

The manually downranked items included several videos from Dr. Antony Levatino, a former abortion doctor who is now a pro-life activist. Another video in the top ten featured a woman’s personal story of being pressured to have an abortion, while another featured pro-life conservative Ben Shapiro. The Slate journalist who complained to Google reported that these videos previously featured in the top ten, describing them in her story as “dangerous misinformation.”

Since the Slate journalist’s inquiry and Google’s subsequent intervention, the top search results now feature pro-abortion content from left-wing sources like BuzzFeed, Vice, CNN, and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. In her report, the Slate journalist acknowledged that the search results changed shortly after she contacted Google.

The manual adjustment of search results by a Google-owned platform contradicts a key claim made under oath by Google CEO Sundar Pichai in his congressional testimony earlier this month: that his company does not “manually intervene on any search result.”

A Google employee in the discussion thread drew attention to Pichai’s claim, noting that it “seems like we are pretty eager to cater our search results to the social and political agenda of left-wing journalists.”

One of the posts in the discussion also noted that the blacklist had previously been edited to include the search term “Maxine Waters” after a single Google employee complained the top YouTube search result for Maxine Waters was “very low quality.”

Google’s alleged intervention on behalf of a Democratic congresswoman would be further evidence of the tech giant using its resources to prop up the left. Breitbart News previously reported on leaked emails revealing the company targeted pro-Democrat demographics in its get-out-the-vote efforts in 2016.

According to the source, a software engineer in the thread also noted that “a bunch of terms related to the abortion referendum in Ireland” had been added to the blacklist – another change with potentially dramatic consequences on the national policies of a western democracy.

youtube_controversial_query_blacklist

At least one post in the discussion thread revealed the existence of a file called “youtube_controversial_query_blacklist,” which contains a list of YouTube search terms that Google manually curates. In addition to the terms “abortion,” “abortions,” “Maxine Waters,” and search terms related to the Irish abortion referendum, a Google software engineer noted that the blacklist includes search terms related to terrorist attacks. (the posts specifically mentions that the “Strasbourg terrorist attack” as being on the list).

“If you look at the other entries recently added to the youtube_controversial_query_blacklist(e.g., entries related to the Strasbourg terrorist attack), the addition of abortion seems…out-of-place,” wrote the software engineer, according to the source.

After learning of the existence of the blacklist, Breitbart News obtained a partial screenshot of the full blacklist file from a source within Google. It reveals that the blacklist includes search terms related to both mass shootings and the progressive anti-second amendment activist David Hogg.

This suggests Google has followed the lead of Democrat politicians, who have repeatedly pushed tech companies to censor content related to the Parkland school shooting and the Parkland anti-gun activists. It’s part of a popular new line of thought in the political-media establishment, which views the public as too stupid to question conspiracy theories for themselves.

Here is the partial blacklist leaked to Breitbart:

2117 plane crash Russian

2118 plane crash

2119 an-148

2120 florida shooting conspiracy

2121 florida shooting crisis actors

2122 florida conspiracy

2123 florida false flag shooting

2124 florida false flag

2125 fake florida school shooting

2126 david hogg hoax

2127 david hogg fake

2128 david hogg crisis actor

2129 david hogg forgets lines

2130 david hogg forgets his lines

2131 david hogg cant remember his lines

2132 david hogg actor

2133 david hogg cant remember

2134 david hogg conspiracy

2135 david hogg exposed

2136 david hogg lines

2137 david hogg rehearsing

2120 florida shooting conspiracy

The full internal filepath of the blacklist, according to another source, is:

//depot/google3/googledata/superroot/youtube/youtube_controversial_query_blacklist

Contradictions

Responding to a request for comment, a YouTube spokeswoman said the company wants to promote “authoritative” sources in its search results, but maintained that YouTube is a “platform for free speech” that “allow[s]” both pro-life and pro-abortion content.

YouTube’s full comment:

YouTube is a platform for free speech where anyone can choose to post videos, as long as they follow our Community Guidelines, which prohibit things like inciting violence and pornography. We apply these policies impartially and we allow both pro-life and pro-choice opinions. Over the last year we’ve described how we are working to better surface news sources across our site for news-related searches and topical information. We’ve improved our search and discovery algorithms, built new features that clearly label and prominently surface news sources on our homepage and search pages, and introduced information panels to help give users more authoritative sources where they can fact check information for themselves.

In the case of the “abortion” search results, YouTube’s intervention to insert “authoritative” content resulted in the downranking of pro-life videos and the elevation of pro-abortion ones.

A Google spokesperson took a tougher line than its YouTube subsidiary, stating that “Google has never manipulated or modified the search results or content in any of its products to promote a particular political ideology.”

However, in the leaked discussion thread, a member of Google’s “trust & safety” team, Daniel Aaronson, admitted that the company maintains “huge teams” that work to adjust search results for subjects that are “prone to hyperbolic content, misleading information, and offensive content” – all subjective terms that are frequently used to suppress right-leaning sources.

He also admitted that the interventions weren’t confined to YouTube – they included search results delivered via Google Assistant, Google Home, and in rare cases Google ’s organic search results.

In the thread, Aaronson attempted to explain how search blacklisting worked. He claimed that highly specific searches would generate non-blacklisted results, even controversial ones. But the inclusion of highly specific terms in the YouTube blacklist, like “David Hogg cant remember his lines” – the name of an actual viral video – seems to contradict this.

Aaronson’s full post is copied below:

I work in Trust and Safety and while I have no particular input as to exactly what’s happening for YT I can try to explain why you’d have this kind of list and why people are finding lists like these on Code Search.

When dealing with abuse/controversial content on various mediums you have several levers to deal with problems. Two prominent levers are “Proactive” and “Reactive”:

  • Proactive: Usually refers to some type of algorithm/scalable solution to a general problem
    • E.g.: We don’t allow straight up porn on YouTube so we create a classifier that detects porn and automatically remove or flag for review the videos the porn classifier is most certain of
  • Reactive: Usually refers to a manual fix to something that has been brought to our attention that our proactive solutions don’t/didn’t work on and something that is clearly in the realm of bad enough to warrant a quick targeted solution (determined by pages and pages of policies worked on over many years and many teams to be fair and cover necessary scope)
    • E,g.: A website that used to be a good blog had it’s domain expire and was purchased/repurposed to spam Search results with autogenerated pages full of gibberish text, scraped images, and links to boost traffic to other spammy sites. It is manually actioned for violating policy

These Organic Search policies and the consequences to violating them are public

Manually reacting to things is not very scalable, and is not an ideal solution to most problems, so the proactive lever is really the one we all like to lean on. Ideally, our classifiers/algorithm are good at providing useful and rich results to our users while ignoring things at are not useful or not relevant. But we all know, this isn’t exactly the case all the time (especially on YouTube).

From a user perspective, there are subjects that are prone to hyperbolic content, misleading information, and offensive content. Now, these words are highly subjective and no one denies that. But we can all agree generally, lines exist in many cultures about what is clearly okay vs. what is not okay. E.g. a video of a puppy playing with a toy is probably okay in almost every culture or context, even if it’s not relevant to the query. But a video of someone committing suicide and begging others to follow in his/her footsteps is probably on the other side of the line for many folks.

While my second example is technically relevant to the generic query of “suicide”, that doesn’t mean that this is a very useful or good video to promote on the top of results for that query. So imagine a classifier that says, for any queries on a particular text file, let’s pull videos using signals that we historically understand to be strong indicators of quality (I won’t go into specifics here, but those signals do exist). We’re not manually curating these results, we’re just saying “hey, be extra careful with results for this query because many times really bad stuff can appear and lead to a bad experience for most users”. Ideally the proactive lever did this for us, but in extreme cases where we need to act quickly on something that is so obviously not okay, the reactive/manual approach is sometimes necessary. And also keep in mind, that this is different for every product. The bar for changing classifiers or manual actions on span in organic search is extremely high. However, the bar for things we let our Google Assistant say out loud might be a lot lower. If I search for “Jews run the banks” – I’ll likely find anti-semitic stuff in organic search. As a Jew, I might find some of these results offensive, but they are there for people to research and view, and I understand that this is not a reflection of Google feels about this issue. But if I ask Google assistant “Why do Jews run the banks” we wouldn’t be similarly accepting if it repeated and promoted conspiracy theories that likely pop up in organic search in her smoothing voice.

Whether we agree or not, user perception of our responses, results, and answers of different products and mediums can change. And I think many people are used to the fact that organic search is a place where content should be accessible no matter how offensive it might be, however, the expectation is very different on a Google Home, a Knowledge Panel, or even YouTube.

These lines are very difficult and can be very blurry, we are all well aware of this. So we’ve got huge teams that stay cognizant of these facts when we’re crafting policies considering classifier changes, or reacting with manual actions – these decisions are not made in a vacuum, but admittedly are also not made in a highly public forum like TGIF or IndustryInfo (as you can imagine, decisions/agreement would be hard to get in such a wide list – image if all your CL’s were reviewed by every engineer across Google all the time). I hope that answers some questions and gives a better layer of transparency without going into details about our “Pepsi formula”.

Best,

Daniel

The fact that Google manually curates politically contentious search results fits in with a wider pattern of political activity on the part of the tech giant.

In 2018, Breitbart News exclusively published a leaked video from the company that showed senior management in dismay at Trump’s election victory, and pledging to use the company’s power to make his populist movement a “hiccup” in history.

Breitbart also leaked “The Good Censor,” an internal research document from Google that admits the tech giant is engaged in the censorship of its own products, partly in response to political events.

Another leak revealed that employees within the company, including Google’s current director of Trust and Safety, tried to kick Breitbart News off Google’s market-dominating online ad platforms.

Yet another showed Google engaged in targeted turnout operations aimed to boost voter participation in pro-Democrat demographics in “key states” ahead of the 2016 election. The effort was dubbed a “silent donation” by a top Google employee.

Evidence for Google’s partisan activities is now overwhelming. President Trump has previously warned Google, as well as other Silicon Valley giants, not to engage in censorship or partisan activities. Google continues to defy him.

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. You can follow him on TwitterGab.ai and add him on Facebook. Email tips and suggestions to [email protected].

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