I am releasing my previous blog regarding Maskirovka - The Russian art of disinformation. The Trump/Ukraine connection that broke the news cycle last week really has connection with Russia and Paul Manafort leading back to when Trump first announced his presidential campaign. I will be provided a history of Manafort's involvement with different regimes since the 1980's, including Mobutu Seese Seko of Zaire, Siad Barre of Somalia, President Ferdinand Marcos of the Phillipines, Jonas Savimbi, the leader of the Angolan rebel group UNITA, Lebanese arms-dealer Abdul Rahman al-Assir, just to name a few, but first lets talks about the Russia Ukraine time line that, I believe, lead up to the events we are witnessing today.
By now we all know about Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, and the possibility they are repeating it for the 2020 elections. This is not something new to the Russians, but most of us in America have no idea about what we are facing. Maksirovka is a form of Russia sanctioned interference into other countries to undermine their government and political decisions.
When Russia was trying to keep Ukraine under their control when they had a Russian-backed government controlling the country, they knew that they couldn’t justify sending troops or military hardware into the country without a direct response from NATO and the United States. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia hasn’t had the military capabilities to take on a major conflict with the West, so it developed a program call ‘MASKIROVKA’. Maskirovka is described as "A means of eliminating, distorting, or stealing information for the purpose of obtaining necessary data after penetrating the security system; blocking of access to information by its legitimate users; and in the final account, disorganization of all means of society’s life support, including the enemy military infrastructure."
Maskirovka was intended for the Ukrainians, at the minimum, to demoralize; and at the maximum, to provoke backlash against the Ukrainian government. It was intended to sustain a narrative that the political leadership has abandoned the front lines forces fighting in eastern Ukraine, especially among army conscripts and nationalist paramilitary volunteer units. It was important to understand the instrumental effect of Russian disinformation on eroding Ukrainians confidence in their civil institutions and creating fertile ground for extremist groups on all sides.
Maskirovka is disinformation as a deliberate use of misinformation or misleading information. It is an open and authorized policy, a conscious decision to subvert language itself, to divert topology, to misinform, to transform reality into an inane hall of mirrors. Someone once described maskirovka disinformation to poison, saying, “One drop may not be a problem, but together, a dose could be fatal.”
Maskirovka would constitute an overt act of state aggression were the Russian government to admit openly to hacking Ukrainian government networks and stealing official document s in 2015. The same would be true if the Russian government admitted openly to disseminating stolen or counterfeit documents. Disinformation allows Russia to direct active measures aimed a destabilizing America without having to take public ownership of those measures.
There is one person who was around during both the Ukrainian attack and the American attack. Around 2015, Paul Manafort was under contract with Russia to shore up the Russian back president of Ukraine and discredit the opposition during the elections of 2015. Paul Manafort and the Russians were able to get the Russian back leader elected president, but they didn’t plan on a demonstration marching in the streets to overthrow the Russian backed president. It ended with the president leaving Ukraine and flee to Russia. That was the same time Manafort came back to the United States and started working with the Trump Campaign.
Paul Manafort conducted meetings with his Russian counterparts and members of the Trump campaign to produce information against their political opposition, namely Hillary Clinton. Russia has already had a maskirovka plan for the elections, and it was with the help of Manafort. He provided them with a road map of the type of electorate who could be swayed to support Trump.
PAUL MANAFORT’S CONTRACTS WITH FOREIGN COUNTRIES TIMELINE
In addition to the Ukraine involvement with the Russians, Manafort has had a history of assisting presidents and governments to gain access to the US government.
1976 Was delegate-hunt coordinator for eight states for the Gerald Ford Committee, ran by James Baker.
1978, 1980 Was the southern delegate coordinator for Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign, and deputy political director at the Republican National Committee.
1981 Was nominated to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Committee
1984-1986 Manafort was a FARA lobbyists for Saudi Arabia, Accepted $950,000 yearly to lobby for then-president of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos. He was also involved in lobbying for Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, securing a $1 million annual contract in 1989, Attempted to recruit Siad Barre of Somalia as a client. Lobbied on behalf of the governments of the Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya (earning between $660,000 and $750,000 each year between 1991 and 1993), and Nigeria ($1,000,000 in 1991).
1985 Manafort ‘s firmed signed a $600,000 contract with Jonas Savimbi, the leader of the Angolan rebel group UNITA, to refurbish Savimbi’s image in Washington and secured financial support to help his anti-communism stance.
1988 Advisor to George H. W. Bush’s presidential campaign.
1996 Advisor to Bob Dole’s presidential campaign.
1990-1994 Wrote the campaign strategy for Edouard Balladur in the 1995 French elections, and was paid indirectly, with at least $200,000 transferred to him through his friend, Lebanese arms-dealer Abdul Rahman al-Assir, from middle-men feed paid for arranging the sale of three French Agosta-class submarines to Pakistan, in a scandal known as the Karachi affair.
2017 Accepted payment from the Kurdistan Regional Government to facilitate Western recognition of the 2017 Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum.