Since the Troll has been successful beyond any possible expectations, this Archive will replace the media round-up in the weekly updates because there is just too much material and seriously it would crash your phone browser to just open the page.

(New Material is towards the top.)

Media reports

Famous Forensic Pathologist Floats the Idea That Putin and Trump Are Poisoning Clinton

Congress Should Warn Putin’s Hackers To Stop Meddling

Putin finds a fan base in Trump country

Shadows of Trump and Putin loom over Ukraine

How close are Trump and Putin?

Why the Conservative Admiration of Putin Is Dangerous

Trump’s Putin Praise Highlights His Authoritarianism

Glenn Beck: Steve Bannon ‘Destroyer of Everything’

Putin Is ‘Grand Godfather of Extreme Nationalism’ – Clinton

Trump Is Helping Putin Consolidate Control of Ukraine

Trump campaign donor linked to mafia, Putin loyalists

Donald Trump is still Vladimir Putin’s man in America

Ukraine’s leaders campaign against ‘pro-Putin’ Trump

How Vladimir Putin Is Using Donald Trump to Advance Russia’s Goals

Does Putin See an Opportunity with a Trump Administration?

Trump Is Already Helping Putin Consolidate Control of Ukraine

Is Putin playing Trump like he did Berlusconi?

Why Putin wants a Trump victory (so much he might even be trying to help him)

The Daily 202: Russian meddling in U.S. election backfiring on Putin, hurting Trump

Does Putin want Trump to be President?

Clinton Campaign Manager Suggests Trump Is a ‘Puppet’ for the Kremlin

What Trump Has in Common With Putin’s Close Allies

Roger Stone: Saying Trump ‘in Bed with Putin’ is a ‘Conspiracy Theory’ — While Clinton ‘Does Paid Errands’ for Russian Oligarchs

Clinton campaign: Trump still has ‘odd bromance’ with Putin

Madeleine Albright: Donald Trump Victory Would Be a Gift to Vladimir Putin

The Trump, Putin saga continues

Trump chairman’s pro-Putin past remains murky

Ivanka Trump vacationing with Putin’s rumored girlfriend

Putin’s praise for Trump may mask ‘conflicted’ feelings, Kremlin watchers say

Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief

Trump’s World Crashes Down As Secret Stash Of Putin Cash To Campaign Manager Uncovered

The Manafort Dossier

The Putin-Trump Mind Meld, A Wondrous Enterprise


Ivanka Trump is sight-seeing in Croatia with her BFF — Vladimir Putin’s girlfriend

Donald Trump’s Campaign Chair Denies NY Times Report on Payments from Putin Ally

Garry Kasparov: Putin ‘definitely’ behind Trump

Sen. Claire McCaskill: “Trump And His Friend Putin” Are The Real Founders Of ISIS

Just How Deep Do Trump and Manafort’s Putin Underworld Ties Go?

Trump adviser Michael T. Flynn on his dinner with Putin and why Russia Today is just like CNN

The controversy over Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, explained

Is Trump’s Friendship with Putin About to Backfire?

Trump and Russia

Paul Manifort: Trump’s Putin-gate saga continues

Donald Trump’s Rumored Connection To Russia Slammed By Campaign Manager Paul Manafort: Cash Payments From Ukraine Denied

What is Clinton trying to say with ad about Trump, Putin?

Ex-CIA official explains how Trump has already done Putin’s bidding

Trump’s Russia problem

How Hillary manhandled a dictator in 1995. While Trump coddles Putin.

For Italians, Donald Trump’s Act Is Familiar

“I Ran the CIA” Michael Morell Piles on, Says Putin ‘Recruited’ Trump

Trump, fascism, Putin and Wikileaks: the anatomy of a liberal nervous breakdown

Putin’s Game

Ex-CIA Director: ‘No Doubt’ Putin Views Trump as ‘Unwitting Agent’

Trump ‘Reboot’ Over, As He Again Backs Putin Over Ally

Trump’s Putin connection draws fire from ex-Canadian prime minister

How Trump’s “Toughness” Makes Him a Sucker for Putin

Donald Trump Doesn’t Have to Win to Ruin Our Foreign Policy

President Trump and the future of the West

Putin’s Puppet Donald Trump, Deranged, Impulsive, Narcissistic & Angry, Seeks Nuclear Codes

Juan Williams: Trump’s Russia problem

Trump adviser provides ‘effusive praise’ for Vladimir Putin and ‘harshly critical’ of U.S.—in Moscow

Putin eats Obama’s lunch, and is ready to eat Clinton or Trump’s too

America’s Dangerous ‘Putin Panic’

Donald Trump Has Been Unwittingly ‘Played’ by Putin: Former Acting CIA Chief

How Donald Trump’s Rhetoric on NATO Works to Vladimir Putin’s Advantage

New Hillary Clinton Ad Suggests Donald Trump Is Vladimir Putin’s Agent

Donald Trump has been recruited by Putin as an agent for Russia, blasts former CIA boss

I Ran the C.I.A. Now I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton.

A former CIA chief is calling Trump a foreign agent. This is how absurd the election is.

Yes, American Spies Really Think Trump Is Putin’s Guy

A guide to the conspiracy theories about Donald Trump

Illiberalism: The Worldwide Crisis

Newsweek’s Foreign Service Podcast: Putin the Puppet-Master

Trump Putin Bumper Sticker


Senior ex-CIA official: Putin made Trump ‘an unwitting agent’ of Russia

In endorsing Clinton, ex-CIA chief says Putin made Trump his ‘unwitting agent’

Former CIA chief: Putin recruited Trump as an ‘unwitting agent’ of Russia

Clinton video questions Trump’s ties to Putin

Mike Pence dismisses charge that Donald Trump was manipulated by Vladimir Putin

Pence fires back at a former CIA director’s claims about Trump and Russia’s Putin

Putin Has Never Spoken to Trump, Kremlin Confirms

Former head of CIA endorses Hillary Clinton in stinging op-ed that characterizes Trump as Putin’s pawn

In 2014, Trump Argued Ukraine Would Fall Quickly to Russia

In Endorsement of Hillary, Former C.I.A. Director Suggests Trump Is a Pawn of Putin

Clinton Campaign Devastates Trump With His Ties To Putin

Ex-CIA chief claims Putin baited Trump

Former CIA Chief: Donald Trump Is ‘An Unwitting Agent of the Russian Federation’

Former CIA Chief Smacks Down Donald Trump In Clinton Endorsement

Ex-CIA Chief Endorses Clinton, Says Putin ‘Played’ Trump

Clinton campaign ad asks ‘What is Donald Trump’s connection to Vladimir Putin?’

Senior ex-CIA official: Putin made Trump ‘an unwitting agent’ of Russia

Donald Trump is ‘an unwitting agent’ of Putin, says former CIA chief who is backing Hillary Clinton

Vladimir Putin’s State Run Media Is Now Doing PR For Donald Trump

Donald Trump may be acting crazy, but it’s keeping the news away from the one story he wants to bury

Clinton Camp Courts Hackers in Vegas

DNC hack: public perceive pro-Clinton bias, but reject Trump response

Trump Reflects White Male Fragility

Donald Trump’s amazing first 2 weeks as the Republican nominee

Donald Trump and a C.I.A. Officer Walk Into a Room

Donald Trump is an ‘abusive braggart’ unfit to lead our Armed Forces

The unbearable stench of Trump’s B.S.

Can Donald Trump pass the fitness threshold?

Julian Assange, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump Joining Forces To Defeat Hillary Clinton?

Donald Trump may be acting crazy, but it’s keeping the news away from the one story he wants to bury

What you need to know about Donald Trump, Russia and Ukraine

Donald Trump has Americanized Vladimir Putin’s war on truth

The Oddball Candidate: What Russians Really Think of Donald Trump

Trump changed views on Ukraine after hiring Manafort

Trump and Putin: A Love Story

Patt Morrison Asks: Vladimir Putin biographer Masha Gessen on Russia, Trump and WikiLeaks

The Trump-Putin Bromance Is Getting Even Shadier

Obama says Trump ‘unfit’ for presidency

Obama Should Cancel Trump’s Intelligence Briefings

It Isn’t Just Vladimir Putin, Another World Leader Has Endorsed Donald Trump

Trump’s bromance with Putin

Is The RNC Officially In Bed With Putin and Trump?

Was The Clinton Campaign Hack A Secret Ménage à Trois Between Trump, Putin, and Julian Assange?

The Rumor of a Putin-Trump Political Axis Is the Laziest Kind of Slash Fiction

BROMANCE: Trump Praised Putin’s Denunciation Of The Phrase ‘American Exceptionalism’

Donald Trump’s Many, Many, Many, Many Ties to Russia

Trump Defends Thawing Relations with Vladimir Putin

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin: Timeline of a Bad Bromance

The Most Important 24 Minutes of TV Since Benghazi

Is Donald Trump A Russian Quisling?

Donald Trump Reaffirms Support for Warmer Relations With Putin

The Trump-Putin conspiracy theory has gone mainstream.

Donald TrumpSuggests U.S. Should Accept Russia’s Annexation of Crimea

Donald Trump Praised Putin For Bashing The Term “American Exceptionalism” In 2013

Donald Trump ridiculed after insisting Vladimir Putin ‘not going into Ukraine’ two years after invasion

Hayden hits Trump on conflicting Putin statement

Putin’s big Trump gamble

Donald Trump gets a Full Flop for whether he’s had a relationship to Vladimir Putin

Donald Trump bragged twice in 2014 about meeting Vladimir Putin, which he now denies

Is Trump Really Putin’s ‘Guy’?

Trump now says he never met Putin — here’s footage of when he said the opposite

Clinton says Russia behind DNC hacking, draws line to Trump

Could Russian Hackers Spoil Election Day?

By November, Russian hackers could target voting machines

Trump Denies Putin Ties Amid Queries on Embrace of U.S. Foe

Donald Trump Is Definitely Not Dating Vladimir Putin

Do Putin And Trump Really Have Something To Gain From One Another?

Putin’s Buddy Trump Is About To Get National Security Briefings. Intel Officers Are Worried.

A Trump-style speculation on the GOP and Putin

Donald Trump Asks Vladimir Putin to Help Him Win

Madeleine Albright: Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin ‘on the same page’

Trump’s opposition research firm: Russia’s intelligence agencies

Tailgunner Hillary and the Putin Hack

Trump endorses Putin-gate espionage against America

Conservative Legal Experts: Trump Is “A Menace,” A “Lunatic,” “A Fascist Thug,” A “‘Useful Idiot’ For Putin,” And A Danger To “Our National Security”

Trevor Noah says Donald Trump’s role models are Vladimir Putin, Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong Un

Trump’s open invitation to Vladimir Putin to infuse America with paranoia

Wikileaks Dismantling of DNC Is Clear Attack by Putin on Clinton

Nixon had Watergate – Trump has Putin-gate

Clinton blasts Russia’s ‘role’ in election, as Trump denies Putin ties

Donald Trump: If I’m Elected, Vladimir Putin Is Not Going Into Ukraine

Trump Surrogate Pushes Pro-Putin Line That Russia Hasn’t Seized Crimea

Under President Trump, it’ll be morning in Putin’s America

Julian Assange, Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin: A Troika for Our Insane Era

The EU, even if it doesn’t dissolve, will now inevitably turn inward as it spends years working out its new communal arrangements with and without Britain. Putin was Brexit’s big winner. Any fracturing of the Western alliance presents opportunities to play one member against another. He can only be disappointed to see NATO step up and step in.


The refugee crisis was already leading to the slow disintegration of the European Union. Then, on June 23, it contributed to an even greater calamity — Brexit. Both of these crises have reinforced xenophobic, nationalist movements across the continent. They will try to win a series of key votes in the coming year — including national elections in France, the Netherlands, and Germany in 2017, a referendum in Hungary on EU refugee policy on Oct. 2, a rerun of the Austrian presidential election on the same day, and a constitutional referendum in Italy in October or November of this year.


Northern Irish, Scottish, Basque, Catalan and Italian secessionists have been invited to Moscow for a conference, partly funded by Russia, planned for August. They will mingle with Texan, Californian, Puerto-Rican and Hawaiian wannabe-separatists from all over the world, the conference organizer says.

“Our goal is to consolidate efforts based on international legal standards [and] to achieve the very democracy the European Union and the United States talk about, but [the democracy] in its true meaning,” Alexander Ionov, head of the Anti-Globalist Movement of Russia, which is organizing the event, told NBC News.


There’s a clear pattern: Putin runs stealth efforts on behalf of politicians who rail against the European Union and want to push away from NATO. He’s been a patron of Golden Dawn in Greece, Ataka in Bulgaria, and Jobbik in Hungary. Joe Biden warned about this effort last year in a speech at the Brookings Institution: “President Putin sees such political forces as useful tools to be manipulated, to create cracks in the European body politic which he can then exploit.” Ruptures that will likely multiply after Brexit—a campaign Russia’s many propaganda organs bombastically promoted.


The Trump campaign worked behind the scenes last week to make sure the new Republican platform won’t call for giving weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces, contradicting the view of almost all Republican foreign policy leaders in Washington.


Trump’s understanding of America’s role in the world aligns with Russia’s geostrategic interests; that his critique of American democracy is in accord with the Kremlin’s critique of American democracy; and that he shares numerous ideological and dispositional proclivities with Putin—for one thing, an obsession with the sort of “strength” often associated with dictators. Trump is making it clear that, as president, he would allow Russia to advance its hegemonic interests across Europe and the Middle East.


The evidence of Trump’s unseemly affinity for Putin is extensive but circumstantial. Yet the most disturbing explanation for the evidence continues to get more plausible. Today, Josh Rogin reports, the Republican Party officially altered its platform on Ukraine and Russia. The previous platform advocated “providing lethal defensive weapons” to Ukraine, reflecting the virtually unanimous position of the Republican Party Establishment. Trump staffers prevailed on the Platform Committee to replace that language with a milder endorsement of “appropriate assistance.”


He then went after Trump for his creepy admiration for Putin, who would dance a jig if the U.S. president effectively repudiated the NATO alliance. “Over the course of this campaign, Trump has displayed a bizarre and occasionally obsequious fascination with Russia’s strongman, Vladimir Putin. And he has the policy positions — and advisers — to match,” said Sullivan. “Just this week, we learned that the Trump campaign went to great lengths to remove a plank from the GOP platform about aid to Ukraine that would have offended Putin, bucking a strongly held position within his own party. Previously, he celebrated the Brexit vote, and in turn, casually predicted the disintegration of Europe. And now, he won’t even commit to protecting our NATO allies against a Russian invasion. It is fair to assume that Vladimir Putin is rooting for a Trump presidency.” He added, “More broadly, Trump has apparently decided that America lacks the moral authority to advance our interests and values around the world. He has adopted the logic and positions of China, Russia, and Iran. ”


Hillary Clinton’s campaign has decided to double down on their bid to cast Trump as a secret agent of the Kremlin propped up by Russian President Vladimir Putin despite the obvious absurdity of the narrative.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager continues to claim that Russian hackers are responsible for the leak of tens of thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee despite evidence to the contrary and says that it is a deliberate attempt by the Kremlin to influence the US presidential election to favor the candidacy of Donald Trump.



What was he thinking as he whipped up the crowd and bathed in its cheers? It was hard to say. As his daughter Ivanka remarked in her introductory speech (which my colleague Amy Davidson wrote about), Trump can be described as “famous but not really well-known.” Is he just playing the role of the great protector and restorer of order, America’s Putin or Erdoğan—an accomplished self-promoter and entertainer turning his talents to a new role? Or does he believe his own blather, whether on immigration and security or in other realms? (“I am going to bring back our jobs to Ohio and Pennsylvania and New York and Michigan and all of America,” he said at one point, singling out steelworkers and miners as two groups that would benefit.)


Eat one for the Bern: Russian Hack Claims First Democratic Scalp, as DNC Chair Resigns:

Just before the Democratic convention, a likely Russian-orchestrated hack of DNC emails whacks Wasserman Schultz and sows havoc in an already divided party.


CREDIT FOR the internecine furor that disrupted the Democratic Party on the eve of its convention should go to Vladimir Putin. As The Post has reported, cybersecurity experts say Russian intelligence operatives were likely responsible for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computer network, as well as for leaking to the Moscow-friendly WikiLeaks website some 20,000 emails. The trove appeared online Friday, just in time to create discord between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders as they headed to Philadelphia. To no one’s surprise, the emails showed that DNC staffers opposed the attempt of the socialist Mr. Sanders to take over the party. Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to announce her resignation, and — as Russia likely intended — Ms. Clinton’s campaign took a hit.