During a press conference at the White House last September, US President Donald Trump, with his characteristic aplomb, declared: “We must want to get rid of the ballot papers… and you would have a better one… we will have a very quiet… there will be no transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation ”. ("We'll want to have… get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very… we'll have a very peaceful… there won't be a transfer, frankly. There'll be a continuation.")
This is how Craig Unger, a 71-year-old American journalist and author, begins his new book "American Kompromat". Unger was editor of “Boston Magazine” and author of six books, including “House of Bush”.
Immediately after the opening the author moves on to the cardinal point of his book (352 pages, published by Dutton-Penguin), which is the question: "Could Donald Trump really be a Russian mole [“ asset ”in slang]?" Here are the answers that Unger proposes: “In a 'New York Times' editorial, written three months before the 2016 election, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA], Michael Morell, answered the question like this: 'In the intelligence sector, we would say that [Vladimir] Putin has recruited an unwitting Trump as an agent of Russia'. The reason? A mountain of cash the Russians would give Trump for his various real estate projects for many years.
Unger then continues: "In January 2017, just before Trump's inauguration [in the White House], Michael Hayden, the former head of both the CIA and the National Security Agency, called Trump 'a clear and constant danger' to American national security is a 'useful idiot' ". "Useful idiot" is an expression attributed to Vladimir Lenin (but which spread in Italian politics in 1948 to describe communist sympathizers) to define the naïve who were particularly susceptible to the manipulation of communist propaganda.
According to Unger: “In December 2017, former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, claimed that Trump was, in fact, an 'asset' in the service of Russian President Vladimir Putin. And in 2019, former CIA director John Brennan declared Trump would be 'completely in Putin's hands', and on NBC-TV's Sunday 'Meet the Press' he called Trump's behavior 'treacherous'. ".
Unger also writes that "in the late 60s, [US intelligence was] concerned about what [was] called the 'Monster Plot'". "The Monster Plot," Unger explains, "was a theory propagated by James Jesus Angleton, the CIA's counterintelligence chief from 1954 to 1975, who had become famous for his obsessive search for confirmation that the Soviets had a top asset. of the CIA or in the American intelligence community, and that they would have succeeded in placing someone at the highest levels of the executive branch ”. If "American Kompromat" proved accurate, the Russian plan would have been successful with Trump's placement in the White House for a full four years.