Friday 20 October 2017

Patrick Cockburn: Dodgy dossier is reminiscent of Saddam's supposed WMDs

President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news cenference at Trump Tower on January 11, 2017 in New York City. This is Trump's first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news cenference at Trump Tower on January 11, 2017 in New York City. This is Trump's first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Patrick Cockburn

I read the text of the dossier on Donald Trump's alleged dirty dealings with a scepticism that soon turned into complete disbelief.

The memo has all the hallmarks of such fabrications, which is too much detail - and that detail largely uncheckable - and too many names of important people placed there to impress the reader with the sheer quantity and quality of information.

I was a correspondent in Moscow in the 1980s and again during the first years in power of Vladimir Putin. Every so often, people would tell me intriguing facts about the dark doings of the Kremlin and its complicity in various crimes, such as the infamous apartment block bombings in 1999.

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