Friday, August 19, 2016

Bill Moran — No, Ambassador McFaul: Putin Didn’t Order Me to Fall in Love with Donald Trump

Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul penned a scathing piece in the Washington Post accusing the Kremlin of intervening in the American election, based solely on the evidence of a harsh article regarding Clinton published by Sputnik News. Boy, was he wrong!
My name is Bill Moran. A native Arizonan, I have worked on dozens of Democratic Party campaigns, and am more recently a proud writer for Sputnik’s Washington, DC bureau.
It also seems, as of Thursday morning, that I am the source of controversy between the United States and Russia — something I never quite could have imagined — for writing an article that was critical of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a stinging headline and a harsh hashtag.

So, what is this controversy all about? This weekend I published a piece with the headline, “Secret File Confirms Trump Claim: Obama, Hillary ‘Founded ISIS’ to Oust Assad.” I also tweeted out this story from our platform with the hashtag #CrookedHillary. Guilty as charged.
On Wednesday night, Michael McFaul took to the Washington Post to opine that the article was part of a Kremlin-led conspiracy to subvert the American election, referring to the person running the Sputnik Twitter account (that particular day being me) as a “Russian official,” before warning (threatening) that we “might want to think about what we plan to do” if Clinton becomes president.
I feel it is necessary to pause, here, before having a substantive argument about the article’s merits and purpose within the public discourse, to address the severity of the accusation leveled against me and Sputnik’s staff (not by name until now), and its disturbing implications on freedom of speech, dissent, and American democracy — implications that I hope Mr. McFaul, other public proponents of the Hillary campaign, and the cadre of Russian critics consider.…
Sputnik International
No, Ambassador McFaul: Putin Didn’t Order Me to Fall in Love with Donald Trump
Bill Moran, writer for Sputnik’s Washington, DC bureau

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