Yesterday I blogged about the strange visit of US Secretary of State John "Ketchup" Kerry to the continent of Antarctica while on a global-trotting diplomatic tour, and right in the middle of what may have been the most important election in US history. All this context, I argued yesterday, may point to a hidden "diplomatic purpose" to his visit there, rather than the "climate change" non-explanation hinted at in the official US State Department announcement. After all, Secretary Kerry can stay in Washington at foggy bottom and read the Antarctic climate change data. He doesn't need to fly there, especially in the middle of an otherwise exclusively diplomatic tour.
But there were other very strange stories going on during the election run-up as well. On the day of the election itself, if the following story shared by Mr. S.D. is to be believed, apparently a power station near the northern Arctic city of Murmansk, and a key area of Russian naval deployments (the large Arctic submarine and naval base of Polyarny is nearby), exploded, a man in the Russian consulate was found dead, and helicopters were landing in a Moscow suburb with a heavy police deployment there:
One website, The Daily Coin, notes in its article ("What the Hell Just Happened in Russia: Powerstation Explosion in Naval Base Region - Helicopters landing on Moscow Streets - Dead Man Found at Russian Consulate in New York"), that the occurrence of this during the American election, taking place on the same day, might have been triggered by a virus like Stuxnet, and implies and speculates that with the accusations prior to the election that the Russians might try to "hack" them, that perhaps all this was a little "too coincidental" and might have been a ploy of some sort to initiate a crisis and influence the American elections. If so, it apparently backfired, as to my knowledge, no major coverage was given to the story, and the Russians were not responding with threats and recriminations, though, as the RT article points out, a special commission has been appointed to study the event. That implies, of course, that they might have their suspicions. After all, it's not every day that Russian power plants explode, particularly in militarily sensitive regions to that country, and particularly on the very day of an historically important American election.
But wait, there's more. Two days later, according to this article shared by Mr. V.T., the Russian cyber-security firm Kaspersky, stated that five Russian banks had apparently been the targets of some sort of cyber-attack, as reported by Yahoo; here's their story:
Now, you'll have noticed something about those attacks, but in case you didn't, here's the relevant passage:
Moscow (AFP) - A massive cyberattack has hit at least five of Russia's largest banks, Moscow-based internet security giant Kaspersky said Thursday.
The country's largest lender, state-controlled Sberbank, said it had been hacked into on Tuesday but managed to neutralise the attack automatically without disturbing its operations.
Kaspersky said in a statement that the distribution of denial attacks (DDoS) began Tuesday at 1300 GMT and targeted "the websites of at least five well-known financial institutions in the top 10" in Russia.
The attacks were still continuing on Thursday. Most lasted around one hour but the longest lasted almost 12 hours, Kaspersky said.
DDoS attacks involve flooding websites with more traffic than they can handle, making them difficult to access or taking them offline entirely.
These attacks saw as many as 660,000 requests being sent per second using a network of more than 24,000 hijacked devices located in 30 countries. More than half the devices were in the United States, India, Taiwan and Israel, Kaspersky said. (Emphasis added)
Note that these attacks (1) began at 1300 hours Greenwich meantime, that is to say, at 1PM London-time, which would have made it 8AM, US eastern time, in other words, as polls had just begun to open in the Eastern and Central time zones of the USA, and that (2) these attacks came from addresses in the USA, India, Taiwan (a close ally of the USA, and the seat of, well, let's just say, certain NGO [non-governmental organizations] like the former World Anti-Communist League, with its close ties to the American intelligence apparatus, and, incidentally, to post-war Nazis), and Israel. (Another note on the Taiwan: recall that during the Watergate crisis, it was discovered that CREEP, The Committee to Re-Elect the President, was still receiving money and contributions, much of it being laundered through Taiwan, long after Mr. Nixon's landside victory over Senator George McGovern in 1972. The World Anti-Communist League didn't cease to exist, but simply re-branded itself. For its associations to Nazis, see Martin A. Lee's The Beast Reawakens: Fascism's Resurgence from Hitler's Spymasters to Today's Neo-Nazi Groups and Right Wing Extremists, pp. 189, 226n).
The clear implication of Kaspersky's statements was that the USA was taking no chances about Russian cyber-operations during the American election, and in the context of the power plant explosion in Murmansk, the possibility that the latter might have been such an attack increases, in my opinion.
But that's not my high octane speculation. Prior to the election, most of the claims that the Russians might attempt a cyber-operation in the American election were coming from people in and around the Clinton campaign. Also circulating in the American media, mostly among the independent free press rather than from the corporate globalist lamestream media, were reports of "counter-coups" being led against the Clinton campaign by ad hoc elements of the American deep state, in support of Mr. Trump(see the various allegations and statements made by Dr. Steve Pieczenik). Most readers here are aware that I've always taken the position that Mr. Trump's campaign represented precisely some faction within the American deep state that was not on board with the neocon agenda of the past three Administrations, i.e., of Mr. Clinton, Mr. G.W. Bush, and of Mr. Obama. The curious absence of mention of these stories among the corporate globalist media, especially on election day, when it would seem to have benefitted Mrs. Clinton, if indeed, the left's assertions of Russian meddling were true, is noteworthy. If anything, Mrs. Clinton's approval of the sale of uranium to Russia would seem to belie her vicious anti-Russian rhetoric during her campaign. So might one be looking rather at an operation that was designed more to warn off the Russians during this crucial period, rather than to assist her flagging campaign? I certainly don't know, but it seems to be worth consideration. But if so, blowing up Russian power plants would seem to be a case of overkill. Such an act would be more one of people trying to generate a crisis, in which instance a change of governments would be unlikely, and hence, of more aid to Mrs. Clinton than to her political opponents. So it seems we're left in the middle, and it's another case of "you tell me."
And there's a final possibility, namely, that these events were part of NATO's massive buildups along the Russian frontier, in expectation of a Clinton victory. But again, that's another case of "you tell me."
But in either case, my intuition leans towards the covert operation explanation, rather than merely an "interesting set of coincidences."
See you on the flip side...