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Sun Feb 14, 2021, 06:23 PM

30. Yeah, Larry Johnson's name jumped out at me too.

He's probably most notorious for his infamous long-running hoax in 2008 about "the whitey tape", whose release he teased incessantly for ages, but which never appeared.

He cropped up again in 2013, spreading the allegation that John Kerry was guilty of war crimes in Vietnam. That claim proved as unfounded as "the whitey tape".

Then in 2017, he emerged from the undergrowth again with more unfounded conspiracy theories:


Last week, the Trump White House ignited a diplomatic row with America’s closest ally when Press Secretary Sean Spicer, looking to bolster President Trump’s baseless wiretap allegations against President Obama, promoted Fox News commentator Andrew Napolitano’s report that Obama used a British intelligence agency to spy on Trump during last year’s presidential campaign. The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which is the agency responsible for the U.K.’s intelligence gathering, then made a rare public statement in order to officially rebuke the claim, calling Napolitano’s report “nonsense” and “utterly ridiculous.”
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But Napolitano’s claim, which he repeatedly said came from “Fox News sources,” was then seemingly dismissed by Fox News itself. Anchor Shep Smith said on Friday that the network could not confirm Napolitano’s “commentary” and that “Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-President of the United States was surveilled at any time in any way. Full stop.” The network also said that Napolitano still “stands by his report,” but anchor Bret Baier later reiterated that “the Fox News division was never able to back up those claims.”

So where did Fox News’ “very talented legal mind” come up with this White House–boosted allegation? The New York Times and Politico report that one of the sources was former CIA analyst, blogger, and occasional Russia Today guest Larry C. Johnson, who infamously promoted the false rumor in 2008 that the GOP possessed a bombshell video in which former First Lady Michelle Obama had been recorded making disparaging remarks about white people — also known as the infamous “Whitey tape” hoax. Napolitano apparently asked Johnson to speak with the Times on Friday, and Johnson explained to them that Napolitano had heard about the U.K. wiretap claim through an intermediary who had learned of it through sources in the U.S. intelligence community. Johnson, who maintains that the “Whitey tape” fiasco was the result of him getting played by Clinton operatives during the contentious 2008 primaries, has since denied some of the Times report, but admits that he was one of Napolitano’s sources. Appearing on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday, Johnson further elaborated that he had posted the theory on an online discussion board and someone passed that post along to Napolitano.

Speaking with Politico, Johnson explained that his own initial source for the U.K. wiretap theory was a Democrat who is not actually in the U.S. intelligence community but has ties there, and was someone “with a history of having access to national security information.” That source, according to Johnson, was “alarmed at what he saw as this meddling in the election.” He says he confirmed the tip with two people in the intelligence community and “we’re not talking janitors or cleaning ladies.”

Johnson also appeared on the state-controlled Russia Today (RT) television network earlier this year to contest the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in last year’s election. He then repeated that opinion earlier this month when he reappeared on the network one day after Trump tweeted his now notorious allegation that President Obama had illegally ordered a wiretap on him and Trump Tower. In that interview, Johnson — who says he was not paid by RT for his appearances — seems to have made the first-ever public mention of the U.K. wiretap theory, alleging that senior members of the Obama administration had colluded with the U.K. to spy on Trump and then illegally disseminated that information throughout the U.S. government. He has also passed along the theory that U.S. government insiders like the CIA may have hacked the Democratic National Committee during the campaign instead of Russia.

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2017/03/whitey-tape-blogger-was-one-source-of-uk-wiretap-claim.html


So it's not a surprise to see him linked to Q. The surprise would be if anyone ever took anything he claimed seriously again.

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