Caitlin Johnstone: US officials admit they’re literally just lying to the public about Russia

From spreading no-evidence claims to outright lying, all is fair to ‘get inside Putin’s head’, apparently


NBC News has a new report out citing multiple anonymous US officials, humorously titled “In a break with the past, U.S. is using intel to fight an info war with Russia, even when the intel isn’t rock solid.”

The officials say the Biden administration has been rapidly pushing out “intelligence” about Russia’s plans in Ukraine that is “low-confidence” or “based more on analysis than hard evidence”, or even just plain false, in order to fight an information war against Putin.

The report says that toward this end the US government has deliberately circulated false or poorly evidenced claims about impending chemical weapons attacks, about Russian plans to orchestrate a false flag attack in the Donbass to justify an invasion, about Putin’s advisors misinforming him, and about Russia seeking arms supplies from China.

Excerpt, emphasis mine:

It was an attention-grabbing assertion that made headlines around the world: U.S. officials said they had indications suggesting Russia might be preparing to use chemical agents in Ukraine.

President Joe Biden later said it publicly. But three U.S. officials told NBC News this week there is no evidence Russia has brought any chemical weapons near Ukraine. They said the U.S. released the information to deter Russia from using the banned munitions.

It’s one of a string of examples of the Biden administration’s breaking with recent precedent by deploying declassified intelligence as part of an information war against Russia. The administration has done so even when the intelligence wasn’t rock solid, officials said, to keep Russian President Vladimir Putin off balance.

So they lied. They may hold that they lied for a noble reason, but they lied. They knowingly circulated information they had no reason to believe was true, and that lie was amplified by all the most influential media outlets in the western world.

Another example of the Biden administration releasing a false narrative as part of its “information war”:

Likewise, a charge that Russia had turned to China for potential military help lacked hard evidence, a European official and two U.S. officials said. 

The U.S. officials said there are no indications China is considering providing weapons to Russia. The Biden administration put that out as a warning to China not to do so, they said. 

On the empire’s claim last week that Putin is being misled by his advisors because they are afraid of telling him the truth, NBC reports that this assessment “wasn’t conclusive — based more on analysis than hard evidence.”

I’d actually made fun of this ridiculous CIA press release when it was uncritically published disguised as a breaking news report by The New York Times:

We’d also had fun with State Department Spokesman Ned Price’s bizarre February impersonation of Alex Jones, where he wrongly claimed that Russia was about to release a “false flag” video using crisis actors to justify its invasion:

Other US government lies discussed in the NBC report were less cute:

In another disclosure, U.S. officials said one reason not to provide Ukraine with MiG fighter jets is that intelligence showed Russia would view the move as escalatory.

That was true, but it was also true of Stinger missiles, which the Biden administration did provide, two U.S. officials said, adding that the administration declassified the MiG information to bolster the argument not to provide them to Ukraine.

So the Biden administration knew it was sending weapons to Ukraine that would be perceived by a nuclear superpower as a provocative escalation, sent them anyway, and then lied about it. Cool, cool, cool.

This NBC report confirms rumors we’ve been hearing for months. Professional war cheerleader Max Boot said via The Council on Foreign Relations think tank in February that the Biden administration had ushered in “a new era of info ops” with intelligence releases designed not to tell the truth but to influence Putin’s decisions. Former MI6 chief John Sawers told The Atlantic Council think tank in February that the Biden administration’s “intelligence” releases were based more on a general vibe than actual intelligence, and were designed to manipulate rather than to inform.

And in case you were wondering, no, NBC did not just publish a major leak by whistleblowers within the US government who are bravely exposing the lies of the powerful with the help of the free press. One of the article’s authors is Ken Dilanian, who in 2014 was revealed to have worked as a literal CIA asset while writing for The LA Times. If you see Dilanian’s name in a byline, you may be certain that you are reading exactly what the managers of the US empire want you to read.

So why are they telling us all this now? Is the US government not worried that it will lose the trust of the public by admitting that it is continuously lying about its most high-profile international conflict? And if this is an “information war” designed to “get inside Putin’s head” as NBC’s sources claim, wouldn’t openly reporting it through the mainstream press completely defeat the purpose?

Well, the answer to those questions is where it gets really creepy. I welcome everyone’s feedback and theories on the matter, but as near as I can figure the only reason the US government would release this story to the public is because they want the general public to know about it. And the only plausible reason I can think of that they would want the public to know about it is that they are confident the public will consent to being lied to.

To get a better sense of what I’m getting at, it helps to watch the televised version of this report in which Dilanian and NBC anchor Alison Morris enthuse about how brilliant and wonderful it is that the Biden administration is employing these psychological warfare tactics to mess with Putin’s mind:


The message an indoctrinated NBC viewer will get when watching this segment is, “Isn’t this awesome? Our president is pulling off all these cool 3D chess moves to beat Putin, and we’re kind of a part of it!”

It’s been obvious for a long time that the US empire has been working to shore up narrative control to strengthen its hegemonic domination of the planet via internet censorshippropaganda, Silicon Valley algorithm manipulation, and the normalization of the persecution of journalists. We may now simply be at the stage of imperial narrative control where they can begin openly manufacturing the consent of the public to be lied to for their own good

Just as the smear campaign against Julian Assange trained mainstream liberals to defend the right of their government to keep dark secrets from them, we may now be looking at the stage of narrative control advancement where mainstream liberals are trained to defend the right of their government to lie to them.

The US is ramping up cold war aggressions against Russia and China in a desperate attempt to secure unipolar hegemony, and psychological warfare traditionally plays a major role in cold war maneuverings due to the inability to aggress in more overt ways against nuclear-armed foes. So now would definitely be the time to get the “thinkers” of America’s two mainstream political factions fanatically cheerleading their government’s psywar manipulations.

A casual glance around the internet at what mainstream liberals are saying about this NBC report shows that this is indeed what is happening. In liberal circles there does appear to be widespread acceptance of the world’s most powerful government using the world’s most powerful media institutions to lie to the public for strategic gains. If this continues to be accepted, it will make things a whole lot easier for the empire managers going forward.

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12 thoughts on “Caitlin Johnstone: US officials admit they’re literally just lying to the public about Russia”

  1. This thing I laughingly call “the government” (…really a circus, better yet… cirque des ténèbres) only knows how to lie. Every breath they take…every move they make….is a lie. They no longer have a choice. Lie or die. This is one time I wish Dersch the best of luck. If he uses this clip, how can he fail? Anyone one who can watch this…even “no standing” SCOTUS …cannot possibly call this a VIOLENT INSURRECTION. Please tell me how they’ll legaleeze their way out of this. Of course, one way would be to not allow the video.

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  2. Something rings true about this chilling tale I just watched. The story goes something like this… 10 million plus Chinese have died from a crowd control weapon experiment. This non-lethal weapon turned out to be 100% fatal and contagious to boot. The CCP has done everything in it’s power to cover it up. They came up with the corona virus cover story to justify the lockdowns. But the lockdowns were designed to hide the disposal of millions of dead people, not protect anyone.

    It’s difficult to separate the facts from deep fakes. This could be a deep fake for sure. But it jibes with other pieces of the puzzle like the many millions of cell phone pings that suddenly vanished. Please watch this video and comment. There is an epidemic of suicides from the lockdowns. Suicides are happening with such frequency it’s becoming part of every day life to see people jumping from tall buildings.

  3. Is Hunter going down? Make it so, Scotty (is that what Kirk said…something like that). I don’t know how this will affect Brandon’s presidency. Of course, if Joe had any dignity and honor left, he would resign. But, having been in politics for 50 years, those qualities cannot possibly be a part of his being. Then again, that would leave us with Harris who would likely
    giggle” us into oblivion. What a mess.

    Tony Bobulinski (old, but don’t miss it…a good reminder…best I can tell, this guy has been scrubbed)

    And of course, all evidence of this was suppressed right before the 2020 election.

    Hunter Biden laptop puts a big asterisk next to the *2020 election, all on its own. You can’t have a free and fair election when the media, tech companies, and intelligence community knowingly censor crucial information about the likely foreign corruption of one of the candidates

    — Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) March 30, 2022

  4. Well commented on, Caitlin. And just so, has the U.S. lost the high ground in human affairs. If ‘we’ are going the relativists’s route – for whom there is no right nor wrong but thinking makes it so; what is right is whatever advances your agenda and what is wrong is whatever impedes it – then we are no better than the NWO-WEF mob, bent on global control. A mighty fall. May the shame be undone just asap. Before the world gives up on any sense of morality, and concludes that there is no Purpose to life beyond just in and for itself only, and therefore, when merely an animal, do as an animal does. And worse, with the likes of nuclear and biological weapons at our command. In the hands of not even moral midgets. Soulless creatures, bent on absolute Power Over Others. Or POO for short.

  5. The Vail Ski Area offers anyone in the military a $150 season long ski pass. It’s no surprise I meet quite a few soldiers on the slopes. Last year I rode the lift with a Stealth Bomber Pilot, an F-14 Pilot and a B-52 Pilot all riding together. Today I met a West Pointer who said he was on Trump’s national security team and is now in the Reserves. I wanted to see what he knew about the Ukraine situation. He gave me boiler plate “Russia bad” propaganda. I mentioned the 14,000 ethnic Russians in the Donbass allegedly murdered in ethnic cleansing by the Nazis. Jim Willie mentioned it as a major reason for the Russians going in… to stop more genoicide and wipe out the New Nazis. My soldier thought I was out of my mind, never heard of the Azov Battalion or Nazis in the Ukraine… he said I got played by Russian Propaganda. When he said the news was accurate on the Ukraine conflict, I doubted he new jack shit about it

  6. The Truckers Convoy from DC is having a rally in Los Angeles TODAY!

    From their website:
    “The People’s Convoy is Heading to California!

    These universally dangerous bills are about to be voted on in the California legislature! If passed, these bills will change everything for people who want to Live, Work or Learn in the State of CA while exercising their right to medical freedom.

    If passed, these bills set the stage for other states to introduce similar laws. We know that what starts in CA, spreads to other blue and purple states, and potentially at a federal level. This affects everyone!

    Share with as many people you can, make sure they understand what could happen, and start calling your representatives! For more details on how to TAKE ACTION, visit

    I’m heading down there, but those not in LA can watch the livestream at 3 eastern, 2 central here.
    Check out the tons of speakers!

    Here’s another story about it from the DAily News

    And the story from the Times


    1. Great info, Toni…..I notice the hearings are past for all but the top bill. Have you any idea how those hearings went? What’s your gut feeling about stopping these monstrosities? They’re outrageous. How the hell did they get as far as they did? Here’s a hopefully readable image of the bills themselves. If it doesn’t show up well, just go to the links provided by Toni. These horrid bills must be stopped now.


    2. Thanks, Will.

      I don’t know the future of the pandemic in California. As they loosen mandates throughout the state, the legislature continues to invent new orders for behavior modification and limiting exemptions. Like everything else, we could vote all day or protest all day, and not see any results from the government or the press. Non-compliance is the only way around this thing. And government and the media will never back us on that.

      It’s a revelation to be among like-minded people, I’ll tell you that. Everyone I saw was on the same page, and that is so heartening. I especially loved seeing people from other states there who joined the convoy to come to California to stand with us.


      1. I watched that entire live feed. It more than inspiring and I have the greatest respect for all those involved. But, alas, I KNOW it must go beyond protest. It becomes obvious they ALLOW that as some kind of steam control. Nothing will change until we all come together and shut it all down…..and that is what scares the hell out of these creatures. I see no other choice and have no idea how to get there. In Truth VS news this past Sunday, Bennet suggested (and Fetz went along with it) that it may be time to get armed and take things into our own hands. They suggested Trump lead us into that scenario. Something within me does not see Trump leading any brigade. Your take?

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