U.S. intel officials targeted right-leaning Zero Hedge because it wont spread leftist propaganda

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The Biden administration has accused a non-establishment news site known for leaning to the right of disseminating Russian propaganda.

The site, Zero Hedge, has long faced attacks from the far-left over its willingness to challenge the establishment left’s narratives.

Amid the violent Black Lives Matter riots of 2020, Google banned Zero Hedge from its advertising platform after the radical Center for Countering Digital Hate accused it of publishing “racist articles” about said riots, as reported then by NBC News.

Years later, and with Democrats now in control of the executive branch, it appears these attacks are now coming from the highest levels of government.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that U.S. intelligence officials from the Biden administration have accused Zero Hedge of having “published articles created by Moscow-controlled media that were then shared by outlets and people unaware of their nexus to Russian intelligence.”

“The officials did not say whether they thought Zero Hedge knew of any links to spy agencies and did not allege direct links between the website and Russia,” according to the AP.

The report hasn’t been well-received on social media:

The AP’s report included no direct quotes or evidence from the unnamed officials to substantiate their theory. But it appears the establishment media outlet did for its part try to conjure up evidence on the administration’s behalf.

The AP specifically noted that Zero Hedge has “posted stories about allegations of wrongdoing by his son Hunter,” has been an “amplifier of conspiracy theories and misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic” and has challenged the establishment narrative surrounding Ukraine.

Some of the so-called COVID “misinformation” included “articles touting natural immunity to COVID-19 and unproven treatments.” FYI, even the CDC has admitted that natural immunity is valid.

Regarding Ukraine, the AP complained about Zero Hedge publishing articles accusing the Biden administration of “fomenting panic about Ukraine.”

Not mentioned by the AP was that even Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused the administration of fomenting panic:

The AP claimed that the articles about “panic” were “written by people affiliated with the Strategic Culture Foundation,” a group that the Biden administration sanctioned last year “for allegedly taking part in Russia’s interference in the 2020 U.S. election.”

Members of the foundation allegedly “take direction from the SVR, the Russian foreign intelligence service,” according to the AP.

In an emailed statement to the AP, a Zero Hedge spokesperson said there’s “no relationship between Strategic Cultural Foundation (or the SVR) and Zero Hedge.”

The spokesperson added that Zero Hedge is simply in the business of publishing a diversity of voices to ensure their readers get the full story on every issue.

“[U]nlike Mainstream Media, we try to publish a wide spectrum of views that cover both sides of a given story,” the spokesperson said.

In a lengthier response published to Zero Hedge, the site’s founder, who goes by the alias “Tyler Durden,” expressed the belief that the latest attack is being orchestrated by the CIA.

“Well, now we’ve done it – we’ve angered the CIA, and for what? For publishing views that challenge the conventional narrative, such as disputing that an invasion of Ukraine is actually ‘imminent’ as the US State Department and its mainstream media conduits repeat day after day,” he wrote.

“[O]r that the Covid virus was actually created in a Chinese lab, a view which has gained substantial prominence in recent months after it emerged that none other than the UK’s Jeremy Farrar (also known as the UK’s Doctor Fauci) played a pivotal role in stifling suggestions that this new virus might have come from a laboratory rather than emerged through natural zoonotic transmission from animals.”

He added that Zero Hedge “has never worked, collaborated or cooperated with Russia, nor are there any links to spy (or any other) agencies.”

As for Ukraine, though the Biden administration has been warning of an “imminent” invasion for weeks now, it has yet to occur.

Writing for Substack last week, non-establishment journalist Michael Tracey suggested that perhaps the administration should apologize for its poor predictions.

“It has now been over three weeks since the Biden Administration started warning that a Russian invasion of Ukraine was ‘imminent,’ which raises fresh questions about the definition of the word ‘imminent.’ Because if I tell you something is going to happen imminently, and then a month passes and nothing happens, I’d have thought my projection of ‘imminence’ would be rendered incorrect,” he wrote.

“And I should, I don’t know, account for that in some way — maybe even apologize? But that’s not how the US Government operates in the realm of foreign policy, least of all for anything to do with Russia.”

But instead of apologizing, it appears the Biden administration has chosen to rely on the long-established Democrat habit of accusing anyone who dissents from its chosen narratives of being a Russian stooge …

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