Before Donald Trump the Russians attempted to recruit other conservatives, starting with Sarah Palin.

By |2018-05-12T08:36:54-08:00May 11th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News, Palin|Tags: , , , , , |25 Comments

Gee, the Russians really were coming.

Courtesy of NPR:

Kremlin-linked Russian politician Alexander Torshin traveled frequently between Moscow and various destinations in the United States to build relationships with figures on the American right starting as early as 2009, beyond his previously known contacts with the National Rifle Association.

Documents newly obtained by NPR show how he traveled throughout the United States to cultivate ties in ways well beyond his formal role as a member of the Russian legislature and later as a top official at the Russian central bank. These are steps a former top CIA official believes Torshin took in order to advance Moscow’s long-term objectives in the United States, in part by establishing common political interests with American conservatives.

“Putin and probably the Russian intelligence services saw [Torshin’s connections] as something that they could leverage in the United States,” said Steve Hall, a retired CIA chief of Russian operations. “They reach out to a guy like Torshin and say, ‘Hey, can you make contact with the NRA and some other conservatives … so that we can have connectivity from Moscow into those conservative parts of American politics should we need them?’ And that’s basically just wiring the United States for sound, if you will, in preparation for whatever they might need down the road.”

Apparently part of their attempts to court conservatives was to open the conversation with their shared dislike for gay people.

Torshin’s attempted to meet with our favorite half-term governor, Sarah Palin, back in 2009:

Torshin’s earliest known visit to the United States was in 2009, when he requested a meeting with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin — a request that has never before been reported.

An email from the former Alaska governor’s archives, released due to a public records request from activist Andree McLeod and posted online en masse by then-Alaska Dispatch News reporter Richard Mauer, shows how Torshin made the approach through the Russian ambassador to the U.S., who was then Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

An aide wrote to Palin in May of 2009: “You had received a request to call the Russian Ambassador regarding a proposed visit by Mr. Alexander Torshin… Torshin will be visiting Alaska on June 6, 2009 and we have asked the Lt. Governor to meet with him.” Neither the Russian Embassy nor Palin responded to a request for comment.

Here is a copy of that email.

Which you can also see here.

Gee, if Palin had only played her cards right, perhaps Putin would have helped to put HER into the White House instead of Donald Trump. 

Or did perhaps certain “lamestream” media types and bloggers help to put the kibosh on those plans?

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  1. July 3 2009 Biches May 11, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    If the russians wanted to get to Sarah why not use Franklin Graham?

    Just sayin biches!

    All them Palins coulda been wearing Gucci Flip Flops!

    This a big watch, diamond drippin’ off of the clock

    • Anon May 15, 2018 at 8:03 am

      8 Track is on FB Matsu Crime blog.
      I wonder why he is stalking that site?

  2. Anonymous May 11, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Found this old email from Alexander Torshin to Vladimir Putin


    If you ask me to go back and meet Sarah Palin again, I will come to Moscow and rip your arm off and beat you and your entire family to death with it.

    The lady is dumber than a train full of hammer and sickles. She smells like a dead brown bear that has been rotting in the woods for several months.

    Pick up a seashell and hold it to your ear … the seashell talks in clearer sentences and uses better grammar and makes far more sense than she ever will.

    If I were her husband, I would have hung myself after one week of marriage.

    Your ex-friend


    • Anonymous May 11, 2018 at 8:40 pm

      OMG, I burst out laughing so hard with that old email you ‘found’! Thank you!

  3. Anonymous May 11, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    They probable decided the drug/alcohol abuse in the whole family was a liability,loose lips.

    On the other hand,this might rxplain their lavish life style with no legitimate employment.

    What ever happened to the commenter that use to make all those references to sarah and russia?

  4. anonymous May 11, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    They’re our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska”

    ‘FEY AS PALIN: “You know, Hillary and I don’t agree on everything …”
    POEHLER AS CLINTON: (OVERLAPPING) “Anything. I believe that diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy.”

    FEY AS PALIN: “And I can see Russia from my house.”’

  5. Anonymous May 11, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    I think they did get to her monetarily. I mean follow the money. You’ll see.

  6. Hedgewytch May 11, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Wasn’t there a blog poster back when Sarah suddenly gave up the Governorship that made vague comments about Russian connections and why she may have done that?

    • anonymous May 11, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      What really happened before she quit…I think it was much more simpleton than Russians!

      Ask her Dan from Ohio!

    • Anon May 12, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      When your worth a lot of money, people will say and do anything to get it and keep it. That poster is the reason they upchucked graves in Russia. It sounds Iike a decendant of the royal family figured out things weren’t right in DC & Moscow. Questions shifts the sands of time and humanity with actions of the Catholic church and then Sarah scarily resigned. Eye roll. Man, it’s 2018 and if I were Russia, I would want my money back and family to return to Russia.
      Not these bullshit, sex, money power games they have been playing so long.
      Humanity is busy people. Out with it!

  7. Anonymous May 11, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    The Palin pout never gets old. The essential nature of the tiny nitwit.

    • anonymous May 12, 2018 at 8:27 am

      That famous Sarah Palin “who just shit?” look dates from Van Dyck Park in Fairfax, Virginia on September 10 2008.

  8. anonymous May 11, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    That’s one of my favorite Sarah Palin pictures!

    Giving the old stink eye!

    • anonymous May 11, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Back when she was trying to sidetrack McCain!


      • anonymous May 11, 2018 at 9:50 pm

        Sidetrack llc?!


        • anonymous May 11, 2018 at 9:53 pm

          Sidetrack llc?!

          Who dat?

          • anonymous May 12, 2018 at 6:45 am

            The one in Alaska?


  9. anonymous May 11, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Just like posing your kids in Valley trash tshirts- Trig in a ‘MERICA tshirt.


  10. Anonymous May 11, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Attempted to recruit? They DID! Go back to what she said to Katie Couric. Tawd’s prostitution/trafficking ties. It’s all there.

    Bill Maher’s “and finally” tonight was spot on.
    We know EXACTLY who you are, $arah Palin, and may I say that you look absolutely more garish every time you “rear your head” these days.

  11. Anonymous May 11, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Jason Kessler, the extremist behind last year’s violent alt-right “Unite the Right” rally at which a counter-protester was killed, said that if he is denied a permit to host an anniversary event in Charlottesville, Virginia, this summer that activists will demonstrate outside of the White House instead.

    Kessler applied for a permit to host another Unite the Right rally last year, but the city of Charlottesville denied his request, citing a “danger to public safety.” He is currently suing Charlottesville, arguing that the city is suppressing his First Amendment rights and is to blame for the violence that occurred at last year’s event. The University of Virginia has also banned Kessler from organizing on their campus.

    Yesterday, Kessler appeared on the white nationalist podcast hosted by Jean Francois Gariépy to promote his follow-up rally and dismiss the fact that many of the alt-right figures who headlined last year’s event told Newsweek’s Michael Hayden that they did not plan to attend Kessler’s anniversary rally. Kessler went on to say that the violence at last year’s rally was “necessary because people had to be shaken out of this comfort that they were in” and that he hoped to transform the alt-right into a “white civil rights movement.”

    He then told Gariépy that he has a backup plan if his lawsuit against Charlottesville fails.

    “I do have a backup plan, for people who have been asking, and that is going to be in front of the White House. So, if Charlottesville denies our permit for any reason, it’s not safe, we’re going to get in vans and we’re going to go to Lafayette Park in front of the White House,” Kessler said.

    Kessler said he anticipates a ruling in his lawsuit in July but in the meantime, people who wish to participate should book hotel rooms mid-way between Charlottesville and Washington.

    Watch Video Below

  12. Old Redneck May 11, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Neither Torshin nor the Russian ambassador is a stupid person. In fact, they are highly-trained, experienced, competent intelligence operatives. I suspect they took one look at Sarah and said “FORGETABOUTIT!!! This broad is too damn stupid!!! In fact, she’s so dumb she can’t even be an unwitting dupe!! “

  13. Anonymous May 11, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Nobody paid attention to Jeff Sessions this week. That’s good for him, bad for America
    The attorney general’s noxious new policy of separating families at the border was only one highlight of his week

    On Monday, Sessions made official the Trump administration policy of ripping children from their families, if they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. On Tuesday, he traveled to Tennessee to taunt the 97 workers who were arrested during a recent immigration raid at a local meat processing plant. “I’m not shedding tears about them,” Sessions said of the detained workers, and the 160 children left without parents overnight.

  14. Old Redneck May 12, 2018 at 5:18 am

    Remember Nancy French? You know — the biblethumper who was ghost writer for Bristol’s book and for one of Sarah’s books? French also was the ghostwriter for Bristol and Sarah’s blogs and Facebook pages — that is, she was their ghostwriter until SarahPAC folded and the money ran out.

    Well, now it turns out that French’ husband, David, is part of a growing crowd of rightwing snowflakes complaining they are being victimized by “the intellectual dark web.”

  15. whatevs May 12, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Torshin>Marina Butina>Marina Lupas>Sarah Palin?

  16. Chenagrrl May 24, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Makes a body wonder what the Ruskies uncovered about Sister Sarah in their hacking foray.

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