The Canary has reached new conspiracist depths in an article published today, which defends Donald Trump over allegations of collusion with Russia, Vladimir Putin over allegations of interference in the 2016 US Presidential election, and Julian Assange of WikiLeaks. The article includes:
- Claims that “forensic analysis” proves that Russia did not hack the Democratic National Committee’s emails in 2016;
- Calls for its readers to back two pro-Julian Assange campaigns and to donate to Wikileaks’ lawsuit against The Guardian;
- And attempts to undermine trust in the Mueller investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
The “forensic analysis” the article refers to was conducted by a group called Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. This organisation demonstrated in reliability in 2010, when it claimed that Israel would bomb Iran “as early as next month” (it didn’t). It also denied Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack in Ghoutta in an open letter to President Obama in 2013. One of the signatories of the letter used Alex Jones’ Infowars as a source for an article published around the same time, questioning the US Government’s account of the Syrian attack.
Ironically, the headline of The Canary article reports “growing calls” for Katherine Viner, the Editor of The Guardian, to resign over a “fake news story.”
One group The Canary asks its readers to support is the ‘Unity4J’ Assange campaign. Listed as “participants” on the campaign’s website are alt-right ‘Pizzagate’ troll Jack Posobiec, George Galloway, and several employees of Kremlin-backed media outlets.
The article also repeats criticism of Robert Mueller, currently investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian state, which has been promoted by Russia state media in an effort to discredit the former FBI Director.
The site suggests readers donate to a Wikileaks GoFundMe page, to help the organisation sue The Guardian. The newspaper published a story yesterday, repeating claims that Paul Manafort, then Trump’s campaign manager, had met Assange prior to WikiLeaks publishing emails from the accounts of Democratic Party staff. The page has raised $24,000 towards its target of $300,000.
This isn’t the first time that the site has promoted conspiracy theories, but The Canary remains by far the best-read site in the alt-left media sphere.