WASHINGTON, July 27, 2017 — Recently, the Washington firm Fusion GPS made news for its manufacturing of a bogus dossier on President Donald Trump for a client: the Democratic Party.
The services of Fusion GPS, we now know, are called upon when a client needs to create a diversion from their corruption: like manufacturing phony dossiers and Russian collusion narratives against a duly elected president to boost the stature of a corrupt Hillary Clinton, who sold 20 percent of America’s uranium deposits to Russia to enrich her family and its foundation; or besmirching the reputations of pro-life whistle-blowers who exposed Planned Parenthood’s ghoulish profiting from the sale of fetal body parts.
Another beneficiary of Fusion GPS’s services is the corrupt democratic socialist regime in Venezuela.
Back in 2016, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), whose website describes itself as “an investigative reporting platform formed by 41 non-profit investigative centers, scores of journalists and several major regional news organizations around the globe,” declared Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro “Man of the Year in Organized Crime and Corruption.”
According to the OCCRP:
“As murder and crime in Venezuela has skyrocketed and political oppression has intensified, the president [Nicolás Maduro] and his inner circle, including his wife Cilia Flores, have extracted millions from state coffers to cover the patronage that keeps him in power… In November , a jury in New York convicted two of [Cilia] Flores’ nephews in a multimillion-dollar drug scam designed to raise funds to keep the family in power. The nephews plotted to use the presidential hanger at a Venezuelan airport to ship 800 kilograms of cocaine to the U.S. through Honduras.”
The Maduro regime has also stolen billions of dollars by skimming funds from state-owned oil company Petróleos de Venezuela.
One alleged partner in the embezzlement scheme is Venezuelan energy company Derwick Associates. Last year, Swiss authorities granted the U.S. Justice Department access to the records of 18 Swiss banks believe to have aided the Maduro regime in money laundering.
According to Spain’s El País, Derwick Associates paid “bribes to officials high in the Chavista regime.”
U.S. authorities are probing “whether billions of dollars in funds obtained through corrupt activity flowed directly from Venezuela to Switzerland,” Bloomberg reported.
And so, Derwick Associates employed the services of Fusion GPS to help deal with its press problems outside the confines of the U.S., where investigative journalists are independent seekers of truth and not servile hacks in service to a single and corrupt political party.
One victim of Fusion GPS is blogger and investigative journalist Alek Boyd, whose personal interactions with Fusion’s co-founder Tom Catan are fascinating and informative (HERE).
According to Boyd, a face-to-face meeting with officials at Derwick Associates in Caracas concerning their energy contracts triggered an interesting response:
“In November 2014… my flat in London was broken into. Laptops were stolen, threats of sexual abuse against my children were made, and an orchestrated online defamation campaign against me was launched simultaneously…. The hand of Fusion GPS may well have been behind the effort… unsubstantiated accusations about my alleged involvement in car theft, extortion, homosexuality, AIDS-spreading, drug trafficking and pedophilia were published in social media, websites and even by leading Venezuelan opposition politicians related to Derwick Associates.”
It’s easy to understand why investigative journalist Alek Boyd would think the smear campaign waged against him on behalf of a corrupt socialist Venezuela and its energy-sector cronies is the work of Fusion GPS.
It’s very similar to the smear campaign Fusion waged against President Trump shortly after his election.
A smear campaign Arizona Sen. John McCain hoped to advance by passing Fusion’s bogus Trump dossier among his congressional colleagues and the press.
And Fusion GPS will continue to flourish in a world filled with such corrupt enablers.