There’s a news article (Russia Releases Damning Evidence Of The U.S. Smuggling Syrian Oil) posted on Yahoo:
Which they got from oilprice.com:
Which they got from Zerohedge:
Which got it from The Saker Blog (“Stop the Empire’s War on Russia” is its motto). Confusingly, “the Empire” seems to be their shorthand for “Anglo-American-Zionist” or something else that might make sense to someone who failed Logic 101:
Which is a translation from an RIA Novosti (a Russian state-operated domestic news agency) piece:
Okay, so maybe this is all true. Maybe Americans have been stealing Syrian petroleum. Given the current administration’s deeply corrupt inclinations, we can’t rule out this possibility. Said Trump just yesterday: “We’re keeping the oil. I’ve always said that — keep the oil. We want to keep the oil, $45 million a month. Keep the oil. We’ve secured the oil.”
That said, it’s nothing if not sloppy for Yahoo (and whoever else might pick up the story from them) to run with a headline like “Russia Releases Damning Evidence Of The U.S. Smuggling Syrian Oil” without at least mentioning that the original source was a Russian state media outlet that maybe, just maybe, is skilled at disseminating disinformation, and that the article was then translated by someone who has a seemingly sketchy blog and an unknown agenda?
Is that really too much to ask?
map from RIA Novosti article