Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Ray McGOvern on Helsinki and Russiagate

Ray McGovern On Trump/Putin Helsinki Meeting & The Shocking Treatment Of Journalist Sam Husseini

Richie Allen Show

Legendary CIA analyst and political activist Ray McGovern joins Richie. Ray reflects on Donald Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, both mens insistence that there was no collusion before the election, the indictment of 12 Russian spies for alleged election hacking and more. This is unmissable. Ray also chats about the appalling treatment of journalist Sam Husseini, who was forcibly removed from the press conference by hired goons, moments before it started

A reporter was forcibly removed from the press conference featuring President Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday after he reportedly brought a sign into the meeting.

Sam Husseini, a spokesman for the Institute for Public Accuracy who was reporting for the left-wing publication The Nation, was initially asked by security to exit the press room, and he obliged, according to CNN.

When he was brought back into the room to retrieve his things, he reportedly claimed he got the boot because of the sign he waved. CNBC reports the sign — which read “Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty” — was deemed a “malicious item” by Russian authorities.

Husseini held the sign up upon his return and was quickly flanked by a team of security guards and forcibly removed from the room.

At a time when this administration consistently denigrates the media, we’re troubled by reports that he was forcibly removed from the press conference before the two leaders began to take questions,” Caitlin Graf, The Nation’s vice president of communications, said in a statement.

Sam Husseini is escorted out of the press conference room for waving a sign reading "Nuclear weapon Ban Treaty" ahead a joint press conference of the U.S. and Russian presidents.
Husseini took to Twitter hours after the incident to say he’d been detained by Finnish authorities.

I was held for a time by Finnish authorities at Presidential Palace and then manhandled and cuffed on hands and legs to detention facility,” he wrote. “They wouldn’t call my family to tell them I was unharmed. Thanks for well wishes from many good folks. More soon.”

CNN video shows the journalist was grabbed around the waist and pulled out by a team of three guards just before Trump and Putin took questions from the press.

The ousting comes as more than 300 billboards along the route of the airport to the summit in Helsinki blared the message, “Mr. President, Welcome to the land of free press” and “Trump calls media enemy of the people,” courtesy of Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

Trump has long declared his disdain for the press, and on Sunday, again claimed that “much of our news media indeed the enemy of the people” on Twitter.

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