Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Send Out the Clowns

Energy Secretary Rick Perry thought he was talking about cyberhacking and a biofuel breakthrough in a call with Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman. Alas, the 22-minute phone call was actually conducted with Russian pranksters.

Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, who are described as the "Jerky Boys of Russia," have conducted similar prank calls with U.S. Senator John McCain and singer Elton John. They arranged the call with Perry last week, just a few weeks after he had met with Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, and his delegation.


[T]hey pitched Perry on a new fuel made from alcohol and manure and discussed President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, according to a recording posted online.

They also wondered if Ukraine could get a cut-rate deal on U.S. coal exports.

Maybe, Perry said.

“Negotiation is always possible,” he told them.


"We look forward to bringing some oil and gas interests to the Ukraine," Perry said during the call, adding that the Trump administration opposed the proposed Nordstream 2 pipeline across the Baltic Sea to Germany. The administration is supportive of sanctions against Russia, Perry added.

Calls between Cabinet secretaries and foreign officials are typically closely vetted; it’s not clear how the pranksters connected with Perry.

It strikes me that this would be a good way for someone to find out US secrets. At least all of them known to the clowns in the Trump administration.

By the way, Rick, it hasn't been "the Ukraine" for a long time. It's Ukraine.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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