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Fri Mar 8, 2019, 09:47 AM

The 'Otherwise Blameless Life' of Paul Manafort

“He has lived an otherwise blameless life,” said Judge T. S. Ellis as he sentenced Paul Manafort to just 47 months in prison on Thursday.

In an otherwise blameless life, Paul Manafort lobbied on behalf of the tobacco industry and wangled millions in tax breaks for corporations.

In an otherwise blameless life, he helped Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos bolster his image in Washington after he assassinated his primary political opponent.

In an otherwise blameless life, he worked to keep arms flowing to the Angolan generalissimo Jonas Savimbi, a monstrous leader bankrolled by the apartheid government in South Africa. While Manafort helped portray his client as an anti-communist “freedom fighter,” Savimbi’s army planted millions of land mines in peasant fields, resulting in 15,000 amputees.

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In an otherwise blameless life, he spent a decade as the chief political adviser to a clique of former gangsters in Ukraine. This clique hoped to capture control of the state so that it could enrich itself with government contracts and privatization agreements. This was a group closely allied with the Kremlin, and Manafort masterminded its rise to power—thereby enabling Ukraine’s slide into Vladimir Putin’s orbit.

More at https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/584419/

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2019, 09:49 AM

1. He meant well, all right?!?

Just a bumbling, stumbling kind of guy, you know.

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Fri Mar 8, 2019, 10:00 AM

2. But he was an altar boy

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Fri Mar 8, 2019, 10:25 AM

3. Manafort and Stone were part of the "Torturers' Lobby"

back in the 1990s as a report by the Center for Public Integrity called it. They advised, lobbied and did PR to raise U.S. money and support for murderous dictators and insurgent leaders in Kenya, Indonesia, Somalia, Nigeria, Phillipines, Angola. Of course, Ukraine/Russia.

Newsweek: ... “Former Reagan political operative Paul Manafort oversees foreign accounts; his partner, Charles R. Black, was a senior political strategist in the 1992 Bush-Quayle campaign. Their firm's fees to represent Nigeria, Kenya, the Philippines and Angola's UNITA rebel group in 1991 totaled more than $3 million. All four receive U.S. aid and abuse human rights,” the report continued. The lobbying firm’s work with dictators predates the 1990s, however. Established in 1980, Manafort’s lobbying firm began ...

Meanwhile, former Democratic Senator Bill Bradley, of New Jersey, accused Manafort’s lobbying firm of having lengthened the civil war in Angola by supporting Jonas Savimbi. The firm helped secure support in Washington for Savimbi’s National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), which was trying to oust a Marxist government from power in the 1980s. According to Human Rights Watch, UNITA “used terror as a policy, to obtain supplies and coerce and intimidate civilians. Indiscriminate killings, mutilation of limbs or ears, and beatings were used by rebels to punish suspected government sympathizers or as a warning against betraying UNITA.” ...

According to one of his former employees, Manafort’s work has been characterized by his lack of moral compass and motivation for money and influence. “I told Manafort it didn’t seem like a promising strategy to march into a murderous dictator’s office and point out to him and his lieutenants that he had a public relations problem. ‘Are we sure we want this guy as a client?’ I asked, in a garish display of naďveté,” K. Riva Levinson, who worked for Manafort early in her career, wrote in an op-ed last year. “Manafort sounded annoyed, as if I had asked the right question at the wrong time. He waved off my concerns as he settled into his large leather armchair in his spacious corner office overlooking the Potomac River, the walls adorned with photos of past presidents, senators, congressmen and other notables,” Levinson described.

https://www.newsweek.com/heres-where-paul-manafort-did-business-corrupt-dictators-1061470

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Fri Mar 8, 2019, 10:38 AM

4. In an otherwise blameless life

he coerced his wife into participating in group sex with multiple men.

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Fri Mar 8, 2019, 10:53 AM

5. This

a must read

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