Attorney General Bill Barr had a press conference on Thursday where he said that he amplified a little of what we reported earlier in the day: that Antifa was in fact instigating and participating in the violent activity.
From looking at the activity on social media, the nature of the videos and who is posting about the actions, it’s fairly clear that the actions so far have been largely leftist driven by the Antifa-connected anarchist, socialists and Communists individuals and groups.
“We have evidence that Antifa and other similar extremist groups, as well as actors of a variety of different political persuasions, have been involved in instigating and participating in the violent activity,” Barr explained. So that doesn’t mean it’s only Antifa in all instances.
FBI Director Chris Wray followed up on Barr’s remarks by making clear that the FBI had a number of “ongoing investigations” of “violent anarchist extremists’ with Antifa-like views, but that people weren’t being investigated for political views but for their actions.
But Barr said two additional words about which there has been some speculation. “We are also seeing foreign actors playing all sides to exacerbate the violence.”
Now that last part is perhaps the most interesting. What foreign actors?
While Russia collusion was a hoax, what was true is that Russia played both sides in stoking division during the 2016 election as the Mueller investigation confirmed. They helped pro-Trump and anti-Trump protests, including an anti-Trump protest in New York that had an estimated 12,000 people in attendance.
Russia was behind promoting Occupy as a symbol that the U.S. was collapsing and dissolving into chaos. RT anchors ended up calling this out.
Indeed, Russian/Soviet involvement in leftist protests in the U.S. goes back to at least the 1960s.
So we should not discount that as a possibility when looking at who might like to destabilize us. Indeed, recall the reports that the information that Russia wanted Hillary to win was suppressed and that the information used by Christopher Steele was Russian disinformation.
But there’s another possibility in the “who wishes us ill” sweepstakes, a country who’s already indicated a willingness to be involved and that’s China. As we reported earlier, China was taunting us, calling the riots “beautiful” and “retribution” for our support for the Hong Kong protesters, and for leveling sanctions against them and pulling Hong Kong’s special trade status. They also are infuriated at us for nailing them about the cover-up of the Wuhan coronavirus.
China bots are definitely online doing the bot thing against the U.S. Hong Kong protesters believe that there is involvement of China’s agents in the protests in the United States and I’ll be writing more about that.