Czechia’s Deep State Is Divided Over Its Latest Russiagate Hoax

Czech President Milos Zeman’s stunning revelation on Sunday that his country’s counterintelligence officials never had any evidence over these past six years to implicate the two alleged GRU agents who were recently accused of involvement in an accidental munitions blast exposed Czechia’s deep state divisions over its latest Russiagate hoax and raises questions about whether other NATO members’ permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies are similarly divided over relations with the Eurasian Great Power.

Debunking The Deep State

The increasingly bizarre saga surrounding an accidental munitions blast in Czechia over six years ago took another curious turn on Sunday after President Milos Zeman stunningly revealed that his country’s counterintelligence officials never had any evidence to implicate the two alleged GRU agents who were recently accused of involvement in it. Czech officials had previously blamed the same two men who were alleged to have attempted the unsuccessful assassination of the Skripals a few years back, only for their head of state to publicly debunk them during an extraordinary address to the nation. Not only that, but President Zeman also publicly speculated that recent events might be a “game” involving the special services, which hints that Czechia is being manipulated as a pawn in the West’s New Cold War with Russia.

Russia’s Reaction

The reaction from Moscow was swift. Leonid Slutsky, the Chairman of the Duma’s International Committee, immediately asked for an apology “if Prague is still independent in its decisions”, concluding that “Obviously, these actions were an information veil to diver attention of the world community from an attempted state coup in Belarus.” Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, meanwhile, said that “they have driven themselves into a corner, put their allies in an awkward position, destroyed relations diplomats have been building for years. And now they have to back-pedal.” He also lamented the damage that this manufactured scandal inflicted on bilateral relations as a result of the diplomatic expulsions and subsequent failure to reach the Sputnik V deal that both sides were hitherto working towards.

The Bigger Picture

The sequence of recent events and their attendant significance is now becoming clearer than ever before. As I explained over the weekend, the fake Russian “spy” scandal in Czechia was simply meant to divert attention from the foiled Belarusian assassination and coup attempt. It also served the purpose of distracting the West’s Russophobic populations that had been hyped up by propaganda over the past month of the fact that there’s a comparative de-escalation taking place in Donbass at the moment, which contradicts their false expectations that Russia would “imminently invade”. That state of affairs might suddenly change of course, but for the time being at least, nothing is going the way that the West wanted everyone to think. No large-scale war has yet to break out in Donbass nor has Russia dispatched any troops there, though the situation still remains tense.

From Conspiracy Theory To Conspiracy Fact

Prior to President Zeman’s address, it might have simply been dismissed as a so-called “conspiracy theory” to claim that the latest Russian “spy” scandal in Czechia was part of a “game” between special services, yet nobody can credibly say that any longer after what he just revealed to the public. His stunning disclosure confirms what many objective observers were already aware of, which is the divisions between many countries’ permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies (“deep state”), particularly as it relates to Russiagate hoaxes. All actions have consequences, and some members of the Czech deep state might have naively thought that their country would get off scot-free for expelling Russian diplomats and assailing that country’s international reputation. They didn’t expect that Russia would symmetrically respond.

Deep State Divisions

Expanding upon this observation, it can be said that while this latest Russiagate hoax brought deep state divisions to the surface, it probably wasn’t the cause for these differences in the first place since they likely predated that manufactured scandal. This is natural since factionalism is part and parcel of all bureaucracies, especially those as complex as the military, intelligence, and diplomatic ones. Differences of opinion predominate despite the tendency towards groupthink, but what’s unusual is that they exploded in such a dramatic way in a so-called “democracy” and brought about an outcome that was so counterproductive to national interests. Deep state intrigue, during the rare moments that it’s even acknowledged at all by the Mainstream Media, is wrongly presented as exclusive to so-called “autocracies”.

Democracies vs. Their Deep State

President Zeman’s public revelation powerfully contradicts that false narrative and should convince those who hadn’t already realized this as a result of Trump’s deep state drama over the last four years that “democracies” are actually more vulnerable to deep state-driven destabilization than “autocracies”. The reasons for this are plenty but can be generally attributed to the comparative freedom that each faction’s members have to operate within their respective systems. This is especially the case when it comes to waging information warfare since all that it takes is a few folks from a certain faction to “leak” fake news to their country’s obsequious Mainstream Media in order to generate a literal conspiracy out of thin air like what just happened with Czechia’s manufactured Russiagate hoax.

The Czech Chain Reaction

One can only speculate upon this subject owing to the dearth of publicly confirmed information about it, but it wouldn’t be surprising if similarly intense deep state divisions exist all throughout NATO, especially regarding those governments’ relations with Russia. The rest of the alliance’s European members must be watching events unfold in Czechia with serious concern since the responsible members of their own deep states might fear that they could soon be the next state to be sacrificed in advance of the US’ strategic aims. Just like Czechia’s relations with Russia were destroyed by the pro-American faction of the country’s deep state, so too could this happen in other countries as well. Preexisting deep state divisions might therefore intensify all throughout NATO as various factions become more suspicious of one another and try to preempt their plots.

Concluding Thoughts

This insight very strongly suggests that the West isn’t as stable behind the scenes as it presents itself as being. There isn’t much unity of purpose, and many countries have already surrendered their strategic sovereignty to the US. Those few that haven’t such as Germany are constantly in fear that pro-American members of their deep state might sabotage their relations with Russia just as easily as they recently succeeded in doing in Czechia. After all, it only takes a few strategic “leaks” of genuinely fake news to provoke an international scandal that quickly spirals out of control. The irony is that while the US wants the NATO countries’ counterintelligence services to focus more on so-called “Russian influence” operations, they’d actually do better trying to root out American influence ones instead before it’s too late.

By Andrew Korybko Via