Sir Andrew Wood, the man who John McCain admits alerted him to the existence of the Steele Dossier during a secret meeting at a security conference in Canada, once said “I like to break up countries,” during a 2015 panel discussion on how to stop what is described as “the increasing Russian threat to the international order.”
While the media has portrayed Sir Andrew Wood as little more than a middle man in the Russian Dossier saga, the powerful British diplomat and associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia programme at London’s Chatham House seems to have played a much bigger role. In fact, Wood’s background, his long history of opposition to Russia, and his role in the story of the Steele dossier, makes it difficult not to question the entire narrative we’ve been told about Russian interference, Russian meddling, Russian collusion, or whatever they’re calling it today. At the very least, one wonders why the media has paid such little attention to a man who is such a central figure in the Russian saga.
In today’s episode of the Propaganda Report podcast, we introduce you to Sir Andrew Wood and we analyze a June 2015 Chatham House report titled “The Russian Challenge” as well as statements made by Sir Andrew during a July 2015 panel discussion at The Center for Strategic and International Studies titled, “The Russian Challenge:” Europe’s Future Policy Course Towards Russia Considered
Chatham House Report – “The Russian Challenge” – Sir Andrew is one of the authors.
Sir Andrew Wood Biography at Chatham House & A List of Papers He’s Published on Russia Dating From November of 2008 to March of 2018.
On November 14th, 2011, The Carnegie Endowment Published a talk on Sir Andrew Wood’s New Book, ‘Change or Decay’, in which he and another author analyze how relations are shifting between Russia and the world. During the talk Wood says,
- “it is clear that Putin has no intention of changing course or becoming a real reformer.”
February 1st, 2012 Chatham House Report Title, ‘Putin Again: Implications for Russia and the West’ – Sir Andrew Wood is one of the authors.
- “The West should reassess its understanding of the nature and trajectory of Russia. Relationships should be based not upon the personal relationships between leaders, but upon a set of guiding principles based upon generally accepted international norms and values.”
In an October 17th, 2013 article from the Guardian, Wood says, “”The United Kingdom has always pursued a relatively tough, robust policy,” said Wood. “I think we’re now seeing a new realism about Russia on all sides in the EU, free of delusions about a special Washington-Moscow relationship. The EU is now the third leg.”
In a 2015 Paper title, “Russia and Europe in 2015“, Sir Andrew Wood Writes
- “The Russian stance towards Europe and the US has undergone severe changes, rendering any cooperation in European and other regional security increasingly difficult. With the idea of Western-inspired Russian modernisation gone, and President Putin’s self-portrayal as “strong man”, this is not about to change.”
Hero or hired gun? How a British former spy became a flash point in the Russia investigation. (Washington Post)(Sir Andrew tells Steele that he doesn’t have a choice, he must alert the right sort of people about the Dossier.)
“Sir Andrew Wood, a British former diplomat and friend of Steele, said he urged him in the fall of 2016 to alert the authorities. “The right sort of people” needed to be told, Wood said he told Steele. “My opinion was, ‘You don’t have a choice. At least, you don’t have an honorable choice.’ ””
“Steele sought out Wood, the former British ambassador to Moscow. The two had become friendly after leaving government service. A court filing would later call him an Orbis associate.”
“Wood — the former diplomat and Steele friend — said he approached Steele to discuss whether they needed to take further steps to ensure the U.S. government was aware of his information, as well. They were particularly eager to provide the research to Republicans who shared their wariness of Russia.
Wood said he reached out to David Kramer, a former State Department official who was close to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and a Russia expert. Kramer declined to comment. Kramer arranged for Wood to meet McCain in a small room on the sidelines of the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada in December, Wood said. There, Wood described Steele’s research and told McCain he could arrange for him to review it.”
Senate Judiciary Committee (Sir Andrew Was Aware of Steele’s Pre-Election Intelligence Gathering)
“As an Associate of Orbis, Sir Andrew Wood was aware of the Second Defendant’s intelligence gathering for the pre-election memoranda.” Page 5.
“After the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States on 8 November 2016, Sir Andrew Wood met Mr Kramer and Senator McCain. As a result of their discussions Sir Andrew arranged for the Second Defendant to meet Mr Kramer, as the representative of Senator McCain, in order to show him the preelection memoranda on a confidential basis.” Page 5.
Sir Andrew Wood, trusted mentor to Christopher Steele
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