US law enforcement agencies are doing everything they can to keep the matter of Russia’s alleged interference in the country’s 2016 presidential election alive. Despite the collapse of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation to search for any trace of Russia and his admission in 2019 that there was no evidence proving the involvement of Russian companies, US intelligence agencies want to take their anger out on individual Russian citizens by ensuring their international prosecution courtesy of INTERPOL.
In March 2020, the US District Court for the District of Columbia approved a request by US prosecutors to dismiss the criminal case against Concord Management and Consulting LLC, a Russian company owned by Evgeny Prigozhin, which had been accused of meddling in the 2016 presidential election. US prosecutors asked the court to dismiss the case because the authorities had concluded that, “It is no longer in the best interests of justice or the country’s national security to continue this prosecution.” At the same time, the federal prosecutors’ statement that continuing the investigation could lead to “the risk of exposure to law enforcement’s tools and techniques” seems blatantly untenable.
Despite closing the case, the US government has continued its efforts “to apprehend the individual defendants and bring them before this Court to face the pending charges”. The US Department of Justice has asked for Prigozhin and 12 other Russian citizens to be put on INTERPOL’s wanted list. The request is currently being considered by the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files. America intends to use every opportunity and administrative resource available to them at the INTERPOL General Secretariat to influence members of the Commission and decide whether the Russians should be placed on the wanted list.
Teresa McHenry, head of the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the US Department of Justice, is the US representative on the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files. She has repeatedly stated that she works closely with employees of the FBI and other US law enforcement agencies, the same employees who are requesting that Russian citizens be placed on INTERPOL’s wanted list. And this fact leaves little doubt about her partiality in the matter.
A salient point is that, between 1997 and 1999, McHenry served as a prosecutor at sessions of the International Criminal Tribunal on war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia and related to the violation of international humanitarian law. The decisions of this body clearly demonstrate that the initial course of action of all those involved was to assign primary responsibility for what happened to Serbian political and military figures. At the same time, many of the “accused” died in prison before evidence was given of their alleged guilt.
It seems that in the case of INTERPOL, too, where the end justifies the means, US intelligence agencies are striving to do whatever it takes to keep the issue of “Russian meddling” newsworthy so that the Democrats and their allies can use it against Donald Trump in the final stage of the presidential election race.
Yet again, a political put-up job in the corporate interests of the American elite is preventing international bodies from making an objective and legally sound decision. In fact, it is an obstruction to the declared rule of law and rights.