By Daily Wire. A spy from the former communist superpower, the Soviet Union, congratulated socialist Bernie Sanders in March 1983 for winning re-election as mayor of Burlington, Vermont and for meeting with him in Sanders’ office.
“The documents from the Sanders archives include a letter from Soviet Embassy First Secretary Vadim Kuznetsov in March 1983, congratulating Sanders on his reelection as mayor and thanking Sanders for receiving him in Sanders’s office,” The Washington Post reported on Monday. “Kuznetsov had been in Burlington to attend a conference on nuclear disarmament at the University of Vermont a few days earlier. Neither Sanders nor conference organizers appear to have read a 1976 Time magazine article that identified Kuznetsov as a member of a ‘Soviet intelligence squad’ posing as diplomats to infiltrate U.S. politics.”
The TIME Magazine article that the Post linked to stated: “Posing as diplomats, embassy officials and newsmen, Soviet intelligence agents have been conducting a determined effort to get classified information on Capitol Hill by bribing or compromising staff members in key positions. TIME has learned that in more than a dozen cases in the last decade or so the FBI has stepped in to ‘control’ the relationship, fearing a staffer might begin giving out restricted data.” . . .
Democrat strategist Zac Petkanas posted a copy of the letter and tweeted: “For the love of all that’s holy. The piece links to the actual letter a Soviet official sent Bernie Sanders congratulating him on getting elected. Can you IMAGINE what Trump would do with this?”
For the love of all that's holy.
The piece links to the actual letter a Soviet official sent Bernie Sanders congratulating him on getting elected.
Can you IMAGINE what Trump would do with this? pic.twitter.com/QETy2OtglO
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) February 3, 2020
(Read more from “Report: Soviet Spy Congratulated Bernie on Prior Election Win, Met in His Office” HERE)
Bernie Sanders’s Foreign Policy Is a Risk for Democrats Against Trump
By The Washington Post. . .For decades, the Vermont senator has bucked the foreign policy establishment by championing a foreign policy aligned with socialist regimes around the world. While the other apparent front-runner in the race, former vice president Joe Biden, is running on a familiar, center-left foreign policy approach, Sanders’s vision would represent a stark departure from the platform Democrats have embraced since the end of the Cold War.
Sanders’s opposition to the war in Iraq, preferred trade status for China and the Saudi war in Yemen seem prescient to many voters today. But his history of making common cause with socialist authoritarian regimes dating back to the 1980s has some Democrats worried he would be vulnerable on these issues.
Sanders’s congressional record puts him at odds with the mainstream positions of the Democratic Party. Since being elected in 1990 — he served eight terms as a House member before becoming a senator — Sanders has consistently voted to limit U.S. military interventions abroad, opposed bills that take Israel’s side in the Middle East peace process and argued against sanctions on Iran. (Read more from “Bernie Sanders’s Foreign Policy Is a Risk for Democrats Against Trump” HERE)