The document showed that in October 2012 Manafort hatched a scheme to tarnish the reputation of Yanukovych’s opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko, by spreading the story that Tymoshenko’s supporters were encouraging anti-Semitism and allied with an anti-Semitic party.
Oh, wow, so this was Manafort! I didn’t know that.
Even more interesting is who else participated in hatching the scheme:
Prosecutors say he collaborated with an Israeli official to spread the story that Tymoshenko was allied with anti-Semitic causes to make the administration believe “the Jewish community will take this out on Obama on election day if he does nothing.”
What’s really curious is that nowhere in the article is it mentioned that this was all done on Russia’s orders to sabotage a less Putin-friendly candidate. It all sounds as if Manafort and the “Israeli official” got together and hatched the whole scheme on their own.
Manafort gives enough of the story to make it juicy and provocative but keeps the most crucial parts to himself. The interesting issue here is why Israel is playing on Russia’s side against the US. But you can’t find an answer if you don’t discuss Russia’s role in this story.