It has been well known for some time now that years ago, Bernie Sanders went to the Soviet Union on his honeymoon.
While that is a rather -unique- choice, it was not a nefarious one.
What has been revealed however, is that the Soviet Union wanted to exploit Sanders for their own gain.
The Federalist reports:
Soviet Union Documents Reveal Plans To Exploit Bernie Sanders For ‘Propaganda’
New documents obtained by the New York Times reveal how the Soviet Union viewed then Burlington, Vermont Mayor Bernie Sanders as a “socialist” they could “exploit” for “propaganda.”
In December of 1987, Mayor Sanders wrote to the government of Yaroslavl, a Soviet city, stating he wanted the U.S. and USSR to “live together as friends.” He initiated a sister-city program between Yaroslavl and Burlington.
After his wedding, Sanders honeymooned with his wife Jane Sanders in Yaroslavl to initiate the program. He told Burlington reporters, “people [in Yaroslavl] seemed reasonably happy and content. I didn’t notice much deprivation.”
In a letter seeking approval from Mikhail Gorbachev to travel to the United States, Yaroslalv officials made the case for using Sanders as a means of Soviet propaganda.
“One of the most useful channels, in practice, for actively carrying out information-propaganda efforts has proved to be sister-city contact,” the Soviet Foreign Ministry document read.
According to the New York Times, Yaroslavl officials pledged to discuss Gorbachev’s “peace-loving foreign policy” with the people of Burlington. They also attached a “seven-point ‘plan for information-propaganda work’ on their visit to Burlington, with hopes of revealing “American imperialism as the main source of the danger of war.”
And remember, this is not coming from a conservative news outlet, this is based on a report from the New York Times:
Exclusive: For Bernie Sanders, his 1988 trip to the Soviet Union was an effort to build diplomatic ties. For the Soviets, it was the start of a years-long propaganda effort to exploit his antiwar agenda, documents obtained by The New York Times show. https://t.co/I4UsqheKHQ
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 6, 2020
It’s kind of amazing.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) March 6, 2020
This is all a bit troubling, isn’t it?