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Shark sucker

When I was a kid I had the Golden Book: The Sea. I dearly loved that little book, and one of the neat things I learned about was a fish called the remora, or “shark sucker.”1 The remora attaches itself to a shark and the much larger shark carries the little fish around with it.

The remora metaphor came to mind when I heard of the most recent example of a birther trying to attach himself to a bigger story. The remora is “self-proclaimed intelligence expert” (Jerome Corsi’s words) Michael Shrimpton and the shark/big fish is Edward Snowden. Snowden was an international news sensation after leaking NSA secrets to the press. Of course what Snowden hasn’t released is a black box to the public, and a black box could contain anything, so birther Shrimpton uses it to add credibility to his own incredible story. You can read that story at WorldNetDaily in an article by Jerome Corsi. Corsi wrote:

In conversations with WND, nevertheless, Shrimpton doubled down on the claims he made in 2008 by asserting that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, as part of his negotiations to leave Hong Kong, agreed to deliver to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow the classified U.S. military intelligence file on Obama’s DNA.

How an NSA guy was able to purloin military intelligence files is a question worth asking, right after one asks how Shrimpton knows Putin’s secrets.

In all fairness to Corsi, he is not overly sympathetic to Shrimpton, writing among other things:

Government intelligence experts on both sides of the Atlantic marginalized Shrimpton as a loud-mouthed nuisance and gadfly who lacks professional credentials as an intelligence expert.

Shrimpton has his own legal problems, having been charged with making a false report to police of a terrorist plot in 2012.

When I interviewed Snowden while I was in Moscow in 2013, I asked him about any intelligence regarding Obama. Snowden told that he only had access to secrets involving NSA surveillance.2


1Remoras attach to other things besides sharks.

2Just fooling,

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15 Responses to Shark sucker

  1. avatar
    Dave April 21, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    Does everybody but me know that Shrimpton was indicted in the UK, apparently some time ago? I just found out from a BR post about a Corsi WND article. Corsi naturally wants this to be all about Obama, but here’s what he says Shrimpton was indicted for: “Shrimpton has been indicted for having telephoned in 2012 the secretary of state for defense in London and declaring that a nuclear weapon stolen from the Russian submarine Kursk that sank in the Barents Sea on Aug. 12, 2000, had been smuggled into Britain. Shrimpton said the smugglers were agents of a top-secret German intelligence agency that intended to detonate the weapon to cause massive damage and murder members of the Royal family and top government officials attending the London Olympics.”

    If you read Shrimpton’s columns, the bad guy in every story is a top-secret German intelligence agency.

    Corsi also says this about the birthers’ favorite intelligence expert: “… Shrimpton has never held an official government job …”

  2. avatar
    Arthur April 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm #

    Dave: Does everybody but me know that Shrimpton was indicted in the UK, apparently some time ago?

    This is from a British site called “Court News UK.”

    “A barrister accused of making hoax claims to a senior Ministry of Defence official about a bomb being hidden at an east London hospital is to stand trial next year. Michael Shrimpton, 56, allegedly told Barry Burton, a close colleague of Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond, that an explosive device was at Newham Hospital. Shrimpton, the author of conspiracy theory book, Spyhunter, is also said to have made bogus bomb claims to the offices of David Liddington, MP for Aylesbury, the following day, Southwark Crown Court heard.

    You can read Shrimpton’s defense statement here:
    http://gl-w.com/tag/michael-shrimpton-2/

  3. avatar
    Suranis April 22, 2014 at 12:41 am #

    “The remora is “self-proclaimed intelligence expert” (Jerome Corsi’s words) Michael Shrimpton and the remora is Edward Snowden. ”

    I think you meant “and the shark is Edward Snowden” here, Doc.

  4. avatar
    Suranis April 22, 2014 at 12:42 am #

    To be honest, I only fount out about that when I read the WND article

    Dave: Does everybody but me know that Shrimpton was indicted in the UK, apparently some time ago?

  5. avatar
    John Reilly April 22, 2014 at 1:20 am #

    Maybe this is Zullo’s earth-shattering information, since it is unlikely either Snowden or Putin will ever be forced to comment on it.

  6. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy April 22, 2014 at 1:26 am #

    I found it when I was researching him after he first surfaced, but it didn’t seem to be part of the Obama conspiracy story.

    Suranis: To be honest, I only fount out about that when I read the WND article

  7. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy April 22, 2014 at 1:27 am #

    Yeah, what I wrote didn’t make much sense. Thanks.

    Suranis: I think you meant “and the shark is Edward Snowden” here, Doc.

  8. avatar
    Lupin April 22, 2014 at 2:17 am #

    Shrimpton is a wannabe John Le Carré who believes in his own b*llsh*t.

  9. avatar
    Notorial Dissent April 22, 2014 at 4:46 am #

    Actually, i think the only nexus between Snowden and Shrimpy is in Shrimpy’s fetid imagination, as would appear to be a great many other things I don’t want to go near. I thought Lord Monkey’s Butt was a certified whack job until this one appeared out from under his rock, and now I’m thinking he has surpassed the mathematically delusional one on all fronts. Actually, I can’t imagine Snowden getting anywhere near Shrimpy since he wants more than anything to be taken seriously, and even a nodding acquaintance with Shrimpy would end that.

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    bovril April 22, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    Ahhh, in a wondrous conflation of guano insanity, Shrimpton is now being supported by his fellow fantasist and LSOS, “Lord” Monckton.

    Yep, Ole Monkey Pants has been hauled into the Shrimp Brained Ones Mount of Merde, reported by that oh so trustworthy paragon of journalistic integrity and walking rash on the arse of humanity, Jerome “The Gnome” Corsi

    http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/obama-eligibility-source-challenges-u-k-govt/

    Of course this is being debating with withering insight and crystal clear prose over at BR/ORYR where you get to read the whole 34 page pile of drivel…

    http://www.birtherreport.com/2014/04/update-obama-eligibility-source.html

  11. avatar
    Lupin April 22, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    I’m actually amazed that Shrimpton’s name carries any credibility whatsoever.

    In the UK, using him to bolster an argument would be akin to, I don’t know, using Dougal the dog’s — and Dougal would be far more likely to be believed.

    (Or Doogal for our American friends.)

    Ah, good times.

  12. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy April 22, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    So Lent is over. I dropped by BR just now to look at comments on their Shrimpton article with a big title graphic: “KEEP CALM: THE BRITS ARE COMING.”

    I left this comment:

    Children like to play fantasy games, and sometimes adults do too. It’s all good fun until someone starts to believe it’s real, in this case Shrimpton. There’s no way Shrimpton has access to the internal affairs of Vladimir Putin, any more than Snowden would have access to military intelligence files on Obama.

  13. avatar
    bgansel9 April 22, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Just fooling

    Wow, you had me going there. LMAO

  14. avatar
    jd reed April 22, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    How would DNA prove Mombasan birth — or for that matter, any place of birth? Point well taken that any info regarding Obama’s descent would vanishingly unlikely be found in STA info. Just another poorly conceived birther fiction.

  15. avatar
    jd reed April 22, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    Sorry I didn’t catch how my dumb phone changed what I wrote — Mombasan — to Monahan. It frequently decides that it knows better than I what I intended to write.

    [FIFY. Doc]