Russian GRU defector Stanislav Lunev said in his autobiography that “the GRU and the KGB helped to fund just about every antiwar movement and organization in America and abroad,” and that during the Vietnam War the USSR gave $1 billion to American anti-war movements, more than it gave to the VietCong, although he does not identify any organisation by name. Lunev described this as a “hugely successful campaign and well worth the cost”.
Claims of foreign support of the US anti-war movement were dismissed by Democrats and the media during the Vietnam War. Instead the media frenzy was about the Nixon administration’s attempts at surveillance of leftist and anti-war organizations, which was incredibly feeble compared to the capabilities of modern surveillance agencies.
Today, the media is frantically searching for any evidence of Russian “inference” in US politics. At the same time it is ignoring the gross abuses of surveillance powers by the Obama administration against its political opponents. For examples see the recent Nunes memo:
Is Russian interference fine so long as it benefited liberals?
Is massive surveillance of political opponent fine so long as it is initiated by a Democratic administration?