2017 was a very weird news year, as we all slowly adjusted our personal levels of learned helplessness in order to survive the swaggering, awful first baby steps of the Trump administration. One of the strangest stories, though, came along pretty early in the year’s lifespan, when electronic music superstar Moby made a Facebook post in February, claiming that he had a bunch of mysterious Washington friends who’d clued him in on Trump’s connections to the Russian government. Among Moby’s assertions at the time were that Trump was firmly in the pocket of Russia, that the GOP was in quiet revolt against him, that he would race American into a war, and that the fabled pee-tape was absolutely, definitely real.
The track record on Moby’s predictions have been spotty; Trump has definitely spent the year battling it out with establishment Republicans, but Russian collusion charges are still being investigated, and there’s no concrete evidence that he ever paid Russian sex workers to pee on him in a Moscow hotel bed. (No matter how much we might hope that it was true.) But Moby has, at least, opened up about who his “friends” were, claiming that his decades of touring have led him to develop a strong following in America’s intelligence community.
Talking to Kentucky radio station WFPK this week, Moby detailed a conversation he had last year with some “active and former CIA agents,” who were apparently deeply concerned that Trump was being blackmailed by the Russian government and controlled by an outside party. “They were like, ‘This is the Manchurian Candidate, like [Putin] has a Russian agent as the President of the United States,’” he said, adding that they’d asked him to use his expanded social media reach to get this out to all the people who naturally turn to Moby for all their governmental news:
So they passed on some information to me and they said, like, ‘Look, you have more of a social media following than any of us do, can you please post some of these things just in a way that … sort of put it out there.’
To be fair, Moby is an internationally famous musician, with all the access to fans and cultural reach that that implies. And at no point during this interview—which you can listen to below; the Trump stuff starts about 8 minutes in—does he suggest that he’s joking or lying, either about his intelligence community ties, or his belief that the infamous FusionGPS dossier allegedly outlining Trump’s foreign ties was real. On the other hand, “my CIA friends told me the president is a secret Russian spy” is pretty textbook government paranoia, so you might want to take this all with a grain of salt. In any case, we can’t say it wouldn’t be fitting to our current news climate if future history books had to explain the existence of “Moby” as part of the ultimate collapse of the Trump regime.