Weird story about the alleged Russian spy network—it’s a long road from working on behalf of “The Internationale” to working for the land of Gazprom. And from a personal POV, it’s odder still that one of the spies misquoted me! In this article, Vicky Pelaez attributed a rather incredible accounting of the productivity of federal prison labor to me—though I never wrote these things and am skeptical that they are actually true:
According to the Left Business Observer, the federal prison industry produces 100% of all military helmets, ammunition belts, bullet-proof vests, ID tags, shirts, pants, tents, bags, and canteens. Along with war supplies, prison workers supply 98% of the entire market for equipment assembly services; 93% of paints and paintbrushes; 92% of stove assembly; 46% of body armor; 36% of home appliances; 30% of headphones/microphones/speakers; and 21% of office furniture. Airplane parts, medical supplies, and much more: prisoners are even raising seeing-eye dogs for blind people.
Politico’s Ben Smith writes up this instance of her journalistic malfeasance here.