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Trump on the whistleblower’s sources: In the old days, this country knew how to deal with spies

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The point of having a formal whistleblower process is to encourage government officials who have information on misconduct to report it, without fear of retaliation. If you want to drain the swamp, make sure the swamp creatures understand that they could have their corruption exposed and won’t be allowed to threaten the witness when they do. Joseph Maguire specifically promised at this morning’s hearing, in fact, that he wouldn’t tolerate any retaliation against whoever wrote the whistleblower complaint on Ukraine.

So here’s the president casually hinting to a roomful of people today that the people responsible for supplying the information for the complaint would have been executed if America was great again. And not just any roomful of people. He was addressing U.S. diplomatic staff — people who are in a position themselves to be whistleblowers potentially if they witness misconduct.

Imagine being a Senate Republican who’s already feeling queasy about the impeachment fight now having to defend this. You’re grasping for arguments that the president’s intentions on Ukraine and the Bidens weren’t sinister. And suddenly he’s like wait until I get my hands on whoever reported this…

The remark stunned people in the audience, according to a person briefed on what took place, who had notes of what the president said. Mr. Trump made the statement about several minutes into his remarks before the group of about 50 people at the event intended to honor the United States Mission. At the outset, he condemned the former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s role in Ukraine at a time when his son Hunter Biden was on the board of a Ukrainian energy company…

“I want to know who’s the person who gave the whistle-blower the information because that’s close to a spy,” Mr. Trump said. “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart with spies and treason, right? We used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”

Some in the crowd laughed, the person briefed on what took place said. The event was closed to reporters, and during his remarks, the president called the news media “scum” in addition to labeling them as crooked.

That reminded me of a vivid quote from a story I read last night about the political bind congressional Republicans are in over the Ukraine matter:

Months ago, one House member from a firmly red district described feeling like the most wanted man in his state after he made a vote Trump didn’t like.

“Trump has said he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone dead and and not lose any supporters,” said the member. “Well, if that happens I’d better be photographed stuffing a body into the trunk of a car, or my constituents will demand to know why I’m not supporting the president.”

Could the president shoot a whistleblower on Fifth Avenue and not lose a single vote? We’ll find out.

It’s tempting to say “ugh” about his remarks to staff at the UN Mission and then move on but Democrats are eager for material to add to their impeachment case against him. Openly threatening the whistleblower and/or his sources is arguably obstruction of justice. After all, the officials who gave information to the whistleblower about Trump and Ukraine might eventually be called to testify before Congress to substantiate the allegations in the complaint. The president’s now on record as saying that he regards them as little better than spies. The federal law on witness tampering prohibits knowingly using “intimidation” with intent to prevent a witness from testifying. Democrats are probably going to toss this into the articles of impeachment and call it separate and independent grounds to impeach. What will Republicans say?

Yeah, I know: “He was joking.” People laughed, right?

Is it even clear from the whistleblower complaint, by the way, that the sources meant to blow the whistle on Trump? The impression I got from it isn’t that they were feeding information to the author in the hope and expectation that he would take it to Congress. It was more “can you believe this?” gossip, with no intention that it would be made public. After all, if they wanted the information out there, they could have written their own complaints or leaked it to the media ages ago. As it is, it’s unclear (and even doubtful) that they did anything illegal by sharing what they knew with the author. I wonder if Trump focused on them instead of the whistleblower himself in what he said about “spies” because it’s already been drummed into him by his lawyers that he shouldn’t say anything threatening about the author of the complaint. He needed to vent, he couldn’t vent legally about his chief antagonist without making much more trouble for himself, so he decided to scapegoat the people who supplied the whistleblower with information rather than the person who went public with it.

John has a post coming up about the Times’s new story this afternoon reporting key details about the whistleblower’s identity. I don’t want to step on that so I won’t say anything about it here except to note that the paper is under fire for publishing it for an understandable reason. Chew on this:

The famous op-ed written by an anti-Trump member of the government — “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration” — is now more than a year old and its author remains unknown to this day, a secret successfully kept by the op-ed editors of the New York Times. If they’re willing to out the whistleblower, why not the author of that piece?

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Here’s the Most Probable Reason Why CNN Ran That Garbage Story on Trump and the Intel Agent Extraction

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In the past 24 hours, we’ve witnessed CNN push out a story involving President Trump and the facts surrounding why CIA extracted a supposedly high level intelligence asset from Russia. As their story went, they were deeply concerned about Trump exposing classified information, therefore they decided at that moment that they had to get the agent out.

As so often turns out, this was complete, partisan spun nonsense. My colleague streiff reported on the new revelations this morning.

But the government had indicated that the source existed long before Mr. Trump took office, first in formally accusing Russia of interference in October 2016 and then when intelligence officials declassified parts of their assessment about the interference campaign for public release in January 2017. News agencies, including NBC, began reporting around that time about Mr. Putin’s involvement in the election sabotage and on the C.I.A.’s possible sources for the assessment.

The following month, The Washington Post reported that the C.I.A.’s conclusions relied on “sourcing deep inside the Russian government.” And The New York Times later published articles disclosing details about the source.

The news reporting in the spring and summer of 2017 convinced United States government officials that they had to update and revive their extraction plan, according to people familiar the matter.

The extraction had nothing to do with Trump. It was not only planned months before, in a hilarious turn, it was actually the media’s reckless and political behavior that caused the CIA to have to pull the plug. Will they take responsibility for it?

Of course not.

That’s Jim Sciutto (who first pushed out this likely Fusion GPS laced garbage) claiming that reports that debunked his original assertions “confirmed” his story. These people live on another planet and CNN has reached levels of delusion that MSNBC would be envious of.

The real question is, just who was this intel agent and what exactly was he sharing with the U.S. government in 2016.

Before we answer that, we first have ask ourselves why this story is coming out now. None of these anonymous leaks happen by coincidence. There’s always a reason for them and history says it’s typically to get out ahead of stories that may damage these bureaucracies. For example, when it became clear that the FBI could no longer lie about the Trump campaign being spied on, unnamed officials ran to The New York Times to spin the ordeal and paint the FBI’s intentions as pure.

We’ve seen this play out time and time again and there’s plenty of reason to think it’s happening again. The chief suspicion here is that this intel agent was actually feeding disinformation back to the FBI (intentionally or unintentionally), which helped feed the Russia collusion hysteria that’s now blown up in orbit.

Sean Davis over at The Federalist lays this out.

Notice the reporters who’ve pushed this story. Jim Sciutto at CNN, a former Obama operative. Ken Dilinian over at NBC, who actually outed the agent’s location last night, has been a mouth piece for Fusion GPS since the beginning of this saga. The fact that these same people are the ones behind this latest botched hit piece tell us a lot.

Something is coming and there’s a need for certain officials to get ahead of the story and plant their own narrative. By blaming Donald Trump, they were hoping to pin all of this on the undisciplined nature of the President instead of what really caused it — their own leaks to the press.

Bill Barr is quietly working behind the scenes on this. As Sean says, it’s likely he knows who the players were at this point and they have every reason to start putting their finger on the scale to cover their tails. The pillars that once formed the basis for the Trump-Russia investigation continue to crumble and a lot of people are going to be caught in the rubble. The go to play for them in the past has been to run to sympathetic, anti-Trump media sources and paint their actions as being duty bound instead of corrupt. That’s exactly what this latest story was. They want to paint this intel agent as more than he was, heroically saving the nation from Russian interference. Was he providing verifiable intelligence or disinformation being fed to him by the Russians he thought he was spying on?

Right now, most signs point to the latter. Especially given the latest reporting that he’s now living in public, under his real name, in the Washington D.C. area with no apparent fear for his life. Does that sound like a super important intelligence asset to you or the FBI/CIA trying to cover up their flub? I’ll let you decide.

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Comey Had an Agent Spying On Trump Inside the White House

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The struggle for Democrats to nail President Donald Trump with anything that they could generated no shortage of conspiracies and suspicions. One in particular is that FBI Director James Comey was trying his level best to bring Trump down from the inside.

Now it would appear that these suspicions are true as a report is going to be filed quite shortly showing that Comey was attempting to get dirt on Trump by planting an agent inside the White House to collect information against Trump, according to Real Clear Politics. Comey was apparently doing this while assuring Trump that there was no action being taken against him by the FBI:

Sources tell RealClearInvestigations that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will soon file a report with evidence indicating that Comey was misleading the president. Even as he repeatedly assured Trump that he was not a target, the former director was secretly trying to build a conspiracy case against the president, while at times acting as an investigative agent.

Two U.S. officials briefed on the inspector general’s investigation of possible FBI misconduct said Comey was essentially “running a covert operation against” the president, starting with a private “defensive briefing” he gave Trump just weeks before his inauguration. They said Horowitz has examined high-level FBI text messages and other communications indicating Comey was actually conducting a “counterintelligence assessment” of Trump during that January 2017 meeting in New York.

In addition to adding notes of his meetings and phone calls with Trump to the official FBI case file, Comey had an agent inside the White House who reported back to FBI headquarters about Trump and his aides, according to other officials familiar with the matter.

Real Clear noted that the motivations aren’t completely out in the open as to why Comey would do this yet, but Republicans are positive that this was another way that some were attempting to stop the Trump presidency for the same reasons that Peter Strzok was; political motivation.

How deep this rabbit hole goes is anyone’s guess. It’s doubtful Comey was doing this of his own accord and likely would have had co-conspirators in their mission to bring down an entire presidency from the inside. Rest assured that this investigation is going to turn up a lot more in the future.

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The New York Times Goes to Hilarious Lengths to Not Use the Word “Spy”

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This is what it looks like to turn pushing a narrative into an extreme sport.

In the past few days, we received the big revelation (which all of us able to think critically already knew for years) that the FBI did indeed spy on the Trump campaign. They sent a “covert agent” to set what looks like a honey trap for George Papadopoulus. This was one of several spies ran against the Trump campaign. The New York Times got out ahead of what’s likely going to be a damaging IG report by printing a sanitized confession from FBI sources. The purpose of that obviously being to shape the idea that it was justified.

You see, Trump was just so darn evil and connected with Russia (spoiler: he wasn’t) that the FBI had to take the unprecedented approach of spying on his campaign. Never mind that their appears to be no actual evidence to back up their actions and verified evidence is a requirement for targeting U.S. citizens like they did.

In the aftermath of all this, the media are still losing their minds over the word “spy” being used, namely by AG Bill Barr. This despite the fact that they used the term spying repeatedly to attack the Bush administration’s approved use of surveillance.

The New York Times is so desperate not to just give Trump the win on his campaign being spied on that they are now going with his hilarious new term instead.

A “cloaked investigator?” Has that phrase ever been used in the course of human history?

The internet had some fun with the stupidity of it all.

In all seriousness, this is absurd.

The media have spent the past two years insisting it was a “crazy conspiracy theory” to point out that the FBI spied on the Trump campaign. Even as evidence started to pile up pointing to that, they remained obtuse, insisting that only whacked out Trump supporters would say such a thing. Heck, less than a month ago CNN ran with a headline asserting that Barr’s charge of spying was backed by “no evidence.”

Now, we finally get a direct confession from the FBI and instead of admitting they were wrong, the media want to play 1984-style word games and pretend that “cloaked investigator” is a more accurate term than just saying spy. It’s laughable.

You can sense the panic, whether it’s in the mainstream media or in the statements from Democrats attacking Barr. They see the walls closing in and know the coming IG report is going to be a brutal rebuke of everything they’ve pushed up until this point. The flailing and excuse making we are now seeing is a desperate attempt to muddy the waters. I don’t think they are going to be able to hide from what’s coming though.

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Great news: Russian spy operated in US Moscow embassy for a decade

What secrets did a Russian national employed by the Secret Service in the US embassy in Moscow pass along to her FSB handlers? According to a report late yesterday in the Guardian, we may never know. The Secret Service not only missed the fact that their employee was having regular meetings with Russian intelligence during her decade inside the embassy, they also botched the follow-up investigation.

The possibilities look almost endless, however:

The Russian national had been hired by the US Secret Service and is understood to have had access to the agency’s intranet and email systems, which gave her a potential window into highly confidential material including the schedules of the president and vice-president.

The woman had been working for the Secret Service for years before she came under suspicion in 2016 during a routine security sweep conducted by two investigators from the US Department of State’s Regional Security Office (RSO).

They established she was having regular and unauthorised meetings with members of the FSB, Russia’s principal security agency.

The Guardian has been told the RSO sounded the alarm in January 2017, but the Secret Service did not launch a full-scale inquiry of its own. Instead it decided to let her go quietly months later, possibly to contain any potential embarrassment.

Hmmmm. Why would they have kept her on even after her connection to the FSB (the successor agency to the KGB) had been discovered? One technique involved in intel work is to identify potential moles and feed them bad information. That allows security to test whether that specific information gets back to hostile intel services (and therefore confirm their status as moles), to confuse the enemy, and to keep their opponents from replacing an asset with some new and unknown source. That doesn’t make sense in this situation, however, given that their mole collected her intelligence directly from the computer systems.

Instead, the Secret Service allowed her to hang around long enough to get fired in the tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions over Russian interference in the 2016 election. To this day, the damage is still largely unknown, as the Secret Service didn’t do a proper investigation, according to the Guardian’s source. They didn’t even investigate whether any other moles were operating within their embassy organization:

“The Secret Service is trying to hide the breach by firing [her],” the source said. “The damage was already done but the senior management of the Secret Service did not conduct any internal investigation to assess the damage and to see if [she] recruited any other employees to provide her with more information. Only an intense investigation by an outside source can determine the damage she has done.”

Did anyone else investigate? The Guardian reports that both the CIA and FBI looked into the matter but expected the Secret Service to take the lead on the investigation. That apparently went nowhere, perhaps in part to keep from getting embarrassed by the penetration. As a result, no one’s clear on just what the mole managed to turn over to Russian intelligence during the time she worked in the embassy — a period which stretches from the last two years of the George W. Bush administration to the very end of the Barack Obama administration.

That period is, perhaps coincidentally or perhaps not, the same period in which Vladimir Putin became much more aggressive on the world stage. By 2008 Putin would march on Georgia, a conflict that’s back in the news today thanks to more Russian aggression on the border. In 2014, Putin would seize Crimea and then infiltrate and later invade eastern Ukraine. Did Putin have ears and eyes on what the US was prepared to do, and what it wasn’t prepared to do, prior to his aggressions? We may never really know, although the Secret Service claims that the mole only had limited access to higher-classification data.

Needless to say, this kind of spycraft is significantly more serious than the Maria Butinas and Facebook trollery which has captured so much attention and hyperbole. The professional agencies involved in embassy security have to do a better job than this, especially after the fact. Without knowing precisely what got exposed, we have no way of taking effective countermeasures in response to it. That leaves us in the dark, with an opponent using night-vision goggles.

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