Intelligence Community Ready To “Go Nuclear” On Trump
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Feb 15 2017
After nearly two full days of media hysteria following the forced resignation of Gen Flynn, which the Trump administration attributed to a ‘trust issue’ rather than any concerns over the legality of his actions, Trump took to twitter to ask why no one within the media seemed to care about the mass leaks being “illegally given out by “intelligence” like candy,” before describing the actions as “very un-Pindostani”:
And earlier today at a press conference with Netanyahu, Trump again called out the intelligence community saying they continue to commit “criminal acts” in leaking intelligence reports:
Papers are being leaked, things are being leaked. It’s a criminal action, criminal act. People are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Demagogs had under Hitlary Clinton. I think it’s very unfair what’s happened with Gen Flynn and the documents and papers that were illegally leaked.
As it turns out, at least according to former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler, the folks within the intelligence community aren’t taking too kindly to being called out by the President for their “criminal acts” or to being referred to as “very un-Pindostani.” By way of reminder, this is the same John Schindler who ended his relationship with the Naval War College after he was caught in a sexting scandal:
It was not Schindler’s unhinged comments that brought him to official disgrace. It was ironically his inappropriate use of communications technology. The former employee of the premiere signals intelligence agency of the world stupidly decided to send a picture of his penis to a person he met on the Internet. The picture, along with a corresponding email where Schindler said he was not in a traditional marriage, were made public by Twitter user @Currahee88. According to @Currahee88, the information was released to shame Schindler, though Schindler initially speculated he might be the victim of a psyop. Schindler was subsequently put on leave from the Naval War College, pending a review. The review was completed in late July, with the result reportedly told to Schindler that he was finished at the Naval War College. He was apparently given the option of resigning, which he took.
But we digress. In a series of tweets posted earlier today, Schindler relayed the very blunt thoughts of a “senior IC friend”:
Now we go nuclear. IC war going to new levels. Just got an EM fm senior IC friend, it began: “He will die in jail.”
So when efforts to spin a Russian hacking narrative fail to sway an electorate in the desired direction of the intelligence community, we guess treason is the logical next step?
On The Verge Of Treason: CIA Withholds Intelligence From Trump
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Feb 16 2017
Following Pres Trump’s exclamations today with regard “un-Pindostani” leaks of classified intel, it appears he has a bigger, more serious problem on his hands. WSJ reports that Pindo boxtops have withheld information from Pres Trump due to concerns it could be leaked or compromised. The WSJ, citing unidentified current and former boxtops, reports that boxtops’ decision to keep information from Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the IC and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward Pindo spy agencies. On Wednesday, Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him.
In some of these cases of withheld information, boxtops have decided not to show Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former officials said. Those sources and methods could include, for instance, the means that an agency uses to spy on a foreign government.
In some ways Trump may not care. According to the WSJ:
Trump doesn’t immerse himself in intelligence information, and it isn’t clear that he has expressed a desire to know sources and methods. The intelligence agencies have been told to dramatically pare down the president’s daily intelligence briefing, both the number of topics and how much information is described under each topic, an official said. Compared with his immediate predecessors Trump so far has chosen to rely less on the daily briefing than they did.
However, now that the WSJ brought up this topic, one can be absolutely sure the first demand Trump will make during his next intel briefing: “show me all the information.” That’s when things could get rough. The boxtops quoted by the WSJ emphasized they know of no instance in which crucial information about security threats or potential plotting has been omitted, although if indeed “some” information is withheld, it is the functional equivalent of Trump making decisions blind. Although a White House boxtop said: “There is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening,” Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said:
I’ve talked with people in the IC that do have concerns about the White House, about the president, and I think those concerns take a number of forms. What the intelligence community considers their most sacred obligation is to protect the very best intelligence and to protect the people that are producing it. The current and former boxtops said the decision to avoid revealing sources and methods with Trump stems in large part from the president’s repeated expressions of admiration for Putin and his call during the presidential campaign for Russia to continue hacking the emails of Hillary Clinton.
As the long-running tensions between the pro-Hillary IC and Trump rise, it is becoming increasingly clear that this escalating distrust between the IC on one hand and the White House on the other, will lead to a vicious circle of less information-sharing and implicitly more distrust until Trump moves from tweet-castigation to treason charges, or alternatively the IC dig deep into the NSA server’s bag of goodies and unleash a full-scale mutiny.
Evan McMullin: Trump Is a ‘Domestic Enemy’
Joel Pollak, Breitbart, Feb 16 2017
Former CIA operative and 2016 third-party presidential candidate Evan McMullin took to Twitter and CNN on Wednesday to defend rogue intelligence agents who break the law to leak classified information, saying Pres Trump “presents a threat to the country.” In response to Trump’s tweets earlier Wednesday, in which he alleged that elements of the FBI and NSA were engaged in “Russia” style political operations, McMullin tweeted:
The obvious implication was that McMullin believes that intelligence and law enforcement agents are entitled to break the law based on their own views that the POTUS is a threat to the Constitution and in cahoots with Russia. Mcmullen reiterated his views on CNN, where he purported to speak for the concern of the agents doing the leaking:
I’ll tell you what their concerns are! There concerns are that Donald Trump presents a threat to the country because of his, what they see as his relationship with Vladimir Putin and the relationship of his team to other Russian intelligence officers!
McMullin cited a NYT report indicating that Trump campaign aides had contact with Russian intelligence without also noting that the same report indicated there was “no evidence” that the “Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.” He went on to make the very claim denied by the NYT article, telling Baldwin Trump “ran a campaign that was assisted by a foreign adversary, our greatest foreign adversary.” Pressed by host Brooke Baldwin as to whether there were “too many leaks,” McMullin said that intelligence officers were bound by an oath to defend the country and the Constitution against “domestic and foreign enemies.” That included “a security threat coming from the White House.” An obviously sympathetic Baldwin then asked McMullin:
Are any of these people you’re talking to just even worried about him even getting intel briefings, period?
McMullin said that they are, and seemed to admit, in the process, that he is speaking with intelligence officials who may be leaking information. During the presidential campaign, McMullin was a leader in the “Never Trump” movement, consisting of conservatives who rejected Trump as the Republican Party nominee. Though he hoped to flip Utah, among a few other states, to Hillary Clinton by relegating Trump to third place, Trump won in that state and elsewhere. On Tuesday, Bill Kristol expressed similar sentiments, and appeared to endorse a coup by the “deep state” against the “Trump state”, at least in theory.