the nyt’s wonderfully backwards way of admitting this

Obama Ordered Abuse Of Intelligence To Sabotage Trump Policies
Moon of Alabama, Mar 2 2017

In its last months the Obama administration ordered the intelligence agencies to collect and distribute information of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia. This to prevent any change by the Trump administration of the hostile policy towards Russia that the Obama administration instituted. The intent was also gives the intelligence services blackmail material to prevent any changes in their undue, freewheeling independence. The above is reported in a rather short NYT piece published yesterday. The reporting angle captured in the headline is biased to set the Obama efforts into a positive light. But the Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking.

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But make no mistake. Not single shred of evidence has been provided that “Russia hacked the election” or had anything to do with various leaks of Clinton-related emails. A lot of fluff and chaff was thrown around but not even one tiny bit of evidence. The effort was clearly to sabotage the announced policy of the incoming administration of seeking better relations with Russia. Obama intended to undermine the will of the voters by abusing instruments of the state. Excerpts from the piece:

In the Obama administration’s last days, some Obama officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election and about possible contacts between associates of Trump and Russians across the government. Former Pindo officials say they had two aims: to ensure that such meddling isn’t duplicated in future Pindo/Euro elections, and to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators.

It is completely normal for any campaign, and especially an incoming administration, to have contacts with foreign government officials. Such contacts are needed to prepare policies and to get the facts right to plan and run a consistent foreign policy. I am very sure that there were hundreds of talks between Trump campaign and incoming administration officials with Israeli, European and Arab officials. These are regular contacts and they do not violate any law. There was and is no reasons at all to pick out talks with Russian officials as something sinister or even illegal. Again, no evidence has been provided that Russia somehow interfered in Pindo elections. None at all. There was no sound reason to give special treatment to campaign contacts with Russia.

Pindo vassals, including the British and the Dutch, had provided information describing meetings in European cities between Russian officials and others close to Putin, and associates of Trump, according to three former Pindo officials who requested anonymity in discussing classified intelligence. Separately, Pindosi intelligence agencies had intercepted communications of Russian officials, some of them within the Kremlin, discussing contacts with Trump associates.

Here the NYT is divulging “sources and methods,” usually the holy grail for the intelligence community. Pindosi intelligence is intercepting communication “within the Kremlin”? That is surely of interest to Russian counter-intelligence! One also has to ask who ordered the European intelligence services to watch over Pindosi contacts with Russia? Were similar orders given to the Dutch secret services, to report on contacts of the Clinton campaign with Israeli officials? Undue influencing attempts of Israeli politicians on Pindo policies are legend. Were they watched? If not why not?

Mr Trump has denied that his campaign had any contact with Russian officials, and at one point he openly suggested the Pindosi spy agencies had cooked up intelligence suggesting that the Russian government had tried to meddle in the presidential election. Mr Trump has accused the Obama administration of hyping the Russia story-line as a way to discredit his new administration.

Guess what? Trump is right! The “Russian hacking” story is not backed by any evidence at all! It really is cooked up! And to say Trump “accused” the Obama administration of attempts to “discredit his new administration” is quite weak. The article says exactly that. How else could one interpret the following section?

As Inauguration Day approached, Obama White House officials grew convinced that the intelligence was damning and that they needed to ensure that as many people as possible inside government could see it, even if people without security clearances could not. Some officials began asking specific questions at intelligence briefings, knowing the answers would be archived and could be easily unearthed by investigators, including the Senate Intelligence Committee, which in early January announced an inquiry into Russian efforts to influence the election. At intelligence agencies, there was a push to process as much raw intelligence as possible into analyses, and to keep the reports at a relatively low classification level to ensure as wide a readership as possible across the government, and in some cases among European allies. This allowed the upload of as much intelligence as possible to Intellipedia, a secret wiki used by Pindo analysts to share information. There was also an effort to pass reports and other sensitive materials to Congress. In one instance, the State Dept sent a cache of documents marked “secret” to Sen Benjamin Cardin of Maryland days before the Jan 20 inauguration.

The “intelligence community”, it is specifically the CIA here which campaigned on the Clinton side, manipulated the classification of secrets for the sole purpose of instigating witch-hunt investigations against the incoming Trump administration. Such secrets were then used to decapitate the Trump administration, with the first casualty being his selected national security advisor Flynn. We currently see an attack on the administration’s Attorney General Sessions for a routine talk with the Russian ambassador. This based on “DoJ officials”, ie FBI flunkies. Why would they know who Session legitimately met in his function as senator? Slanderous ‘intelligence analysis’ was classified in low categories (ie merely Secret rather than Top Secret – RB) with the aim of distributing it far and wide and to practically guarantee that it would “leak” to the media. The real facts were hidden as much as possible to provide no material for the Trump administration’s defense.

The opposite happened with the most sensitive intelligence, including the names of sources and the identities of foreigners who were regularly monitored. Officials tightened the already small number of people who could access that information. They knew the information could not be kept from the new president or his top advisers, but wanted to narrow the number of people who might see the information, officials said.

Everyone was to receive the slanderous “analysis” the intelligence services provided, but no-one was supposed to know the sources and the real facts. This would make sure that the anti-Russia and anti-Trump “analysis” would leak, but not the weak bits of facts it is based upon. To repeat, the Obama administration and the intelligence services spared no effort to sabotage the policies of the incoming Trump administration and prepared the grounds for baseless investigation against it. A lot of dirt is now thrown based on that effort and the hope is that some may stick. The whole effort by the Obama administration started only after Trump was elected:

In early December, Obama ordered the intelligence community to conduct a full assessment of the (supposed) Russian campaign. In the weeks before the assessment was released in January, the intelligence community combed through databases for an array of communications and other information, some of it months old, and began producing reports that showed there were contacts during the campaign between Trump associates and Russian officials.

Again, there is nothing illegal with such contacts. These are routine and happen all the time. Pindo ambassadors all over the world routinely talk with local politicians in foreign countries. The Russian ambassadors do nothing different. This is known as diplomacy. There was no reason for the incoming administration to avoid such contacts with German, South African, Japanese or Russian officials or semi-officials. They intelligence community knows that there is no evidence that Russia interfered in the election. If it had any it would have long provided it. The ffort is specifically against the announced Russia policy. Trump was election in part because he promised better relations with Russia. What the intelligence services do here is to undermine the will of the people.

“This Is Watergate”: Trump Accuses Obama Of Wiretapping The Trump Tower
Tyler Durden, Mar 4 2017

Pres Trump on Saturday morning alleged that his predecessor Barack Obama had “wire-tapped” the Trump Tower in October, before the election. Trump compared Obama’s alleged activity to Nixon’s bugging of the Watergate hotel.

It was not immediately clear what evidence or report Trump was referencing. On Friday night, Breitbart News reported on radio host Mark Levin’s claim that Obama executed a “silent coup” of Trump via “police state” tactics.

Since Trump has a tendency to tweet about things he has just seen on TV or read in the press, and since there has been no definitive report on that topic, Trump may be referencing an internal report. And since the allegations in his tweets are material, and will surely provoke a response by Barack Obama (at least his twitter account), this may escalate significantly. Also on Saturday, prior to the wiretapping tweet, Trump had also linked Obama to Sessions’s meetings last year with Russian ambassador, tweeting:

Trump on Saturday also blasted Obama for meeting with Kislyak 22 times while president, as the Daily Caller reported first on Friday, tweeting:

The Trump administration has sought to push back on accusations of being cozy with Moscow, by pointing out instances of Democrats meeting with Kislyak. Critics have responded that the issue isn’t that Sessions met with the ambassador, but that he falsely told Congress he hadn’t while under oath. So far, according to some media outlets, Trump has failed to “fend off” the Russia questions, which continue to reemerge virtually every night in some new front page story on the WaPo, NYT, in a recurring pattern as described in the following blog post.

One Comment

  1. Andrew
    Posted March 7, 2017 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    The issue with Sessions is not that he had meetings with the Russian ambassador. Politicians can meet who they like. The issue people have difficulty with is that he claimed that he did not. There may well have been a very simple meeting which had no sinister meaning.

    By denying a meeting happened which is known to have, he looks a lot worse than he would have by admitting to it. It’s similar to Clinton and Lewinsky. the issue was not the sex, it was the lies about it.

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