And They Claim TRUMP Is Collaborating With Russia?
The Washington Post is really starting to piss me off. And Politico. And (of course) CNN.
I thought of it when I read Politico's story about how Trump's efforts to catch leakers were having a "chilling effect" on the intelligence community. To which my reaction, of course, was to say "Freakin' A! What did you think it was supposed to do!"
Well, okay, I didn't say "freakin'".
This came out about the same time as the congressional report that there has been a damaging intelligence leak every damned day since Trump was inaugurated.
Some are more important than others, of course -- it was just embarrassing when it was leaked that the U.S. was wiretapping the Russian ambassador (no -- really!?) and a little frustrating when the press leaked that the 35 Russians expelled and the Russian diplomatic facilities closed by Obama were actually doing intelligence collection (gee, no kidding? Have you ever looked at the antenna farms on the roof of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco?).
Some of the leaks were far worse, like confirmation that the Obama administration had been listening to, unmasking, and distributing conversations with thousands of "U.S. Persons." In that case, the damage was to whatever remaining trust Americans might have that the NSA and CIA aren't being used as political arms of the administration; this is a subtle cancer on the legitimacy of either agency. The degree to which "Russian collusion" is still an issue, while this story is not, ought to be a major crisis for the credibility of American media, but I'm afraid that boat has already left the bus station.
The worst of it, though, is the Washington Post story a few days ago:
Golly, folks at WaPo, does no one see the problem here?
The article starts out:
Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.
Okay, look: if it's so sensitive that it can't be in the presidential daily brief but it's delivered "eyes only" to Obama and three aides, what is it doing in the Washington Post?!
Oh, and just in passing, we have Clapper, Obama, and three aides. Which three aides? You've just told us that someone revealed that information to you, and it pretty much has to be one of those five people. Unless there's a secret pardon for them, one of them just violated the Espionage Act.