The IG leak-investigation story just got very interesting indeed.
Because the wrong information within the CNN leak was so conspicuously specific, and because the details were confirmed by two additional media outlets, a bunch of people realized such a fake news story could not possibly have happened organically. All three media outlets: CNN, CBS and ABC had to be using the same congressional leak source.
Indeed, it’s not just Donald Trump Jr. who suspected the culprit. Almost every intellectually honest person who has looked at this, comes to the conclusion the most likely source of the leak was Intelligence Committee Minority Chairman Adam Schiff.
If you accept the original seeds were planted to discover leakers, you then have to assume Schiff was a target of this joint task force. That likelihood also passes the common sense test.
Two “independent sources” both looked at an email, and both came away from reading that email with the wrong date? How is that possible?
It has been CTH contention for several weeks that a counterintelligence sting operation has been going on within the IC community. False trails of information, seeded by ‘White Hat’ investigators, intended to be captured by ‘Black Hat’ leakers – and delivered to their usurping allies in media. The stories are fake, the leaks are real.
The back-story on this endeavor includes an almost complete, years-long, Dept of Justice Office Inspector General investigation that no-one was paying attention to until recently. And don’t forget the ongoing FBI investigation into the Awan Brothers, vis-a-vis quantifying the potential intelligence compromise therein, plays into this.
That said, it would not be the IG carrying out a counterintelligence sting operation to identify leakers. In actuality, no official IC agency would be empowered to place fake news in front of congress. Setting traps for congress is generally bad form, and for matters of trust – really bad politics. That reality, amid those who follow DC politics, is the central point to dismiss such the “Black Hat Hunting” theory.
However, few people were paying attention four months ago when Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told us they were going to do exactly that.
I think a quote from Wilford Brimley in Absence Of Malice might be in order here:
You had a leak?! You call what’s goin’ on around here a leak? Boy, the last time there was a leak like this, Noah built hisself a boat.
Now we’ll talk all day if you want to. But, come sundown, there’s gonna be two things true that ain’t true now. One is that the United States Department of Justice is goin’ to know what in the good Christ – e’scuse me, Angie – is goin’ on around here. And the other’s I’m gonna have somebody’s ass in muh briefcase.
Oh, okay, another:
I think I know where we’re headed here. Before we get there, I want to say something to you. You know and I know that we can’t tell you what to print or what not to. We hope the press will act responsibly, but when you don’t, there ain’t a lot we can do about it. But we can’t have people go around leaking stuff for their own reasons. It ain’t legal. And worse than that, by God it ain’t right.
And the capper, especially for the scheming Democrat Socialist weasel Schiff:
James A. Wells: What’d you figure you’d do after government service, Elliott?
Elliott Rosen: I’m not quitting.
James A. Wells: You ain’t no Presidential appointee, Elliott. One that hired you is me. You got thirty days.
Unfortunately, satisfying as it is, that one doesn’t strictly apply, since Schiff is a Congresscritter and not a DoJ employee. Nonetheless: thirty days my ass. Give him a few years…in prison.
But the ladling out of great dollops of hard time should by no means stop with just Schiff.
As Muir lays out above (click for a bigger, more easily readable version), there are plenty of others besides Schiff who are up to their elbows in this stinking slop-bucket full of treason most foul, beginning with Obama and Hillary!™. What they have attempted is nothing less than a nonviolent, clandestine coup against a duly elected administration. I’m sure we’re all aware of how unlikely it is that they’ll ever be called properly to account for their despicable crimes, not just against Trump but all of us. But they damned well ought to be, and if there was any justice they’d be quaking in their boots and pissing themselves right now in fear of it. That they aren’t is maybe the most damning indictment of all.