BOMBSHELL: CIA Extracted Spy In 2017 Over Trump's Leaks To Russia

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BOMBSHELL: CIA Extracted Spy In 2017 Over Trump's Leaks To Russia

The so-called president was a clear and present danger from the start. By Frances Langum 3 hours ago by Frances LangumViews: 2393

Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our national security. And the CIA has known it since before he was inaugurated.

In a bombshell exclusive, CNN reveals that the CIA extracted one of their top operatives from Russia in 2017, out of concern that the security risk also known as "the President of the United States" was sharing secrets with the Russians. CNN:
In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN.
A person directly involved in the discussions said that the removal of the Russian was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.
The decision to carry out the extraction occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The intelligence, concerning ISIS in Syria, had been provided by Israel.

The Republican Party is keeping a Russian asset in the highest position of power in the US. For tax cuts and judges. Never forget.


https://crooksandliars.com/2019/09/bombshell-cia-extracted-spy-2017-over

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Carro

This reads like the poor man's "The Onion".

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millworkman

"crooksandliars.com" and CNN, obviously 2 of the more credible news sources out there. Anyone think to ask Bird Bird what he thinks?

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Chi

Doesn't surprise me at all. He gives no thought to the innocent people he puts on danger with his thoughtless remarks and tweets.

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cattyles

Better defrost a crow.

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chijim

Carro

This reads like the poor man's "The Onion".

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You do have to admit the Republicans do have a past history outing intelligence

Remember what Cheney did to Valerie Plame?

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Carro

"Asked for comment, Brittany Bramell, the CIA director of public affairs, told CNN: "CNN's narrative that the Central Intelligence Agency makes life-or-death decisions based on anything other than objective analysis and sound collection is simply false. Misguided speculation that the President's handling of our nation's most sensitive intelligence—which he has access to each and every day—drove an alleged exfiltration operation is inaccurate."

A spokesperson for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to comment. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said, "CNN's reporting is not only incorrect, it has the potential to put lives in danger."

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/09/politics/russia-us-spy-extracted/index.html

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Carro

The irony of CNN reporting on Trump mishandling information!

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margaux

All you need to know is how he's blabbed on Twitter to know that this is true. I don't know why they would give him ANY intelligence briefings. If he can use classified info to bolster his image, he will.

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Janie

Officials are defending our country from Trump

What good is having a secret if you can’t tell people about it?

This is the dilemma President Trump has found himself in many times. Often he just blurts (or tweets) the secret out, as he did recently when he tweeted a probably classified image of an Iranian launch facility, enabling the Iranians (and everyone else) to learn more about American surveillance capabilities.

Trump defended himself by saying “I have the absolute right” to give incredibly sensitive secrets to our adversaries. This is technically true — as president, he can decide what’s classified and what isn’t, and reveal pretty much whatever he wants, no matter how pathetic or nefarious his motives.

If you were an American intelligence official and you just watched that happen, what would you do? Your obvious response would be to ask, “What else is he going to tell the Russians? What’s he going to tell Vladimir Putin the next time he sees him? What other intelligence assets is he going to burn?”

You’d have to assume the worst, which is apparently what they did.

The recent ludicrousness around “Sharpie-gate” shows how professionals in our government are constantly forced to devote time and energy to propping up Trump’s absurd lies. As my colleague Greg Sargent noted, that was just one of many times Trump has sent people in the administration scrambling to provide support for some idiotic story he has told, not only forcing them to cooperate in his dishonesty but also wasting government resources in the process.

But this story illustrates another dimension to the ways federal officials have had to accommodate Trump: They have been forced to defend the United States of America, its government and its interests from the president himself. As we have learned, this is a task of enormous difficulty and complexity; in a case like this, there are risks to national security and even lives.

And for what? To serve Trump’s embarrassing man-crush on Putin?

it has become clear that across the government and the country, everyone has had to adjust their expectations and actions to the fact that the president of the United States simply cannot be trusted to uphold America’s interests, if doing so conflicts with his greed, or his desire to please a foreign dictator, or simply some whim he had while watching “Fox & Friends.”

It may be some time before we understand the full extent of the damage that has caused.

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chijim

A spokesperson for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to
comment. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said, "CNN's
reporting is not only incorrect, it has the potential to put lives in
danger."

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Gee Stephanie, so did your DUI's

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Carro

The sources Sciutto is using are damaging public trust, but we all know CNN will do nothing about it.

Something is about the break, and this story is an attempt to get ahead of it.

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Delilah66

If you really think the CIA would make a truthful statement about having current or previous operatives in any foreign country, you haven’t followed history. The CIA comment quoted above is as neutral as it can be. Pompeo correctly declined to comment and he dare not reveal the stupidity that is trump. Grisham? Pffft

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Carro

"I was born in a Crossfire Hurricane"

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Carro

Gee Stephanie, so did your DUI's

Beto's too?

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chijim

From 2017


Trump revealed intelligence secrets to Russians in Oval Office: officials

Jeff Mason, Patricia Zengerle

6 Min Read



WASHINGTON
(Reuters) - President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified
information to Russia’s foreign minister about a planned Islamic State
operation, two U.S. officials said on Monday, plunging the White House
into another controversy just months into Trump’s short tenure in
office.

The
intelligence, shared at a meeting last week with Russian Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, was
supplied by a U.S. ally in the fight against the militant group, both
officials with knowledge of the situation said.

The White House declared the allegations, first reported by the Washington Post, incorrect.

“The
story that came out tonight as reported is false,” H.R. McMaster,
Trump’s national security adviser, told reporters at the White House,
adding that the leaders reviewed a range of common threats including to
civil aviation.

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“At
no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed. The president
did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly
known...I was in the room. It didn’t happen,” he said.

Russia’s
foreign ministry said reports that Trump had revealed highly classified
information were “fake”, according to the Interfax news agency.

The
White House also released a statement from Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson, who said the Oval Office meeting focused on counterterrorism,
and from Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, who called the
Washington Post story false.

Still, the news triggered concern in Congress.

The Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin, called Trump’s conduct “dangerous” and “reckless”.

Bob
Corker, the Republican head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
called the allegations “very, very troubling” if true.

“Obviously,
they’re in a downward spiral right now and they’ve got to come to grips
with all that’s happening,” he said of the White House.

SECRET COMPARTMENT

The
latest controversy came as Trump’s administration reels from the
fallout over his abrupt dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey and
amid congressional calls for an independent investigation into
allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

One
of the officials said the intelligence discussed by Trump in his
meeting with Lavrov was classified “Top Secret” and held in a secure
“compartment” to which only a handful of intelligence officials have
access.

After Trump’s disclosure of the information, which one of
the officials described as spontaneous, officials immediately called
the CIA and the National Security Agency, both of which have agreements
with a number of allied intelligence services around the world, and
informed them what had happened.

While the president has the
authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at
will, in this case he did so without consulting the ally that provided
it, which threatens to jeopardize a long-standing intelligence-sharing
agreement, the U.S. officials said.

Since taking office in
January, Trump has careened from controversy to controversy, complaining
on the first day about news coverage of his inauguration crowds;
charging his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, with
wiretapping; and just last week firing the FBI director who was
overseeing an investigation into potential ties between Trump’s
presidential campaign and the Russian government.

Trump, a
Republican who has called allegations of links between his campaign team
and Russia a “total scam,” sharply criticized his 2016 election rival,
Democrat Hillary Clinton, for her handling of classified information as
secretary of state, when she used a private email server.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and President Donald Trump. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev/Lucas Jackson

The
FBI concluded that no criminal charges against Clinton were warranted,
but Comey said she and her colleagues had been “careless” with
classified information.

‘NO FILTER’

In his
conversations with the Russian officials, Trump appeared to be boasting
about his knowledge of the looming threats, telling them he was briefed
on “great intel every day,” an official with knowledge of the exchange
said, according to the Post.

Some U.S. officials have told Reuters they have been concerned about disclosing highly classified intelligence to Trump.

One
official, who requested anonymity to discuss dealing with the
president, said last month: “He has no filter; it’s in one ear and out
the mouth.”

One
of the officials with knowledge of Trump’s meeting with the Russian
called the timing of the disclosure “particularly unfortunate,” as the
President prepares for a White House meeting on Tuesday with Turkish
President Tayyip Erdogan, an ally in the fight against Islamic State.

Trump’s
first foreign trip also begins later this week and includes a stop in
Saudi Arabia, another Islamic State foe, and a May 25 NATO meeting in
Brussels attended by other important U.S. allies. He also has stops
planned in Israel and the Vatican.

The president’s trip and
latest uproar over his meeting with Russian officials come amid rumors
that he might shake-up his senior staff in a bid to refocus his
administration.

Additional
reporting by David Alexander, Mark Hosenball, Susan Cornwell, Ayesha
Rascoe and Steve Holland; Editing by Kieran Murray and Bill Tarrant,
Ralph Boulton

Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Carro

The real story is the speculation...

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Kathy

Who benefitted from the spy being withdrawn? Putin. It all comes down to pleasing Putin. All roads lead back to Trump is a Russian puppet.

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Carro

On the first day congress is back from vacation, suddenly Sciutto has 5 sources. Remarkable.


Gina Haspel has already discredited the story.


After being hoodwinked by the LSM 500 times, do you think the 501st is going to be the tip?

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Kathy

Under no circumstances do they want the spy outed.

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Delilah66

“The sources Sciutto is using are damaging public trust”

Uh, the point is there is NO public trust after 3+ years of trumped up lies. trump damages public trust and the wingers prop him up without question. Get down the road.

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Joaniepoanie

Like anyone, except his base, is gong to believe anything, especially damage control, coming from this administration. We do know he handed Lavrov and Kislyak classified info.

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chijim

Remember, this is the President who couldn't even get right where a hurricane was going to land.

Trump: "Alabama....You in trouble, girl!"

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Carro

Joaniepoanie

Like anyon, except his base, is gong to believe anything

How ironic, when this has already been dispelled and was pulled from anonymous sources. There's no vetting AT ALL.

Yet you believe anything.


How quickly the Obama sycophants forget his deadly breach in 2009-- the discovery of a secret Iranian underground enrichment facility which led to mole hunts in Iran and China. The results were catastrophic, with the execution and imprisonment of assets. Obama laid bare the flaws and weaknesses of the internet platforms used at the time, and we lost massive intelligence.

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whynottryit

Speaking of Valerie Plame.



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Chi

Doesn't surprise me at all. He gives no thought to the innocent people he puts on danger with his thoughtless remarks and tweets.

But a United States Secretary of State using her personal phone and an unsecured server doesn't move your needle, apparently.

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whynottryit

Holy hysterics! Back on the emails?? Whew, desperation does get stinky.

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Andie

When you can't defend pull Obama and Hillary out of your hat.

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Andie

When you can't defend pull Obama and Hillary out of your hat.

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You're being too genteel....

I think it's being pulled out of something else besides a hat

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Carro

“From around 2009 to 2013, the U.S. intelligence community experienced crippling intelligence failures related to the secret internet-based communications system,“
They sure kept this a secret under Obama.

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Carro

Under Obama, China dismantled our spies in their country, when they thought they were using the best and most sophisticated platform to communicate.

Hillary Clinton used a bathroom server and China easily could have delved into the information contained within. In fact, there's no doubt they did.

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whynottryit

For pity's sake, DJT broadcasts on Twitter. They don't even have to make an effort.

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Joaniepoanie

Carro

Joaniepoanie

Like anyon, except his base, is gong to believe anything

How ironic, when this has already been dispelled and was pulled from anonymous sources. There's no vetting AT ALL.

Yet you believe anything.

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There you go again Carro, leaving out parts that don’t fit your agenda.

This is what I said:

Like anyone, except his base, is gong to believe anything, especially damage control, coming from this administration.

I don’t believe anything this administration says because they are all willing to lie for Trump. You are the ones who believe everything Trump and the administration says.



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Kathy

Hillary’s server was never breached by China or anyone else.

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chijim


Carro

Under
Obama, China dismantled our spies in their country, when they thought
they were using the best and most sophisticated platform to communicate.

Hillary Clinton used a bathroom server and China easily could have
delved into the information contained within. In fact, there's no doubt
they did.

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Whoamp, whoamp

(Republican) Senate investigators find no evidence China hacked Clinton server

By David Shortell, CNN

Updated 9:37 PM ET, Fri August 16, 2019


https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/16/politics/hillary-clinton-china-emails-probe/index.html


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whynottryit

For pity's sake, DJT broadcasts on Twitter. They don't even have to make an effort.


Yeah, but no. Trump didn't put any asset in danger. Again, this story is DOA.

Womp

Womp



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Carro

Where's the OP? Ya gonna defend your dismantled thread title?

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maddie260

“There are none so blind as those who will not see.”

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maddie260

“There are none so blind as those who will not see.”


You see a BOMBSHELL, maddie260? I sure don't. But just in case you do--and I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you can support the OP's allegations-- why don't you disabuse me of the notion that this thread is based on unvetted lies which have already been disproved.

Or, we'll just assume your vision is well shy of 20/20 on this one.

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whynottryit

Really? No asset in danger. Is drone technology not an asset? How about diplomatic relations? Nah, those wouldn't matter.

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whynottryit

Good grief, defend a thread? Why would that be called for? It's just a pasted link that speaks for itself.

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Delilah66

rw way-back machine deflection. Snort! Followed by “ho-hum”.

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Kathy

Speaking of spies. Valerie Palme is running for Congress in NM. https://twitter.com/aynrandpaulryan/status/1171100852662046722?s=21

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whynottryit

Good grief, defend a thread? Why would that be called for? It's just a pasted link that speaks for itself

It's a cut and paste hit job which has been debunked and I'm asking anyone, including and especially the OP, to defend the allegation.


Too much to ask?


Look, I'm sure the OP appreciates you all running interference for him, but the onus is on him to defend the hit job.

Sadly, I don't think we'll get resolution on that count.

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cattyles

The crow is nearly thawed. I’m gonna turn on the oven to preheat.


Hope you plucked the feathers. Wouldn't want to choke on them when you sup on your bird.

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chijim

Carro

maddie260

“There are none so blind as those who will not see.”


You see a BOMBSHELL, maddie260? I sure don't. But just in case
you do--and I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you can support
the OP's allegations-- why don't you disabuse me of the notion that this
thread is based on unvetted lies which have already been disproved.

Or, we'll just assume your vision is well shy of 20/20 on this one.

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Will you admit you were wriong?



Carro

Hillary Clinton used a bathroom server and China easily could have
delved into the information contained within. In fact, there's no doubt
they did.


Republican) Senate investigators find no evidence China hacked Clinton server

By David Shortell, CNN

Updated 9:37 PM ET, Fri August 16, 2019

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catkinZ8a

'In a bombshell exclusive, CNN...'



LOL!

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Andie

Trump has always been a threat to this country. Only the truly gullible can't see that.

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cattyles

Poor Donnie. He’s having a bad Monday. His play date with the Taliban canceled, we found out people’s jobs were threatened if they didn’t help him lie about Sharpiegate and the mean old CIA kept Pooty from killing a Russian asset.

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dandyfopp

Then there is this, does he bring a change of pants?




https://twitter.com/stevebruskCNN/status/1171176652002512896

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margaritadina

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In a bombshell exclusive, CNN reveals that the CIA extracted one of their top operatives from Russia in 2017

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CNN REVEALS? How did they found out?

'CIA top operatives'' is the WHOLE US embassy in Russia and the ambassador himself. Staff gets rotated, Trump or not.

Putin doesn't need help reveling CIA intelligent officers, he knows them all and they are extradited and exchanged for Russian intelligence officers in the US on a regular, routine basis.


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cattyles

Oh and I forgot that we found out he’s lining his pockets with military money. Bless his heart. He can’t have any fun.

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maddie260

Carro, I have NOTHING to say to you. I stand by the quote. I wrote it, and I meant it. I won’t get into a back and forth with you and/or anyone.

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Ziemia(6a)

Hoot

Hoot

(will be back, checking into the disassemble of the OP)

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Ziemia(6a)

Or, should it be CawCaw?

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whynottryit

Ok, so if I'm understanding this correctly, anytime anyone posts a quote as a thread on HT, they are expected to defend it as though it were their own? I thought we were sharing and discussing information. Why does that require a defense?

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Ziemia(6a)

"Gina Haspel has already discredited the story."

There seems to be NO evidence that she has.

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numbersjunkie

Is Carro going to retract when this story is shown to be accurate?

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

ROFL.

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chijim

Because of Trump, we lost a valuable asset in Putin's orbit.

Good job President Trump keeping America safe.

BTW - NBC also verified the story.

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dandyfopp

If the CIA hadn't got this person out, there would have been one more Russian who stumbled out a window after beating themselves to death.

Bye Steele Dossier... Hello raw data from a deeply embedded spy who had been on task for the United States for decades.

If he wants to stay alive be certain the POTUS doesn't know where he is.




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cattyles

The FOX-based rebuttals have begun.

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chijim

Because of Trump, we lost a valuable asset in Putin's orbit.

Good job President Trump keeping America safe.

BTW - NBC also verified the story

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OP is FAKe NEWS.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cia-slams-faulty-cnn-narrative-slams-misguided-reporting-on-russian-double-agents-alleged-exfiltration

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chase_gw

Trump himself has said that he has the right to share any classified
intelligence information he wants. I imagine that's true.........but he doesn't seem to understand the difference between what one
can do and what one should do.

He doesn't seem to have the ability to understand the consequences of
his actions beyond what's in it for him. If I was the CIA I'd be damn
worried about what information I made him privy too as well!

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ohiomom

BBC NEWS:

"Russian media named the spy as former presidential administration official Oleg Smolenkov. The Kommersant newspaper said Mr Smolenkov went on holiday with his family to Montenegro in 2017 and disappeared, before a man with the same name and a woman with the same name as Mr Smolenkov's wife purchased a house in the US state of Virginia, near Washington DC.

Russian reports said Mr Smolenkov had worked for Yury Ushakov, a senior aide to President Putin.

Asked by the BBC on Tuesday about the reports, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Mr Smolenkov had worked for the presidential administration but denied that he had held a high-level position, adding that he had been sacked.

Mr Peskov described the US media coverage of the reported extraction as "pulp fiction". Asked whether the Kremlin was concerned about Russian counter-intelligence, he said, "Russian counter intelligence is working fine".

NBC news reported on Tuesday that it had visited the home in the Washington area it understood to belong to the exfiltrated agent, but the network said its correspondent, upon knocking on the door, was questioned by two men who approached in a car but declined to identify themselves."

..........so even the Kremlin admits there was a spy, although like any other country, they are downplaying it.

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Ziemia(6a)

It seems to be confirmed by multiple sources last night. No surprise the CIA is distraught. It's not the first time.

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Ziemia(6a)

PS - we know the Commerce Department has Trump's back - it would be a surprise if the CIA didn't complain. (Tellingly, FoxNews had *no* story until late yesterday.)

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margaux

From the NY Times link in catkin's FOX article:

Mr. Trump was first briefed on the intelligence about Russian interference, including material from the prized informant, two weeks before his inauguration. A C.I.A. spokeswoman responding to the CNN report called the assertion that Mr. Trump’s handling of intelligence drove the reported extraction “misguided speculation.”

Some former intelligence officials said the president’s closed-door meetings with Mr. Putin and other Russian officials, along with Twitter posts about delicate intelligence matters, have sown concern among overseas sources.

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.

We all know what happened between the end of 2016 when the CIA decided to extract the informant and when they escalated their attempts to extract him in 2017:



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Ziemia(6a)

PS - we know the Commerce Department has Trump's back

That's one heck of an allegation. Please provide proof to prop up your rhetoric.

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Carro

margaux, nice try to deflect, but this predates Trump's term in office.

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Ziemia(6a)

Google (take your pick)

Dorian NOAA Ross

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margaux

They decided to extract him in 2016 because he supplied the intel about Russian interference in the election and that they wanted Trump to win. When the media reported in 2017 that that intel came from deep inside Russia's government, they escalated their extraction plan. Why might they think that there was an even more urgent need to extract him?



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cattyles

They know. It’s the same old tired tactics. Spin, deflect, distract.

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Carro

Is this now the parallel-universe, alternate-reality thread where CNN's latest "BOMBSHELL" hasn't been debunked?

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dandyfopp

LOL

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margaux

Not debunked. That Trump discussed highly classified intel with the Russians is documented. That the CIA escalated efforts to convince the informant to leave Russia after Trump met with the Russians is true. That the CIA called the CNN report “misguided speculation” is not a strong denial. The truth is that we have no idea what Trump and Putin have ever discussed because Trump has broken with protocol and allows no one in the room and allows no notes to leave the room when he meets with Putin. Why is that?

The decision to carry out the extraction occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The intelligence, concerning ISIS in Syria, had been provided by Israel.

Now there may be more to the CIA denial than that but I'm not going back and forth between threads and picking through what is fact and what is spin from the Daily Caller in your thread. This thread was perfectly fine to report any new developments. So you might post the entire CIA statement here without the Daily Caller spin.

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HU9999

Where's the OP? Ya gonna defend your dismantled thread title?

I see. Asking people why they don't respond to threads is a no-no according to Emily. But demanding people reply when and how you want is all good.

Once again, different rules for different people. No surprise there.

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Anyone with a brain should be scared silly having a moron in the White House who divulges secrets to our enemies and disparagies our allies.

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heri _ cles

I hope we hear from the agent . His/her identity can be kept secret but we should really know what he/she witnessed, including any direct knowledge that Putin himself directed hacking and campaign interference in the 2016 President campaign to get this moron in office.

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