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  • They Aren’t Whistleblowers. They’re Double Agents.

    10/21/2019 11:23:02 AM PDT · by pilgrim · 14 replies
    dailysignal ^ | October 21, 2019 | GianCarlo Canaparo - Thomas Jipping
    They Aren’t Whistleblowers. They’re Double Agents. GianCarlo Canaparo / @GCanaparo / Thomas Jipping / October 21, 2019 / 3 Comments The New York Times on Oct. 4 reported that a second intelligence official “alarmed by President [Donald] Trump’s dealings with Ukraine” is considering whether to file a complaint with the intelligence community inspector general. Like the first whistleblower, however, this individual is apparently trying to advance his agenda outside of the process provided by federal law. As we have detailed, the first whistleblower began with the office of Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. The Intelligence...
  • State Department probe of Clinton emails finds no deliberate mishandling of classified information

    10/18/2019 6:32:00 PM PDT · by bitt · 78 replies
    washington post ^ | 10/18/2019 | greg miller
    A multiyear State Department probe of emails that were sent to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s private computer server concluded there was no systemic or deliberate mishandling of classified information by department employees, according to a report submitted to Congress this month. The report appears to represent a final and anticlimactic chapter in a controversy that overshadowed the 2016 presidential campaign and exposed Clinton to fierce criticism that she later cited as a major factor in her loss to President Trump. In the end, State Department investigators found 38 current or former employees “culpable” of violating security procedures —...
  • HERE ARE THE 17 PRISONERS TRUMP HAS FREED SINCE HE TOOK OFFICE

    10/14/2018 7:47:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/14/2018 | Ryan Pickrell
    Since President Donald Trump took office, his administration has secured the release of 17 prisoners foreign governments had detained. “We’ve had 17 released, and we’re very proud of that record. Very proud. And we have others coming,” Trump said Saturday evening as he welcomed home Joshua Holt, an American citizen who had been detained in Venezuela for two years without trial. Unlike his predecessor, the president has managed to bring these prisoners home without freeing terrorists or paying millions of dollars in suspected ransom payments. 1. Sabrina De Sousa: Portuguese-American Sabrina De Sousa, a former CIA agent, was arrested and...
  • ‘Whistleblower’ Attorney Devised Scheme for Mueller to Disclose Classified Info

    10/12/2019 3:12:19 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Oct 2019 | Aaron Klein
    Mark S. Zaid, the activist attorney representing the so-called whistleblower at the center of the impeachment movement targeting President Donald Trump, advocated for Robert S. Mueller III to become an anti-Trump whistleblower. On April 25, 2018, while Mueller’s Office of the Special Counsel was investigating ultimately collapsed claims of collusion between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign, Zaid co-authored an oped in the New York Times calling for Mueller and his staff to become “lawful whistle-blowers.” The scheme outlined by Zaid was an option to be implemented if Trump had moved to fire Mueller and dismantle the Special Counsel’s office. Zaid...
  • Details Behind Patrick Byrne Allegations of FBI “Political Espionage

    10/04/2019 7:53:28 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | August 23, 2019 | Sundance
    Former CEO Patrick Byrne has given four primary interviews where he outlines his knowledge of a 2015 and 2016 political espionage operation being run by the FBI.Fox News, MacCallum – Fox Business #1 – Fox Business #2 – CNN, CuomoAfter a review of the interviews, and extracting specific points therein, here’s an overview.The substance of Mr. Byrne claims does seem to align with what we already know about the DOJ and FBI activity during the 2016 election cycle, including the FBI operations. First, Patrick Byrne claims he has spoken to the DOJ on April 5th, 2019, and again on April...
  • Robert Ellsberg speaks on whistleblowing, truth-telling and the Pentagon Papers (Barf)

    10/02/2019 9:16:02 PM PDT · by robowombat · 9 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Oct 2, 2019 | Heidi Schlumpf
    Robert Ellsberg speaks on whistleblowing, truth-telling and the Pentagon Papers Oct 2, 2019 by Heidi Schlumpf JusticePolitics The autumn of 1969 has been on Robert Ellsberg's mind lately, as the 50th anniversary of a life-changing request from his father approaches. A half century ago, as a 13-year-old, Ellsberg agreed to help his dad photocopy documents from a government report he had worked on. Those documents, which came to be known as the Pentagon Papers, revealed the United States' role in the build-up to the Vietnam War and the lies told to the American public and to Congress about U.S. actions...
  • Deleted Firsthand Knowledge Requirement For Whistleblowers Implicates Another Federal Agency

    09/30/2019 3:53:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    The Federalist ^ | SEPTEMBER 30, 2019 | Matt Beebe
    Was the ‘nonpartisan’ Congressional Research Service weaponized to force the House into a premature impeachment inquiry? Sean Davis wrote Friday about a secret update to the intelligence community inspector general’s “Disclosure of Urgent Concern” complaint intake form. It revamped the procedure to allow hearsay complaints, while prior versions of the form had included an admonishment that the IC IG could not find a complaint credible without “reliable, first-hand information.” While it appears the IC IG has the statutory right to promulgate new procedures, the rationale for the change and the curious nature of the timing has still not been shared....
  • Northern California Resident Charged with Acting as an Illegal Agent (China Ministry of State Sec)

    09/30/2019 2:29:10 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 16 replies
    justice.gov ^ | 9/30/19 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, September 30, 2019 Northern California Resident Charged with Acting as an Illegal Agent American Citizen Arrested for Acting as an Illegal Foreign Agent of the People’s Republic of China The Department of Justice unsealed charges today in a criminal complaint charging Xuehua Peng, also known as Edward Peng, 56, for acting as an illegal foreign agent in delivering classified United States national security information to officials of the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS).“According to the allegations, Peng conducted numerous dead drops here in the...
  • 2020 Will Make 2016 Look Like a More Innocent Time

    09/30/2019 5:05:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Splice Today ^ | September 30, 2019 | Crispin Sartwell
    There will be such an outpouring of sewage that no one stays clean. The 2020 election is going to be a real doozy. If you thought that the hacking, vicious memes, rumor-mongering, Russian interference and FBI blundering was bad last time, just wait. No matter who wins, the question of whether the outcome was fair or even accurate will arise, for partisans on the losing side and conspiracy theorists, but also for any reasonably objective person who’s watching. It’s likely, in other words, that the result of the 2020 election, particularly if it ends up close, will have little credibility....
  • UPDATE: More Details Surface Surrounding Arrest of Senior Canadian Intelligence Official…

    09/17/2019 8:35:17 PM PDT · by bitt · 19 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 9/17/2019 | SUNDANCE
    Mercedes Stephenson from Global News has done some excellent follow-up coverage on the arrest of RCMP Intelligence Director Cameron Ortis. Mr. Ortis is facing seven serious charges of intelligence violations including obtaining information to pass to a “foreign entity.” The intelligence compromise is the biggest scandal in “a generation”. New evidence shows the arrest was a result of a 2018 international intelligence operation that targeted the encrypted communications service known as “Phantom Secure”. A man named Victor Ramos was the CEO of Phantom Secure, an enterprise that provided encrypted communication devices to criminal agents involved in drug smuggling, money laundering...
  • United States Files Civil Lawsuit against Edward Snowden for Publishing a Book (tr)

    09/17/2019 4:47:52 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 29 replies
    justice.gov ^ | 9/17/19 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 17, 2019 United States Files Civil Lawsuit against Edward Snowden for Publishing a Book in Violation of CIA and NSA Non-Disclosure Agreements The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and NSA.The lawsuit alleges that Snowden published his book without submitting it to the agencies for pre-publication review, in violation of his...
  • The Fable of Edward Snowden

    12/31/2016 5:54:51 PM PST · by Robert DeLong · 58 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 30, 2016 | Edward Jay Epstein
    Of all the lies that Edward Snowden has told since his massive theft of secrets from the National Security Agency and his journey to Russia via Hong Kong in 2013, none is more provocative than the claim that he never intended to engage in espionage, and was only a “whistleblower” seeking to expose the overreach of NSA’s information gathering. With the clock ticking on Mr. Snowden’s chance of a pardon, now is a good time to review what we have learned about his real mission.
  • How China’s surveillance state was a mirror to the US for Edward Snowden

    09/17/2019 7:51:03 AM PDT · by PGR88 · 10 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | September 17, 2019 | Shi Jiangtao
    American whistle-blower Edward Snowden said Beijing’s use of technology to control its citizens and electronically track US targets prompted him to investigate and then expose Washington’s mass surveillance programme. In his book "Permanent Record," published on Wednesday, the former US spy agency contractor who now lives in exile in Russia, detailed how he fled to Hong Kong and then Moscow after creating one of the most serious security breaches in American history. Snowden, who was a technician subcontracted to the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency for seven years, said he began to have suspicions about secret post-September...
  • Canada Arrests Intelligence Officer Who Worked On Magnitsky Probe

    09/16/2019 6:09:19 PM PDT · by robowombat · 17 replies
    RFE ^ | September 15, 2019
    Canada Arrests Intelligence Officer Who Worked On Magnitsky Probe By RFE/RL September 15, 2019 A senior intelligence official has been arrested in Canada and charged with disclosing classified information to an unspecified foreign entity. Cameron Jay Ortis, the director general of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police intelligence unit, appeared in court on September 13 to face charges under three sections of the Security of Information Act and two Criminal Code provisions. Prosecutors said only that Ortis is accused of obtaining, storing, and processing classified information with the intention of communicating it to a foreign entity. The Toronto-based Globe And Mail...
  • RCMP intel director charged in major (spy) case Canada)

    09/13/2019 1:47:24 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 12 replies
    Global News (Canada) ^ | 13 Sep 2019 | Amanda Connolly, Mercedes Stephenson, Stewart Bell, Sam Cooper and Rachel Browne
    The RCMP has arrested and charged a high-level official with the force in a major national security case. Cameron Ortis faces seven charges dating back to 2015 under both the Criminal Code and the Security of Information Act, and Global News has learned the RCMP believe he stole “large quantities of information, which could compromise an untold number of investigations.” Other sources referred to the case as “serious spy s–t.” ...he was likely the only civilian to ever achieve the position of director general of intelligence. That role gave him control over RCMP counter-intelligence operations. ...charges relate specifically with unauthorized...
  • Report: Pentagon IDing Companies with Chinese Ties to Protect Defense Supply Chain

    09/13/2019 6:58:27 PM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Sep 2019 | John Hayward
    The Financial Times on Wednesday reported that the Pentagon is compiling a list of companies with links to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) or Chinese intelligence services in order to protect U.S. military secrets and secure America’s supply of military equipment. The FT article noted one of the most difficult supply lines to protect involves semiconductors, which have countless military applications. Ensuring that these semiconductors cannot be tainted, or the supply choked off at a crucial moment by a hostile China, is extremely difficult. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) told the FT that China’s Communist Party “relies on companies under...
  • US concluded Israel likely planted surveillance devices near White House

    09/12/2019 7:02:19 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/12/19 | John Bowden
    <p>Israeli intelligence agents were likely behind the placement of surveillance devices near the White House, U.S. intelligence has reportedly concluded.</p> <p>Politico reported Thursday that U.S. investigators had determined that Israel was most likely the culprit responsible for placing StingRay phone trackers near the White House, with the apparent purpose of capturing information from phones used by President Trump or top White House aides.</p>
  • US extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017

    09/09/2019 7:37:47 AM PDT · by FewsOrange · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | Mon September 9, 2019 | Jim Sciutto
    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...
  • What Is Justice for McCabe?

    08/30/2019 3:42:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | August 29, 2019 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    The former deputy director’s FBI coddled Clinton and addled Trump. Now he seeks clemency . . . even as he sues the Justice Department. Hillary Clinton checked every box for a violation of the Espionage Act. So much so that, in giving her a pass, the FBI figured it better couch her conduct as “extremely careless,” rather than “grossly negligent.” The latter description was stricken from an earlier draft of then-director James Comey’s remarks because it is, verbatim, the mental state the statute requires for a felony conviction. It wouldn’t do to have an “exoneration” statement read like a felony...
  • New Steve Bannon Film Warns of Growing Chinese Espionage Threat

    08/26/2019 9:51:12 PM PDT · by cba123 · 7 replies
    Church Militant ^ | ChurchMilitant.com • August 26, 2019 | by Stephen Wynne
    NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - A new film by former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is sounding the alarm over China's encroachment into the high-tech industry. Slated for release in September, Claws of the Red Dragon spotlights the relationship between telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and People's Liberation Army (PLA). Based on Canada's 2018 arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, the film tells the story of Chinese-Canadian journalist Jane Li as she covers the detention of the CFO of a fictional Chinese tech firm Huaxing Hi-Tech and exposes the company's connections...