Skip to comments.The Hidden Hand
Posted on 12/11/2019 10:33:28 PM PST by bitt
The essence of a coup, which some might refer to as covert action, is the hidden hand. One does not announce that a foreign power is overthrowing the government and installing a new government. One pulls strings as if from behind a curtain, making events that are all part of a carefully orchestrated plan appear disconnected, spontaneous and serendipitous.
As I read through the recently released IG report for the second time, as someone with a great deal of experience in military and intelligence matters, I see that hand everywhere.
Per the IG report, a single report is delivered to the FBI in the summer of 2016. It concerns a meeting between a cooperative contact of a foreign intelligence service and a junior level employee of the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos. The report relates what are frankly very amorphous comments by Papadopoulos concerning the Russian government and its alleged possession of information on Hillary Clinton.
On any other day this report would command no attention whatsoever. The source in question has no track record of any kind with the FBI. Papadopoulos has been employed by the Trump campaign for perhaps 90 days at this point, and there is no reason to believe he has contacts of significance in the Kremlin.
Not on this occasion. This one report from a foreign intelligence service goes directly to the top of the FBI. The Director himself, James Comey is briefed. A full investigation is launched. Multiple confidential human sources are tasked. Wiretaps are ordered. A task force is organized. Crossfire Hurricane is born.
There is a problem, though. This hand, perhaps because it is controlled by individuals who have made their bones riding desks in Washington, DC and not in the field running actual operations, is clumsy.
(Excerpt) Read more at andmagazine.com ...
Thanks for spreading this one around at FR!
One thing’s certain, Obozo and Hillary had some really evil and stupid people working for them.
The best article thus far on the coup. Well-written and logical.
Seems the Jeff Sessions recusal trick has been done before:
DECEMBER 30, 2003 Tues : (ASHCROFT RECUSES HIMSELF FROM CIA PLAME NAME GAME PROBE [WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM COMEY] -— See FITZGERALD [See COMEY]) Ashcroft recuses himself from CIA leak probe, Wednesday, December 31, 2003 Posted: 2:49 AM EST (0749 GMT) Attorney General John Ashcroft, with United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick J. Fitzgerald, right, who was named special prosecutor.
[CNN’s Kelli Arena reports on the recusal of Attorney General John Ashcroft from the probe into who may have revealed the name of a CIA operative.
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[Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Comey announces Ashcroft’s recusal.
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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Attorney General John Ashcroft removed himself Tuesday from a Justice Department investigation into who may have revealed the name of a CIA operative to the media and a special prosecutor was named to head up the probe.
Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Comey said Ashcroft reached the decision to recuse himself on his own after long consideration.
“The issue surrounding the attorney general’s recusal is not one of actual conflict of interest that arises normally when someone has a financial interest or something. The issue that he was concerned about was one of appearance. And I can’t go beyond that,” Comey said at a news conference.
“The attorney general, in an abundance of caution, believed that his recusal was appropriate based on the totality of the circumstances and the facts and evidence developed at this stage of the investigation,” he said. “I agree with that judgment.”
Ashcroft’s recusal means that Comey, second in command at the Justice Department, automatically becomes the acting attorney general for this case and has the authority to determine how the case is investigated and, if warranted, prosecuted.
Comey said he has appointed Patrick Fitzgerald [see COMEY, BIF, AAAN, Dumeisi, VALERIE PLAME/NIGERFLAP/PLAMENAMEGAME ]— currently the Chicago-based U.S. Attorney for Northern Illinois — as the special prosecutor to take over the investigation.
Comey described Fitzgerald as “Elliot Ness with a Harvard law degree and a sense of humor.”
“He is the perfect man for this job,” Comey said. “He is an absolutely apolitical career prosecutor [BULLSHIT]. He is a man with extensive experience in national security and intelligence matters.”
Comey would not say if the probe thus far has identified the source of the leak that identified the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson as a CIA operative.
In July [My note: July 2003, less than a week after it was revealed the US captured the Iraqi office who met with 9/11 hijacker Atta in Prague], newspaper columnist and CNN Commentator Robert Novak reported the identity of Wilson’s wife as a covert CIA operative in a column in the Chicago Sun Times.
It is a felony offense to reveal the name of a CIA operative, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
The leak infuriated Wilson, an outspoken critic of the Bush administration policy in Iraq who had discredited intelligence allegations on the supposed movement of nuclear materials to Iraq.
Tuesday, Wilson told CNN he was pleased with the latest development.
“The fact that the attorney general recused himself indicates that the administration wants to avoid the potential perception of a conflict of interest. And that’s a good thing,” he said. “This is crime against the country, not against me. The issue is how do you investigate a crime against the country in the best way.”
He added, “I have said all along that so long it is in the hands of career professionals, I would expect them to do the job as well as they possibly can.”
Wilson and several Democratic allies have charged the leak came from the White House in a political effort to embarrass Wilson. [*And they were wrong- it came from Sc of State Powell’s aide Armitage ] Novak said he learned of the CIA connection from “two senior administration officials.”
Asked about Ashcroft’s decision, Novak said he had no comment.
Democrats — including Sens. Charles Schumer of New York, Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and Richard Durbin of Illinois — had called on Ashcroft to recuse himself in recent months, and pushed for the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the investigation.
Government sources have said in the past that White House senior adviser Karl Rove is among those who have been interviewed by the FBI as part of the investigation.
Wilson had said Rove might have been responsible for the leaking of his wife’s identity.
Wilson later backed off that assertion, but still said Rove might have condoned the leak. Through a White House spokesman, Rove has denied any role in the leaking of that information.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller D-West Virginia, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Ashcroft “made the right decision.”
“The special prosecutor hopefully will now have the independence needed to follow this investigation to the end, wherever that may lead,” he said.
Others blasted Ashcroft for waiting so long to make his decision.
Sen. John Edwards, the Democratic presidential hopeful from North Carolina, said the decision came “far too late.”
“President Bush knows how to get what he wants inside his White House, yet for months, his administration has somehow failed to find the person responsible for this dangerous and destructive leak,” he said. “This is completely unacceptable.”
Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, another presidential hopeful, noted that Fitzgerald is a Bush appointee who carries the “same baggage as John Ashcroft.” [Funny- Fitzy’s a pal of Kerry]
“As usual, what the Bush Justice Department has done is a half measure and nowhere near good enough to restore public confidence in this tarnished agency,” Kerry said.
Daschle said, “Today’s news is as welcome as it is overdue.”
He said, “For the sake of America’s national security, I hope the administration will give the new counsel its full cooperation and the resources needed to quickly get to the bottom of this urgent matter, and swiftly bring to justice the person or persons responsible.”
The organization can never rise above its leaders. It will always be a reflection of its leaders.
That is an excellent synopsis, thank you for bringing that to us.
This statement is emblematic of the author's approach. The author states that he has experience in field operations and knows the rules governing this sort of undertaking. A couple of analytical points.
First, note that the author puts the case together very cogently... but, he does not reveal anything not already exposed in the media. The timeline is well and accurately constructed but it is essentially skin and bones; no meat of revelation ... It is all open-sourced.
The second point is captured in the above quote: it assumes a series of coincidences that came together in the face of poor planning and ineffective leadership.
An experienced field operative survives by one hard and fast rule: there are no coincidences. If it works out in the nonce that a coincidence did occur, nothing has been risked. The opposite can prove terminal.
I choose not to believe that, conveniently, Bruce Ohr's wife just happened to work for Fusion GPS which provided a lifeline to the Steele/FBI conduit AFTER the FBI severed contact with Steele. Senior DoJ legal counselor, Bruce Ohr, pulled up his bootstraps and filled the void created by the broken communications link.
But wait! The FBI claimed that they had to cut off contact with Steele because of his insecure media leaks. Why would a high level cutout like Bruce Ohr become necessary? ...and there sat Ms. Convenience - Nellie Ohr - in direct contact with Steele and with the best blue ribbon channel to the FBI through her husband, a high level DoJ official.
The FBI was no longer in contact with Christopher Steele! They were in contact with a senior DoJ official who knew someone (his wife) who knew Steele. That is of course the purpose of a cutout: to provide credible deniability as well as an additional layer of security.
So who was the mysterious HAND behind the scenes directing all this subterfuge? Was it Clapper? ...Brennan? ...Susan Rice? ...HRC? Mr. Untouchable himself, Barak 0bama? Alas, we don't suffer the revelation.
I can propose a credible candidate; I cannot state his name, but his initials are George S0r0s.
” Charles “Sam” Faddis”
I like the way this person writes and thinks. He’s got ‘experience’ written all over him with no trace of evolved ass-kissing that so many in DC pick up to save their feeding place at the federal trough.
Bump. This is a great piece. Needs wide exposure.
Have you read this? What’s your impression?
One coincidence is very possible. Seventeen is next to impossible. I can't do the math but it's similar to the 'one grain on the first square of a chessboard... then double it next square and again and again... or in this case 17 times. 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, etc...
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