Anti-Trump FBI Official Identified As Leaker To WSJ, WaPo Reporter

Newly released text messages between controversial anti-Trump FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page reveal several leaks of confidential information to Wall St. Journal reporter, Devlin Barrett, who is now with the Washington Post.

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via Conservative Treehouse

Following the release of the timestamped texts by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Conservative Treehouse compared the timing of the messages between the agents and tied them to several instances of Barrett breaking news or confirming rumors based on "sources" within the government.

Via the Conservative Treehouse: 

On October 28th, 2016 (as above), at the exact time the re-opening of the Clinton investigation hit the media news-cycle, Page and Strzok were texting.  From the released messaging we see at 5:19pm Lisa Page is on the phone with “Devlin”:

Page: 5:19pm “Still on the phone with Devlin. Mike’s phone is ON FIRE.”

Strzok: 5:29pm “You might wanna tell Devlin he should turn on CNN, there’s news on.”

Page: 5:30pm “He knows. He just got handed a note.”

Strzok: 5:33pm “Ha. He asking about it now?”

Page: 5:34pm “Yeah. It was pretty funny. Coming now.”

At 5:36pm Devlin Barrett tweets:

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 ​Sources, as in Lisa Page - who Barrett was just (or still) on the phone with. 

Looking back upon the released text messages, and comparing them to reporting by Devlin Barrett, another specific article jumps out.

On October 23rd, 2016, Devlin Barrett reported on a scoop:

“Scoop: McAuliffe PAC gave $467,500 to campaign of wife of senior FBI official who oversaw Clinton email probe” (link)

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(Tweet Link) and (Story Link)

This October 23rd, 2016, “scoop” aligns with the internal text messaging discussion between Agent Peter Strzok and FBI Attorney Lisa Page who were discussing James Comey’s chief-of-staff James Rybicki recommending that FBI Asst. Director Andrew “Andy” McCabe should be recused from the Hillary Clinton investigation.

From the messaging the recusal was discussed mid-through-late October 2016:

00:52am …”if it’s a matter similar to those we’ve been talking about lately”…

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The Conservative Treehouse then notes that Barrett left the Wall Street Journal and joined the Washington Post, where he wrote a cover story to explain away a bizarre text between Strzok and Page referencing then-candidate Hillary Clinton: 

"So look, you say we text on that phone when we talk about Hillary because it can't be traced" "You were just venting, [because] you feel bad that you’re gone so much but that can’t be helped right now."

In his WaPo piece, Barrett posits that the text was in reference to the extramarital affair the FBI agents were having with each other:

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The WaPo article starts off: 

Two senior FBI officials who texted each other about President Trump and Hillary Clinton relied on work phones to try to hide their romance from a spouse and made the bureau’s probe of Clinton’s private email server their cover story for being in such close contact, according to people familiar with the matter. -WaPo

We now have what appears to be evidence of an FBI official leaking information to a WSJ / WaPo reporter, who subsequently tweeted and wrote articles defending Page and Strzok, while throwing FBI deputy director Andy McCabe under the bus. 

Then again, as the Conservative Treehouse notes, former FBI Director James Comey was doing the same thing.

Comments

giovanni_f stizazz Fri, 01/26/2018 - 12:59 Permalink

What do you expect, all you Putin-apologists and Hillary-haters out here: This story once again proves beyond any doubt to which frightening degree the Russians managed to subvert our democratic institutions meant to protect us. Rumor has it (expect CNN bombshell in the next 24 hrs) that Putin was personally involved in figuring out how to implant a Russian mole at the bullwarks of truth, the WSJ and WaPo under the ominous code name "Devlin". A cynical, devilish plot, indeed.

/s

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Whoa Dammit Fed Supporter Fri, 01/26/2018 - 14:56 Permalink

Either on this thread or the previous one about the Fibbing Duo, someone asked what Strzok's wife looks like. Well, she is a bit of a heifer, and has calves that would make the Incredible Hulk greener with envy. Those who are more charitable might say she's got the Caitlin Jenner look going.

Photo:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/12/20/17/477B7D3600000578-5199043-i…

 

But the most interesting thing about her, is the fact that she is an attorney & is an assistant director at the SEC. Her one big case, against Benjamin Wey and New York Global Group, was tossed out of court for constitutional rights violations. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan said the seizure of items such as children’s school records, family photos and X-rays at minimum reflected ‘grossly negligent or reckless disregard’ of the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure.”  

I wonder if her hubby was in charge of the search & seizure part of this. It might be a good story for the Tylers to follow up on.

Link with Benjamin Wey info:

https://heavy.com/news/2017/12/melissa-hodgman-peter-strzok-wife-facebo…

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OverTheHedge pawn Sat, 01/27/2018 - 03:51 Permalink

Old joke - kid comes back from school trip to a farm, and regales parents with what he saw: "There were sheep, and goats, and chickens, and ducks, and fuckers, and..."

"Excuse me?!"

"Well, the farmer said "effers", but I knew what he meant"

When I was young and impressionable, my neighbour had a milking herd, and was always cutting conversation short because he"got to get they bullocks in for milkin'". There's probably a video about that on the internet, somewhere, but frankly, I don't want to look.

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garcam123 MagicHandPuppet Fri, 01/26/2018 - 12:13 Permalink

Com..on give her a break.....she probably washes and stays clean and smells good......and we all know that "new" pussy is better than just about everything!  That was my problem....I fell in love with falling in love, or lust usually......it was like a drug for me....and man I loved every one of them.....and their daughters!...

Had a wonderful time.....Like to meet one more!!!!! A chaste beauty who loves the Lord! Best sex EVER!

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3LockBox SethPoor Fri, 01/26/2018 - 10:15 Permalink

I'd call my rep but I have in the past. They ALL end in (D) and they don't give a shit. They do not represent or listen...

Scott Peters

Susan Davis

Feinstein

All freaking worthless treasonous shills for corporate interests and the MIC.

They do not represent the people.

We really need campaign reform and a real hard look into the voter rolls at all the illegal voting if there is going to be a real change.

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seek Luc X. Ifer Fri, 01/26/2018 - 11:57 Permalink

If it gets hot enough, they'll suicide a couple cut-outs and blame everything on them.

I do think there's longer-term fallout, my guess is there's enough damaging info (likely on both sides since it's been implied Obama was copying intel) that a whole bunch of folks aren't going to be able to safely run for re-election. If it was just corrupt Rs and Ds, they'd just agree to avoid mutual destruction as usual, but a third party (Trump) has fucked up that deal.

But yeah, someone(s) are going to go down hard. Only options are death or non-extradition countries, and that's tantamount to a confession of guilt and upstream parties won't like that one bit.

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