Sharyl Attkisson: 8 Signs Pointing To A Counter-Intel Op Deployed Against Trump

Authored by Sharyl Attkisson, op-ed via The Hill,

It may be true that President Trump illegally conspired with Russia and was so good at covering it up he’s managed to outwit our best intel and media minds who've searched for irrefutable evidence for two years. (We still await special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings.)

But there’s a growing appearance of alleged wrongdoing equally as insidious, if not more so, because it implies widespread misuse of America’s intelligence and law enforcement apparatus.

Here are eight signs pointing to a counterintelligence operation deployed against Trump for political reasons.

1. Code name

The operation reportedly had at least one code name that was leaked to The New York Times: “Crossfire Hurricane.”

2. Wiretap fever

Secret surveillance was conducted on no fewer than seven Trump associates: chief strategist Stephen Bannon; lawyer Michael Cohen; national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn; adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner; campaign chairman Paul Manafort; and campaign foreign policy advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

The FBI reportedly applied for a secret warrant in June 2016 to monitor Manafort, Page, Papadopoulos and Flynn. If true, it means the FBI targeted Flynn six months before his much-debated conversation with Russia’s ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

The FBI applied four times to wiretap Page after he became a Trump campaign adviser starting in July 2016. Page’s office is connected to Trump Tower and he reports having spent “many hours in Trump Tower.”

CNN reported that Manafort was wiretapped before and after the election “including during a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Trump.” Manafort reportedly has a residence in Trump Tower.

Electronic surveillance was used to listen in on three Trump transition officials in Trump Tower — Flynn, Bannon and Kushner — as they met in an official capacity with the United Arab Emirates’ crown prince.

The FBI also reportedly wiretapped Flynn’s phone conversation with Kislyak on Dec. 31, 2016, as part of “routine surveillance” of Kislyak.

NBC recently reported that Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, was wiretapped. NBC later corrected the story, saying Cohen was the subject of a “pen register” used to monitor phone numbers and, possibly, internet communications.

3. National security letters

Another controversial tool reportedly used by the FBI to obtain phone records and other documents in the investigation were national security letters, which bypass judicial approval.

Improper use of such letters has been an ongoing theme at the FBI. Reviews by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General found widespread misuse under Mueller — who was then FBI director — and said officials failed to report instances of abuses as required.

4. Unmasking

“Unmasking” — identifying protected names of Americans captured by government surveillance — was frequently deployed by at least four top Obama officials who have subsequently spoken out against President Trump: James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence; Samantha Power, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Susan Rice, former national security adviser; Sally Yates, former deputy attorney general.

Names of Americans caught communicating with monitored foreign targets must be “masked,” or hidden within government agencies, so the names cannot be misused or shared. 

However, it’s been revealed that Power made near-daily unmasking requests in 2016.

Prior to that revelation, Clapper claimed ignorance. When asked if he knew of unmasking requests by any ambassador, including Power, he testified: “I don't know. Maybe it's ringing a vague bell but I'm not — I could not answer with any confidence.”

Rice admitted to asking for unmasked names of U.S. citizens in intelligence reports after initially claiming no knowledge of any such thing.

Clapper also admitted to requesting the unmasking of “Mr. Trump, his associates or any members of Congress.” Clapper and Yates admitted they also personally reviewed unmasked documents and shared unmasked material with other officials.

5. Changing the rules

On Dec. 15, 2016 — the same day the government listened in on Trump officials at Trump Tower — Rice reportedly unmasked the names of Bannon, Kushner and Flynn. And Clapper made a new rule allowing the National Security Agency to widely disseminate surveillance material within the government without the normal privacy protections.

6. Media strategy

Former CIA Director John Brennan and Clapper, two of the most integral intel officials in this ongoing controversy, have joined national news organizations where they have regular opportunities to shape the news narrative — including on the very issues under investigation.

Clapper reportedly secretly leaked salacious political opposition research against Trump to CNN in fall 2017 and later was hired as a CNN political analyst. In February, Brennan was hired as a paid analyst for MSNBC.

7. Leaks

There’s been a steady and apparently orchestrated campaign of leaks — some true, some false, but nearly all of them damaging to President Trump’s interests.

A few of the notable leaks include word that Flynn was wiretapped, the anti-Trump “Steele dossier” of political opposition research, then-FBI Director James Comey briefing Trump on it, private Comey conversations with Trump, Comey’s memos recording those conversations and criticizing Trump, the subpoena of Trump’s personal bank records (which proved false) and Flynn planning to testify against Trump (which also proved to be false).

8. Friends, informants and snoops

The FBI reportedly used one-time CIA operative Stefan Halper in 2016 as an informant to spy on Trump officials. 

Another player is Comey friend Daniel Richman, a Columbia University law professor, who leaked Comey’s memos against Trump to The New York Times after Comey was fired. We later learned that Richman actually worked for the FBI under a status called “Special Government Employee.”

The FBI used former reporter Glenn Simpson, his political opposition research firm Fusion GPS, and ex-British spy Christopher Steele to compile allegations against Trump, largely from Russian sources, which were distributed to the press and used as part of wiretap applications.

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These eight features of a counterintelligence operation are only the pieces we know.

It can be assumed there’s much we don’t yet know. And it may help explain why there’s so much material that the Department of Justice hasn’t easily handed over to congressional investigators.

Comments

J S Bach Disgruntled Goat Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:20 Permalink

What I want to read about is a "counter-intel-op" FROM Trump against the Deep State.  Is THAT anywhere on the horizon?  Or is Agent Orange going to continually play defense?  He, supposedly, holds the greatest power on earth as President of the United States.  If this were indeed true, wouldn't he wield it in defense of his inflated ego as well as the rube constituents that voted for him?  Uh, yeah.... right.  🍭

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IntercoursetheEU IridiumRebel Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:36 Permalink

Malicious Prosecution- "Common law tort, elements include intentionally (and maliciously) instituting and pursuing (or causing to be instituted or pursued) a legal action that is brought without probable cause and dismissed in favor of the victim of the malicious prosecution."

General Flynn - time to claw back Mueller's millions in civil court, after conviction through criminal proceedings.

 

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AlaricBalth NidStyles Wed, 05/23/2018 - 23:24 Permalink

"...Brennan was hired as a paid analyst for MSNBC."

Who owns MSNBC? Comcast. 

Who is CEO of Comcast? Brian Roberts

Roberts has donated to predominantly Democratic politicians including Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Kerry and Chuck Schumer. 

https://www.opensecrets.org/donor-lookup/results?name=Brian+Roberts&pag…

 

https://www.fiercecable.com/cable/comcast-s-cohen-to-hold-fundraiser-fo…

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Zerogenous_Zone WTFUD Thu, 05/24/2018 - 14:23 Permalink

the more we know, the more rope we slowly feed them...

 

it seems there are numerous layers...and as such, someone made mistakes (as we're finding out now) that have not even seen the light of day yet...

 

just popping corn and sipping some beer...watching, reading, discussing...enjoying...

 

change is coming...and it needs to be painful...so we can rebuild the Republic again...

 

zerogenous_zone

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Indo_Expat HRClinton Thu, 05/24/2018 - 05:05 Permalink

A few weeks in. You will never go the distance cunt, winding up back in the gulag the minute shit gets tough or the visa runs grind your gloating ass into the gutter of the unstable, shithole country you so foolishly bought into. 

Happy trails, douchebag and good luck with that long stay visa - you will never get it and those "rich white people" around you won't lift a finger to help when you come begging for assistance.

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Chupacabra-322 J S Bach Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:42 Permalink

@ J S,

 

No lawyer worth his salt would ever allow this to take place with a witch hunt, a corrupt prosecutor, the fact that the Constitution and the law are on Trump’s side, and the fact that there is no evidence of any kind he has committed a crime.

That’s exactly what needs to occur for the futile system of Tyrannical Lawlessness & Political Police Surveillance State to be accepted / instituted by State onto the Serfs.  

The State has to Gas Light the populace into thinking that even a sitting President is “Guilty until proven innocent.”  And, if a President is powerless against & can be removed by a Totalitarian, Authoritarian, Tyrannical Lawless, Political Police State, then anyone who poses a threat to said State can be threatened, persecuted & or Eliminated.

President has to be set, that if a sitting President can be taken down.  Anyone can be taken, disappeared, droned, Murdered, Tortured, Rendered & never seen from again.

The Slaves won’t stand a chance.  

Welcome to Serfdom.  

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LetThemEatRand Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:20 Permalink

It could not be more obvious that the Obama administration and deep state used the federal government apparatus to try to bring down Trump in a criminal manner that Nixon would never have imagined even in his most paranoid drunken state.   They did so to cover up their own crimes.  No American, left or right, should shy away from seeking treason charges against those responsible.  And I say this as a former Trump voter who now thinks the guy is a tool.  Tool or not, he was duly elected and this is treason and the stuff of banana republics.

BabaLooey LetThemEatRand Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:38 Permalink

The main problem Rand..is that the libtard leftoid soy boy shitfucks REFUSE to see - or admit - ANY wrongdoing by "their side".

None. It's alllllllllllllllllllllllll Trump.

and don't get me started on the brown half breed bullshitter.

That fuck and his wife Mike are yukking it up, signing Nutflix deals and sniggering.

He's."protected" - in sooooooooooooo many ways. His halfrican skin, his bullshittyness - his "cool".

One glance at any of the libtard main stream sewers ought to tell you that.

 

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Chupacabra-322 LetThemEatRand Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:43 Permalink

@ Lef,

FUCK THIS SHIT!!!

 

Until I see the Clintons rotting in jail along with the Bush family & the Obama's, Until I witness 3/4 of congress & the senate being purged & prosecuted, Until I witness the complete dismantle of the FED, Until I witness ALL military bases around the globe being closed & folks coming back home, Until I witness the MIC's budget cut down to 1/4 only for national protection, Until I witness the purge of all the CIA/FBI cartel, Until I witness manufacturing being restored in the Country, Until I witness the USA cutting all special interests & lobbying on behalf of Israel/Zionists & SA, Until I Witness the break of Wall Street & the Banks monopoly on the Economy & PM, Until I witness the full restoration of the rule of Law.........................  Until then, to me.  

 

It’s absolute, complete, open, in your Faces Tyrannical Lawlessness.

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WTFUD Chupacabra-322 Wed, 05/23/2018 - 23:12 Permalink

Let's start with Any One of those and a domino effect will occur.

Personally when the SHTF my suspicion is that Trump would rather bomb Iran than take down the Deep State Apparatus.

He has a golden opportunity right this minute to prove any doubters wrong with those parasites on the back-foot.

Can you fight Deep State and simultaneously have your snout wedged up Bibi's crack?

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MadHatt Chupacabra-322 Wed, 05/23/2018 - 23:18 Permalink

Not seeking re-election.
[Senate]
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