While the appointment of a Special Prosecutor might sound like a bad thing for the Trump administration, it might be a case of be careful what you wish for.
The Democrats might not like what comes out about them, not Trump. Their Russian narrative may backfire on them in a big way. Critters in the swamp should worry.
For instance, I did not realize until I read this article, that John Podesta had access to the President’s Daily Briefing. President Obama decided that unlike other presidents, he would receive it digitally on a tablet and that he would share it with 30 other people, one of whom was Clinton ally John Podesta.
Here’s the info via Conservative Treehouse. Don’t be dissuaded by length; it is fascinating.
When you recognize how widely the Obama administration disseminated the PDB you begin to realize how easy it was for any foreign entity, including the Russians, to have access to the EXACT SAME daily intelligence brief as President Obama and his National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
An additional character within this wide-dissemination construct would be John Podesta. Remember, after Hillary Clinton stepped down from Secretary of State, she inserted, with Obama’s approval, John Podesta within the White House Senior Advisory staff to keep a communications line open with direct information. Podesta remained in that position throughout 2013, 2014 and into 2015.
Having a known entity like John Podesta with access to the PDB and the unmasked intelligence therein, puts the appropriate highlight on the risk carried by Russian hacking into Podesta’s electronic communications, stored data and email correspondence.
Is it any surprise Russian, or any foreign intelligence group, would then be making attempts to enter the unsecured private email accounts of Secretary Hillary Clinton and her top level staff?
And John Podesta is only one of numerous people who would have access to this PDB information. All of which would potentially be at risk of being read daily by enterprising hackers, or various spies, who would glean a gobsmacking level of information by actually reading the same unmasked intelligence as the President of the United States.
Oh, the angles are almost limitless.
Not only would President Obama and his entire NSC team be gathering operational political intelligence on their political adversaries to include President-Elect Donald Trump and his transition team, but they would also be gathering intelligence and unmasking it on other U.S. Officials…..
…..That same unmasked and widespread surveillance, under the auspices of intelligence gathering, was then shared with dozens of administration officials -beyond the likes of the National Security Council, Asst. Defense Secretary Farkas and politicos like John Podesta- which means it was more than likely reviewed, via hacking etc., by our most critical national enemies.
Follow that trail to where it leads and you’ll likely discover the real story that encompasses the motive to create the ‘vast Russian conspiracy‘.
It only took Susan Rice two minutes on MSNBC to highlight the entire motive.
Another March 2nd MSNBC interview takes a new context:
“I was urging my former colleagues, and, and frankly speaking the people on the Hill [Democrat politicians], it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can – get as much intelligence as you can – before President Obama leaves the administration.”
Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left; so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy, um, that the Trump folks – if they found out HOW we knew what we knew about their, the Trump staff, dealing with Russians – that they would try to compromise those sources and methods; meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence.
So I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open and I knew that there was more. We have very good intelligence on Russia; so then I had talked to some of my former colleagues and I knew that they were also trying to help get information to the Hill. … That’s why you had the leaking”.
Someone from inside the system added:
“…the posture is worse than you likely imagine. So how classified information gets spread around without too much detail is if I am on Red Team A and involved in operations and running sources and have the same clearance as my buddy on Red Team B in another province of the country and my other buddy just rotated back home and is in DC area or wherever…as long as we all have the same clearances, I can email/forward say my source notes, intelligence summaries, graphic intelligence summaries (GRINTSUM), to those buddies of my mine along with a wink, wink don’t share this with anyone else.
“Do they have the clearance to view it? Yes. Should they be viewing it? Depends if they’ve been read on to the same program though unlikely as they are either in a different province with different objectives and my other buddy is now back home and working from a SCIF there but likely does not ‘need to know’ about our operations anymore.
“Now compound this with my buddies who have their own close buddies and next thing you know the ‘Intel’ meant for a certain operation is now spread to easily a hundred people or more and should have stayed on the FOB and with approx 10-12 people who needed to know only.
“THIS is how PDBs and other like Intel get spread throughout the community and also how Trump has massive leaks coming from my community who do not like him. There is nothing stopping an analyst with a TS/SCI clearance from copying and pasting portions of briefs or entire reports and sending them via classified email to a ‘buddy.’ This is how HRC and Huma transferred intelligence I’m 99 percent sure.”
Here’s another take:
“If Trump had anything to hide he would resist appointing a SC tooth and nail. Explains why Obozo never appointed any SC. Obozo had plenty to hide and the MSM was more then happy to ignore them all. The benefit of the SC is it shuts the Dems up and makes them wonder what else he will find. There are still smart people left in the Dem party. Behind all the hysteria the smart ones know the Trump-Russia monologue only gets them so far but has the huge potential to boomerang badly back on them. Rarely in politics does one side dominate the momentum all the time.”
You can’t drain the swamp without howls, protests and fighting back. It’s going to be rocky, particularly with the media’s constant spin on things. I do think Trump knows what he’s doing and is determined.