CNN’s Jim Sciutto used to work for Obama so his new hit piece on Trump was greeted with great skepticism
CNN reports claims that we had a spy at the top levels of the Russian government. This guy was so close to Putin supposedly that he could take pictures of official documents.
We extracted him in 2017 and CNN and Sciutto tried to say it was because Trump could not be trusted with the information.
Now they did not say because he was in bed with Putin, but rather Trump may let slip or brag about our capabilities and they cited a meeting with the Soviets in the WH where some Israeli information got out.
So the media ran with the story and bashed Trump and then the New York times came out and made them all look foolish.
According to the Times, the reason we pulled the guy was the media and the CIA was afraid they would get the name and leak it.
From The Daily Caller:
CNN’s Jim Sciutto reported that the CIA extracted the asset due in part to concerns about President Donald Trump’s handling of classified information. Sciutto, who served in the Obama administration, reported that the Russian source was removed soon after Trump met with Russian government officials in the Oval Office in May 2017. U.S. officials became concerned after that meeting that Trump and some in his administration might somehow reveal details about intelligence operations.
But according to The Times, the CIA offered to extract the asset in 2016, well before Trump took office.
The mole rejected the initial offer for exfiltration, but ultimately agreed to leave Russia in 2017, after the CIA raised concerns about increased media scrutiny of the sources the U.S. intelligence community used to determine that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.
“But former intelligence officials said there was no public evidence that Mr. Trump directly endangered the source, and other current American officials insisted that media scrutiny of the agency’s sources alone was the impetus for the extraction,” The Times story reads.
“The news reporting in the spring and summer of 2017 convinced United States government officials that they had to update and revive their extraction plan, according to people familiar the matter.”