… it’s time to admit you’ve been pushing fake news.
Matt Tabbi has a review of the recently released DoJ IG report over at Rolling Stone.
Then, following a series of leaks, the news media essentially reported on the FBI’s wrong reporting of Steele’s wrong reporting.
The impact was greater than just securing a warrant to monitor Page. More significant were the years of headlines that grew out of this process, beginning with the leaking of the meeting with Trump about Steele’s blackmail allegations, the insertion of Steele’s conclusions in the Intelligence Assessment about Russian interference, and the leak of news about the approval of the Page FISA warrant.
As a result, a “well-developed conspiracy” theory based on a report that Comey described as “salacious and unverified material that a responsible journalist wouldn’t report without corroborating,” became the driving news story in a superpower nation for two years. Even the New York Times, which published a lot of these stories, is in the wake of the Horowitz report noting Steele’s role in “unleashing a flood of speculation in the news media about the new president’s relationship with Russia.”
No matter what people think the political meaning of the Horowitz report might be, reporters who read it will know: Anybody who touched this nonsense in print should be embarrassed.
They should be embarrassed because their behavior was unprofessional and immoral, but I suspect for most of our betters among the “journalists” the source of any embarrassment is frustration caused by being caught.
Yesterday, two sources one would normally associate with support for the Deep State delivered news that exposed lying by government agencies. First, WaPo published an extensive article based on a lessons learned report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction that contain details about how multiple government agencies had misrepresented the “progress” in the Afghan War to the American public. Then, another report was publicly issued Department of Justice IG which detailed lies told by the FBI to deceive the FISA court to issue surveillance warrants against Carter Page and other malfeasance associated with the Russia Collusion Hoax.
You know, it’s almost enough to make one think that the swamp really does need draining and that some (or all) of the dangerous reptiles be dealt with.
… like a woman scorned. Jim Hoff has an interesting post up describing how the FBI came to know about those thousands of Strzok/Page text messages. Strzok’s wife found them on his phone and turned them over.
The story is breaking again about Democrat/Ukrainian activist Alexandra Chalupa’s involvement with DoJ and DHS election hacking with a offshoot of Anonymous that called themselves “The Protectors.” They were affiliated with Brett Kimberlin and his Velvet Revolution US not-for-profit. Here’s how Kimberlin, the convicted Speedway Bomber who is probably most famous for lying about being Dan Quayle’s dope dealer, testified about the Protectors operation during a trial held in October, 2016.
We’re doing a lot of, of, because my wife’s from the Ukraine, we’re doing a lot of work with Ukraine.
Right now, I’m working with Congress members on legislation to protect the vote. I’m working with the Department of Justice right now to protect the, this coming election. There’s been a lot of information about hacking by Russians.
And our team that works for me are, are specialists in, in hacking and electronic cyber hacking, and things like that. So we are probably one of the foremost groups in, in the country on that.
Kimberlin has indeed been deeply involved in things Ukrainian. He worked with Alexandra Chalupa and her sister with their Digital Maidan Twitter project which supported the 2014 revolution, and he is involved with the EuroMaidan PR website as well. In fact, he changed the Velvet Revolution US corporate name to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc.
I can think of some interesting questions for Ms. Chalupa.