NSA spying on the Trump administration? And Heads will Roll

crew-2231211The decision to withhold information underscores deep mistrust between the intelligence community and president.

 

The intelligence agencies work for the President of The United States, perhaps very loosely under Obama, but they will follow their strict oaths of office under President Trump.

 

“Spies Keep Intelligence From Donald Trump on Leak Concerns.”

 

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This has been by intention and leads to its first fallen victim Retired Michael Flynn.

As if the New Trump administration doesn’t have enough to deal with, they must concern themselves with “Traitors, holdovers from the Obama Administration who have no love for our country.

When this is finally sorted out, heads will roll.

 

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President Donald Trump speaking at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., on Jan. 21. Photo: Olivier Doulier/Press Pool

U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.

The officials’ decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward U.S. spy agencies. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him.

In some of these cases of withheld information, officials have decided not to show Mr. Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former officials said. Those sources and methods could include, for instance, the means that an agency uses to spy on a foreign government.

A spokesman for the Office of Director of National Intelligence said: “Any suggestion that the U.S. intelligence community is withholding information and not providing the best possible intelligence to the president and his national security team is not true.”

Intelligence officials have in the past not told a president or members of Congress about the ins and outs of how they ply their trade.

At times, they have decided that secrecy is essential for protecting a source and that all a president needs to know is what that source revealed and what the intelligence community thinks is important about it.

But in these previous cases in which information was withheld, the decision wasn’t motivated by a concern about a president’s trustworthiness or discretion, the current and former officials said.

It wasn’t clear Wednesday how many times officials have held back information from Mr. Trump.

The officials emphasized that they know of no instance in which crucial information about security threats or potential plotting has been omitted. Still, the misgivings that have emerged among intelligence officials point to the fissures spreading between the White House and the U.S. spy agencies.

Mr. Trump, a Republican, asked Monday night for the resignation of Mike Flynn, his national security adviser, after the White House said the president lost trust in him, in part, because he misstated the nature of his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

On Wednesday, Mr. Trump castigated the intelligence agencies and the news media, blaming them for Mr. Flynn’s downfall.

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“The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy. Very un-American!” Mr. Trump tweeted.

Mr. Trump doesn’t immerse himself in intelligence information, and it isn’t clear that he has expressed a desire to know sources and methods. The intelligence agencies have been told to dramatically pare down the president’s daily intelligence briefing, both the number of topics and how much information is described under each topic, an official said. Compared with his immediate predecessors, Mr. Trump so far has chosen to rely less on the daily briefing than they did.

The current and former officials said the decision to avoid revealing sources and methods with Mr. Trump stems in large part from the president’s repeated expressions of admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his call during the presidential campaign for Russia to continue hacking the emails of his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia stole and leaked emails from Mrs. Clinton’s campaign to undermine the election process and try to boost Mr. Trump’s chances of winning, an allegation denied by Russian officials.

Several of Mr. Trump’s current and former advisers are under investigation for the nature of their ties to Moscow, according to people familiar with the matter. After Mr. Flynn’s dismissal, lawmakers have called on the government to release the transcripts of his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and to disclose whether Mr. Trump was aware of or directed Mr. Flynn’s conversations.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he has heard concerns from officials about sharing especially sensitive information with Mr. Trump.

“I’ve talked with people in the intelligence community that do have concerns about the White House, about the president, and I think those concerns take a number of forms,” Mr. Schiff said, without confirming any specific incidents. “What the intelligence community considers their most sacred obligation is to protect the very best intelligence and to protect the people that are producing it.”

“I’m sure there are people in the community who feel they don’t know where he’s coming from on Russia,” Mr. Schiff said.

Tensions between the spy agencies and Mr. Trump were pronounced even before he took office, after he publicly accused the Central Intelligence Agency and others of leaking information about alleged Russian hacking operations to undermine the legitimacy of his election win. In a meandering speech in front of a revered CIA memorial the day after his inauguration, Mr. Trump boasted about the size of his inaugural crowd and accused the media of inventing a conflict between him and the agencies.

In a news conference on Wednesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Mr. Trump again lashed out at the media and intelligence officials, whom he accused of “criminal” leaks about Mr. Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador last December.

Mr. Trump didn’t explain Wednesday why he asked for Mr. Flynn’s resignation. Instead, he suggested the leaks and the media were to blame for his ouster.

“General Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media,” Mr. Trump said. “And I think it’s really a sad thing that he was treated so badly.”

“I think in addition to that from intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s criminal action. It’s a criminal act and it’s been going on for a long time before me but now it’s really going on.”

Reviving his line of criticism against intelligence officials during the transition, Mr. Trump said the “illegally leaked” information was from people with political motivations. “People are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton,” Mr. Trump said.

A person close to Mr. Trump said he was reluctant to let go of Mr. Flynn because Mr. Flynn had vigorously supported him at a stage of his presidential campaign when few people did. Mr. Trump also felt Mr. Flynn did nothing wrong in his conversations with the U.S. ambassador to Russia and had good intentions.

“They both continue to support each other,” this person said.

For intelligence veterans, who had hoped that Mr. Trump’s feud with the agencies might have subsided, Wednesday’s comments renewed and deepened concerns.

“This is not about who won the election. This is about concerns about institutional integrity,” said Mark Lowenthal, a former senior intelligence official.

“It’s probably unprecedented to have this difficult a relationship between a president and the intelligence agencies,” Mr. Lowenthal said. “I can’t recall ever seeing this level of friction. And it’s just not good for the country.”

Several congressional probes are examining Russia’s alleged meddling in the election. On Wednesday, the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee requested a Justice Department briefing and documents related to Mr. Flynn’s resignation, including details of his communications with Russian officials.

Write to Shane Harris at shane.harris@wsj.com and Carol E. Lee at carol.lee@wsj.com

 

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11 Responses to NSA spying on the Trump administration? And Heads will Roll

  1. upaces88 says:

    They would love it IF it was Russia with the “Leaks”. It wasn’t. It was WikiLeaks.
    Putin is not going to interfere with the US Election! He will let the American people decide for themselves.
    ​There were a few of us researching Putin.
    From a friend: “N’s comment first: ​Putin doesn’t want an old soviet style Russian empire. ​T​hey are doing so much better under capitalism….better than the USA! He’s worked hard ( with Medeved) to establish the new Russia which has freedoms. He’s not about to fuck that up by doing socialism once again!

    Russia’s guidelines are:

    1) ​T​hey would have to pay a land tax to have their church there. All pay this land tax. All churches, synagogues etc. pay this land tax. Protestants think they should be able to be there for free just like they do in America.

    2) They would be subject to user fees….just like everyone else in Russia. They don’t have social services or programs. No welfare! Protestants think they shouldn’t have to pay these and should get everything for free just like in America.

    3) If they build protestant schools they would have to follow the Russian education curriculum AND have the students say the Russian Oath of Allegiance. Protestants think that somehow having Russian students say this oath is being disloyal to America!

    Since they won’t agree to these guidelines and requirements they are not allowed to set up their flavour of religion in Russia. Their choice….not Putin’s. As the leader of Russia, he’s allowed with the Russian citizens blessings) to do what is necessary to keep dissension out of Russia and to set up the educational aspects as he sees fit for all Russians.
    ​​The reason I said “again​?​”I knew he said it; couldn’t find it.​ I looked everywhere…I tried ONE more time, and it was back!
    ——
    This begins my comment.
    Putin is ready for a bold leader in the White House that he can team up with to … Trump won’t put pressure him​.​ Putin is itching to nuke Washington​ if Hillary Clinton ​is elected; and ​will lead us into war with Russia.
    http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/vladimir-putin-just-made-a-massive-donald-trump-announcement/

    LOL…I was kicked off of Fellowship of the Minds for adding the info about Putin said he would Nuke D.C. if Clinton was in the WH.

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  2. I can’t add anymore than when what Upaces said. I say, “Off with their heads!” (the NSA/intelligence folks). (I’m on a Alice in Wonderland marathon, lol)

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  3. upaces88 says:

    What just blows me away is that most of them (Clinton and friends) don’t seem to care that they are up to their necks in filth!

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  4. Dave the Differentiat says:

    Once again the “Whistle-Blowers” are exposing the rotten folks in our Government.

    So, the big question is “Who can we, the People TRUST?”

    Trump appears to be the salvation for America.

    This corruption problem needs a solution and it now appears that death for the violators is the most viable one to assure that the corruption stops.

    One of the big problems is that the vistors do not drink from thr skulls of their enemies any longer.

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  5. Susan Hines says:

    All this is IS a deflection of the leaker into the Trump administration! If they keep the public focused on Trump and his ties with Russia no one will think about who from the Obamanation crew in January gathered the information on Flynn and who gave the order to gather it. (Obama). It had to be gathered pre Trump as it was during early January that and the election that all of these phone calls took place. So who is really to blame for all of it? The man with a legacy to lose. Here is an article everyone needs to read: “Obama’s OFA Takes the Next Step to Destroy President Trump” in the Independent Sentinel on Feb 12,2017. You will learn just what our last president is really up to and y all of the things are happening today. It opened my eyes wide to who is who in this game very fast!

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  6. upaces88 says:

    Trump is tough! He knows exactly what is going on. He likes to Tweet. I never Tweeted in my life. I asked him to get “Private Security” as well as Secret Service. That’s sad when I have lost so much trust in our own Secret Service.

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  7. JAFC says:

    The current intelligence system (by now a matrix) only dates back to the second world war, when the OSS was formed as a venture by the Department of the Army (which used to be a full Cabinet department as the War Department). .

    After the war, the OSS became an independent Agency (splitting off from its parent US Army Security Agency – ASA) under its founder Col “Wild Bill” Donovan and his chief of staff, James Jesus Angleton. Donovan’s successor, Alan Dulles, turned it into a spy agency. Alan’s brother (the two were known around Washington as The Dulles Twins), John Foster Dulles, soon Secretary of State, merged the under-the-cover intel service of State and CIA in ways that have never been untangled.

    Together they gave birth to the NSA (signals intelligence) and the OSI (Signals meets the space age and marries black ops). And there are doubtless many more multiplying in the shadows.

    All of these three-letter agencies are in fierce (some would even claim deadly) competition with each other. These are more than federal agencies. Each has become a living, breathing, thinking creature unto itself.

    Each has developed its own foreign policy platform. NONE of them give a tinker’s give a damn WHAT the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the US government think or do.

    Because each lives in its own separate universe. Each has its own agendas.

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    • Susan Hines says:

      I agree they probably never had a reason to join forces and be friends before now. Now they all have the same agenda to bring Trump down. Or at least a certain faction in each group does. I think anyone hired during the last 8 years needs to pack his or her bags and skiddattle on down the pike. After that, if the mole is still there, start one by one checking each of the remaining members from top down Check each team member for their records of everything concerning them. At work and at home. This is a matter of highest security and the leak must be plugged. Let all the heads roll. Once one falls, they will take everyone down with them. They will be too chicken to take it all alone. Clean house from top to bottom and get it arranged the way Trump wants it to be. The process really wouldn’t be that difficult. Just get going and they will fall like dead flies. Right now they think they have all the power. President Trump needs to walk in and take it back today!

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