Sciutto (Def): A goober so eager to embarrass the President that he doesn’t wait for facts and later has to eat it.
You have to hand it to CNN. They seen determined to hit the bottom of the cesspit. Today CNN reporter Jim Sciutto reported this:
Washington (CNN)In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN.
A person directly involved in the discussions said that the removal of the Russian was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.
The decision to carry out the extraction occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The intelligence, concerning ISIS in Syria, had been provided by Israel.
The disclosure to the Russians by the President, though not about the Russian spy specifically, prompted intelligence officials to renew earlier discussions about the potential risk of exposure, according to the source directly involved in the matter.
The Hill immediately jumped on it
US pulled spy from Russia over concerns Trump mishandled intel: report https://t.co/r5mpXHUcf3 pic.twitter.com/dnQTEYoxxg
— The Hill (@thehill) September 9, 2019
Later Sciutto would claim this
Sciutto: "Now the New York Times has confirmed our story."
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) September 10, 2019
Yeah, except for the fact that the NY Times blew the story to hell.
As American officials began to realize that Russia was trying to sabotage the 2016 presidential election, the informant became one of the C.I.A.’s most important — and highly protected — assets. But when intelligence officials revealed the severity of Russia’s election interference with unusual detail later that year, the news media picked up on details about the C.I.A.’s Kremlin sources.
C.I.A. officials worried about safety made the arduous decision in late 2016 to offer to extract the source from Russia. The situation grew more tense when the informant at first refused, citing family concerns — prompting consternation at C.I.A. headquarters and sowing doubts among some American counterintelligence officials about the informant’s trustworthiness. But the C.I.A. pressed again months later after more media inquiries. This time, the informant agreed.
Late 2016. As in Trump was not President.
The decision to extract the informant was driven “in part” because of concerns that Mr. Trump and his administration had mishandled delicate intelligence, CNN reported. 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.
Keep that last sentence in mind as you read this:
A former senior Russian official is living in the Washington area under U.S. government protection, current and former government officials tell NBC News.
NBC News is withholding the man’s name and other key details at the request of U.S. officials, who say reporting the information could endanger his life.
Yet the former Russian government official, who had a job with access to secrets, was living openly under his true name.
An NBC News correspondent went to the man’s house in the Washington area and rang the doorbell. Five minutes later, two young men in an SUV came racing up the street and parked immediately adjacent to the correspondent’s car.
The men, who identified themselves only as friends of the Russian, asked the correspondent what he was doing there.
A former senior national security official said the men were likely U.S. government agents monitoring the Russian’s house.
It’s almost as though they want the guy done in. They were terrified that Trump might out the guy and they’ve all but published a map showing where the guy lives.
This is a major FUBAR but at CNN, it’s just another day. And don’t forget- Jim Sciutto was an Obama employee.
NEW: An official familiar with the matter responds to CNN's debunked story:
"In their fervor to blame President Trump for mishandling classified information, CNN potentially risked lives. They had multiple on-the-record quotes from Administration officials telling them…" 1/2 https://t.co/BzV3lPnyqC
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 10, 2019
"…their story was not only wrong, but irresponsible and dangerous, and CNN decided to run with it anyway." 2/2
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 10, 2019
It helps understand the incompetence.
Isn’t it nice of CNN to suddenly take an interest in someone mishandling classified information and endangering lives? I wonder where this concern was when Russia had all of Hillary’s emails or China was reading those emails at the same time Hillary was? I guess it’s only an interest to liberals when it can be made up about an opponent.
CNN is useless as a source of valid information. No wonder they host Democrat “debates”.
Once again CNN nails its Coffin shut as Americas turn them off
Does CNN try to rehabilitate itself?
It doubles down on slanted stupid.
The latest CNN poll:
”6 in 10 say Trump does not deserve a second term.”
“6 in 10” what?
How about 25% Republicans, 31% Democrats and 44% “Other Party.”
1st problem: Dems are oversampled.
2nd problem: Lots of other parties are Leftists.
There’s the Green Party, the Democratic Socialists of America, and more.
CNN blows the big one, alright. And all the others of various sizes as well.
Reuters, September 11, 2019 – Russia blasts idea a CIA mole lifted lid on its U.S. meddling
And if you can’t believe the Russians on this point, who can you believe?
Said who, on behalf of the CIA?
It’s already known that in May 2017 Trump shared highly classified information about ISIS obtained from Israel with Sergey Kislyak during a meeting in the Oval Office. Of course Trump has done the same with the CIA that he’s done with the DoJ.
@Greg: During a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information related to a potential Islamic State (ISIS) threat to use laptop computers in terrorist attacks on aircraft.
It was reported in the news that large electronics were already banned on foreign flights how highly classified could that be?
The propaganda hoopla has been debunked a long time ago.
“The president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation,” H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, who participated in the meeting told the Post. “At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly.”
Do try to keep up, dont dredge up old debunked crapola and embarrass yourself.
Certainly not Democrats, who facilitated the meddling and did far more damage to election integrity than 10,000 Russians could.
It is also known that every one of Hillary’s State Department emails, which she kept on a private, secret, unsecured server in order to avoid FOIA requests (and allow her to destroy 33,000 incriminating emails the instant State Department asked for them) were being read by China in real time and unknown quantities and classifications of emails were hacked by Russians. That has done FAR more damage than sharing information with Russians so they can kill the same enemies we are killing. Notice, those enemies are gone… right?
@Deplorable Me: Now we know that deleting over 30 K yoga emails after giving them to lawyers that have no security clearance to decide if they were work related isnt bad, just look at Xi Jinping he is trim and fit following Stinkys fitness plan, its like a Jane Fonda workout or sumthin’.
I know you like to tease about the JV team and it was simply a coincidence that after Barry was no longer arming “freedom fighters” that ISIL(Barrys term of respect) got its ass kicked.
I’m sure that, like the economy, the destruction of ISIS was only due to the thorough groundwork Obama did and left for Trump.
@Deplorable Me: He tried so hard to get the US to the bottom so Hillary could take the credit for those big government jobs created.