Report: Former CIA Director Colluded With Foreign Spies to Falsify Trump-Russia Connections

There were dueling headlines this week, one from a liberal British newspaper, the other from a conservative U.S. magazine.

"British spies were first to spot Trump team's links with Russia," wrote The Guardian. Well, bother, that'll put the prezzy in a bit of a spot. 

But wait, there was this other headline -- same story, just a different headline, from The American Spectator: "Confirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump."

Well dang, now we don't know what to think.

The Guardian painted the "facts" in dull hues: 

The Guardian has been told the FBI and the CIA were slow to appreciate the extensive nature of contacts between Trump’s team and Moscow ahead of the US election. This was in part due to US law that prohibits US agencies from examining the private communications of American citizens without warrants. “They are trained not to do this,” the source stressed.

“It looks like the [US] agencies were asleep,” the source added. “They [the European agencies] were saying: ‘There are contacts going on between people close to Mr Trump and people we believe are Russian intelligence agents. You should be wary of this.’

Thank God for British intelligence, or we surely would've missed this massive Trump-Russia collusion.

But The Spectator shined the spotlight into the dark crevasses of the story:

Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, [John] Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump’s candidacy. He used their phony intelligence as a pretext for a multi-agency investigation into Trump, which led the FBI to probe a computer server connected to Trump Tower and gave cover to Susan Rice, among other Hillary supporters, to spy on Trump and his people.

John Brennan’s CIA operated like a branch office of the Hillary campaign, leaking out mentions of this bogus investigation to the press in the hopes of inflicting maximum political damage on Trump. An official in the intelligence community tells TAS that Brennan’s retinue of political radicals didn’t even bother to hide their activism, decorating offices with “Hillary for president cups” and other campaign paraphernalia.

Huh. What a very different story.

What's important from the U.S. side, of course, is what our own CIA director did. 

Says The Spectator: "The Guardian says that British spy head Robert Hannigan 'passed material in summer 2016 to the CIA chief, John Brennan.' To ensure that these flaky tips leaked out, Brennan disseminated them on Capitol Hill. In August and September of 2016, he gave briefings to the'“Gang of Eight' about them, which then turned up on the front page of the New York Times."

Funny, it was all right there in The Guardian report -- Brennan was the center of the storm. "The matter was deemed so sensitive it was handled at 'director level.' After an initially slow start, Brennan used GCHQ information and intelligence from other partners to launch a major inter-agency investigation."

But The Guardian sought to play up the roles of British and European agencies. 

Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies shared further information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians, sources said.

The European countries that passed on electronic intelligence – known as sigint – included Germany, Estonia and Poland. Australia, a member of the “Five Eyes” spying alliance that also includes the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand, also relayed material, one source said.

But The Spectator cuts to the point far more succinctly: 

Were the media not so completely in the tank for Obama and Hillary, all of this political mischief would make for a compelling 2016 version of All the President’s Men. Instead, the public gets a steady stream of Orwellian propaganda about the sudden propriety of political espionage. The headline writers at Pravda couldn’t improve on this week’s official lie, tweeted out by the Maggie Habermans: “Susan Rice Did Nothing Wrong, Say Both Dem and Republican House Aides.”

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