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The rubbish released yesterday by CNN about the blackmail material that the Russians supposedly have on President-elect Trump is not to be taken seriously. The episode is, nonetheless, quite serious.
CIA Director John Brennan seems to have concluded that with his patron/president gone, he (Brennan) will be "thrown under the bus," as smart people say -- and do -- in Washington. If the Trump administration folks are as vindictive as Brennan fears (and he has given them a lot to be vindictive about), there is much to blame Brennan for, including serious crimes.
It is possible to regard this latest outrage as a kind of prophylactic: If Trump goes after Brennan, the former CIA chief can try to make it appear to be retaliation for "the goods Brennan has on Trump -- but (of course) cannot reveal in detail because of the sensitivity of 'sources and methods.'"
One of our (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) regulars, former CIA operations officer Phil Giraldi, put it succinctly:
"At first read, this has all the hallmarks of a clever fabrication, the sort of thing we at CIA used to do in Europe in the 1970s and 1980s."
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Chuck Schumer said it all on Jan. 3, when he told Rachel Maddow, "He (Trump) is really dumb to do this. -- Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) January 4, 2017
New Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump is "being really dumb" by taking on the intelligence community and its assessments on Russia's cyber activities.
"Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you," Schumer told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. "So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he's being really dumb to do this."
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