It is a mixed bag, containing seemingly indefensible conduct by the Obama administration, but also conduct that I consider justified and proper (e.g., the prosecution of CIA leaker Jeffrey Sterling).Meanwhile, a funny thing keeps happening to that Russian-collusion narrative you're always reading and hearing about. From the Gateway Pundit:
It’s clear to me from the timeline, though, that the kinds of intelligence abuses we’re hearing about now did not begin when Team Obama became concerned about Donald Trump.
The CIA and FBI have pivoted from their Russian narrative as they admit that perhaps a traitor on the inside leaked docs to Wikileaks rather than the ‘Russians hacked and leaked’. [...]Scott Johnson of PowerLine has monitored some of the coverage lately and observes:
Wikileaks has actually admitted that they have received leaks from insiders and NOT Russian hackers yet the media has repeatedly ignored this because it doesn’t fit their ‘Russian hacking’ narrative.
Carter Page seems to be at the heart of the collusion story. Both the Washington Post [...] and the New York Times [...] devoted three of their star reporters to this week’s update on the story. The alleged collusion is looking as thin as Page, the man Julia Ioffe found nobody in Russia to have heard of when she asked around for Politico this past September:It's actually fascinating to see these two stories develop and intersect, and to watch how the different media clusters approach each one. It's a great side-by-side comparison that shows us who's on the rise and who's on the wane.
Enter Carter Page, a 44-year-old Ph.D., and business school graduate who claims an expertise in Russia and energy, yet who, I quickly discovered, was known by neither Russia experts nor energy experts nor Russian energy experts. (“I can poll any number of people involved in energy in Russia about Carter Page and they’ll say, ‘Carter who? You mean Jimmy Carter?’” says one veteran Western investor in Russian energy.) Page also, as I would be surprised to discover, appears largely unknown to Trump’s own campaign.Where did the smoke around Carter Page come from? Mollie Ziegler Hemingway asks whether the FBI used garbage opposition research to spy on Page. Hemingway’s column does a little “unmasking” of the respectable journalistic kind.
The difference between the surveillance story and the Russian-hacking narrative is that one has legs, and the other appears not to.