Friday, April 21, 2017

Obamagate update: Sharyl Attkisson's timeline, Russia

Independent investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson -- the one who left CBS News because she was stonewalled by the network in her attempt to cover several Obama administration scandals -- has put together a timeline of surveillance activities during and just after the Obama era. Paul Mirengoff at PowerLine offers a summary and some valuable context.

He writes:
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).

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.
Meanwhile, a funny thing keeps happening to that Russian-collusion narrative you're always reading and hearing about. From the Gateway Pundit:
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’. [...]

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.
Scott Johnson of PowerLine has monitored some of the coverage lately and observes:
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:
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.
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.

The difference between the surveillance story and the Russian-hacking narrative is that one has legs, and the other appears not to.

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