Mainstream media types have been cheering and giggling in the last 24 hours or so, saying the House Intelligence Committee hearings about Russia’s intervention in Campaign 2016 affairs has been nothing but a smack-down of White House statements — but truth is, Barack Obama’s reputation, not President Donald Trump’s, took the greater dings.
For instance, the FBI’s James Comey and the National Security Agency’s Michael Rogers both stated at Monday’s hearing they did not have evidence of Obama wiretapping Trump Tower, as claimed by the White House, and by Trump himself, on Twitter. But this is not new.
Both agencies already said that within their respective agencies, there was no evidence of Obama-fueled wiretapping of Trump Tower.
Still, the media’s taken that doubling down of previously publicly stated claims and run with it as if it’s proof positive of the craziness of Trump.
But you know what was new at the hearing — and what should be weaving through the press right now?
This, as Breitbart noted:
“There was only one new revelation at the hearing, and it was a bombshell: senior Obama administration officials could have known the identities of surveillance targets.
“One of those targets, retired General Michael Flynn, lost his job after it was revealed that his conversation with the Russian ambassador had been monitored, and that he had discussed sanctions relief, contrary to his early private an public claims.
“Yet Flynn’s identity was never supposed to have been revealed. The surveillance of the Russian ambassador, routine though it may have been, yielded classified information, and the identity of any U.S. citizen swept up in it should have been redacted.
“But Flynn’s name was unmasked and leaked to the media. Moreover, the New York Times reported on Jan. 19 — with a front-page, top-of-the-fold headline on Inauguration Day — that ‘intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.’ And the Times also reported in February that surveillance of Trump aides suspected of ties with Russia had been disseminated widely throughout the government, without privacy protections, by order of the lame duck Obama administration under newly-relaxed NSA rules, which the Times had already reported earlier in January.
“Monday’s hearing ‘debunked’ Trump’s wiretapping tweets, but left his underlying claim intact: that there was surveillance of the Trump campaign; that the results were shared throughout the government — even possibly reaching the Obama White House; and that intelligence was leaked, illegally, to the mainstream media.”
It’s the leaking of classified information that’s the bigger story here, people. And on that, Trump’s been calling the shots for months, telling America that in no uncertain terms, U.S. intel needs to tighten up on its political bias — and tighten up on its sieve of a system.
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