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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Those Who Leaked Classified Information Should Be Convicted Of Sedition And Jailed For Life

Former Obama Official: Intelligence Community Raced To Pump Out Classified Info About Trump Team

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty ImagesEvelyn Farkas
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While the media fulminates over supposed connections between the Trump
 Team and the Russian government, the only scandal of which we have
 real evidence – members of the Obama intelligence community leaking
classified information about American citizens – continues apace.
And the media don’t seem to care.
Evelyn Farkas, deputy assistant secretary of defense under President
 Obama said on March 2 on MSNBC that she was telling members of
the intelligence community as well as Democrats in Congress to gather
as much information as possible on the Trump transition team.
She explained:
I was urging my former colleagues and, frankly speaking, the

people on the Hill, it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill

people, get as much information as you can, get as much

intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves the administration. Because I had a fear that somehow that

information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people

who left, so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy ...

that the Trump folks – if they found out how we knew what

we knew about their ... the Trump staff dealing with Russians –

that they would try to compromise those sources and methods,

meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence….So

I became very worried because not enough was coming out

into the open and I knew that there was more. We have

very good intelligence on Russia. So then I had talked to

some of my former colleagues and I knew that they were trying

to also help get information to the Hill.
In other words, there’s a hint here that Team Trump may have been targeted
 by Obama intelligence officials specifically; there’s definitive testimony here
 that the Obama team tried to distribute material on Team Trump as widely
 as possible, likely leading to the outing of National Security Advisor Mike Flynn's
 conversations with the Russian Ambassador and then his firing.
This squares with reporting from The New York Times the day before
 Farkas’ appearance that, “In the Obama administration’s last days,
some White House officials scrambled to spread information about
Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about
possible contacts between associates of President-elect
 Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government.
Former American officials say they had two aims: to ensure that
 such meddling isn’t duplicated in future American or European elections,
 and to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators.”
It’s not illegal for intelligence officials to do that. It is illegal for intelligence
officials to unmask American citizens needlessly, or to disseminate such
information to the press. Yet somehow The Washington Post’s David
 Ignatius ended up with such information in January prior to Trump’s
 inauguration, quoting a “senior US government official” who said “Flynn
 phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on
December 29…” How did he get that information?
Trump has always been right about the danger of intelligence community
 leaks. He’s slathered that real scandal in the evidence-less stupidity that
 he was personally wiretapped at Barack Obama’s behest. But just
because Trump’s twitter feed is filled with gossipy silliness doesn’t mean
 that the media have a right to ignore the burning scandal of intelligence
 coordination to damage the Trump White House.