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    EX-CIA OFFICIALS FUME ABOUT DECLASSIFICATION ORDER, IGNORING PREVIOUS LEAKS OF SECRET SOURCES AND METHODS
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    John Brennan and other intelligence community operatives are circling the wagons against President Donald Trump’s declassification directive, claiming that it could expose top-secret sources and methods used in the Trump-Russia probe.
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    But Brennan’s complaint may be misplaced given that virtually all of the significant leaks about sources and methods used in the investigation have been given to left-leaning news outlets.
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    In one case, FBI official Peter Strzok expressed concerns that the CIA was leaking inaccurate information about the intelligence gathered on Trump associates.
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    Former intelligence community officials, including former CIA director John Brennan, have expressed concern over President Donald Trump’s declassification order due the potential release of CIA sources and methods.
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    “The concern is that very, very precious source and methods of the United States intelligence community as well as our partners and allies abroad — those who share this sensitive information with us,” Brennan said on MSNBC on Friday.
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    But Brennan’s concern, which was echoed by other intelligence community veterans and TV pundits on Friday, may be misplaced.
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    Government officials who appear to not be allies of Trump have been behind countless leaks of classified information regarding sources, methods and investigative targets in the Trump-Russia probe. Some of the leaks have disclosed the existence of surveillance warrants and FBI informants used against the Trump campaign.
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    In one case, the FBI official who led the investigation into Russian interference, Peter Strzok, believed that the CIA was leaking highly classified assessments about Russia’s election-related activities to the press. (RELATED: Peter Strzok Suspected CIA Was Behind Inaccurate Media Leaks)
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    “I’m beginning to think the agency got info a lot earlier than we thought and hasn’t shared it completely with us. Might explain all these weird/seemingly incorrect leads all these media folks have. Would also highlight agency as source of some of the leaks,” Strzok wrote in a text message on April 13, 2017.
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    Strzok expressed similar concern in a text message months earlier.
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    “Think our sisters have begun leaking like mad. Scorned and worried and political, they’re kicking in to overdrive,” Strzok wrote on Dec. 15, 2016, a day after NBC News reported that the CIA believed that Vladimir Putin directed the computer hacks against Democrats.
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    The New York Times has since reported that a person close to Putin is the CIA’s lone source for the information about Putin. The Times reported on Friday that current and former intelligence community officials are concerned that the source (who the newspaper identified as a man) could be in danger because of Trump’s declassification order.
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    But there is no indication that Trump’s order will lead to the disclosure of top-secret sources, including those working inside the Kremlin.
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    On Thursday, Trump directed the heads of various intelligence community agencies, including the FBI and CIA, to provide materials to Attorney General William Barr as part of a review he is conducting of surveillance activities directed at the Trump campaign.
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    Barr has said that he believes that “spying” occurred against the Trump campaign, and that he is investigating whether it was legal or illegal.
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    Trump also granted Barr the authority to declassify documents as he sees fit. Brennan said Friday that he is concerned that Barr will release highly sensitive information in “willy nilly” fashion.
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    WATCH:
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    In addition to Brennan’s interview on MSNBC, former CIA and FBI officials, many of them who have been critical of Trump, laid out their concerns about declassification to Politico and The Washington Post.
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    The Times article which revealed new details of the CIA’s Kremlin source echoed those fears.
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    According to the Times, the source, who the CIA has cultivated for years, provided the information that Putin was behind the cyber attacks and social media disinformation activities during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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    Despite those concerns, neither Trump nor Republicans have pushed for declassification of information about CIA sources.
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    Emboldened by the special counsel’s report, which found no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, Republicans have also focused narrowly on information regarding U.S. agencies’ surveillance activities against Trump associates.
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    The FBI relied heavily on the infamous but unverified Steele dossier to obtain surveillance warrants against former Trump aide Carter Page. An FBI informant named Stefan Halper was also used to establish ties with Page and George Papadopoulos, another Trump campaign adviser.

    Halper worked with a government investigator who used the alias Azra Turk during meetings with Papadopoulos in London in September 2016. It is still unclear whether Turk was working for the FBI or another government agency. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: A London Meeting Before The Election Aroused George Papadopoulos’s Suspicions)
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    The identification of Halper and Turk’s work as government operatives highlights one irony in the argument made by Brennan & Co.
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    Though The Daily Caller News Foundation was the first to report details of Halper and Turk’s activities in March 2018, Halper was confirmed as an FBI informant by The New York Times and Washington Post two months later. Turk was identified as a government investigator by The Times on May 2.
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    The Times has published other articles that revealed sensitive details of U.S. intelligence gathering activities as part of the Trump-Russia probe. On Jan. 19, 2017, The Times reported that U.S. intelligence agencies were reviewing intercepted communications as part of the Trump-Russia probe. And on Feb. 14, 2017, the paper cited four current and former law enforcement officials who claimed that Trump associates had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence.
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    The Washington Post revealed in a bombshell report published on April 11, 2017, that the FBI had obtained surveillance warrants against Page. The existence of the warrants was considered top-secret information. The leak ultimately paved the way for the unprecedented declassification of significant portions of the Page surveillance warrants.
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    The Times also reported on Dec. 30, 2017 that an Australian diplomat was the source of the information about Papadopoulos that sparked the FBI’s counterintelligence probe of the Trump campaign. The information was considered highly classified source information.
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    Read More: https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/25/b..._campaign=push
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    My thoughts
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    The bottom line is; these intelligence agencies, Brennan, Clapper & Comey and other ex-directors of the FBI, CIA, NSA and DNI don’t want it to be known to have plotted against a duly elected President and are fearful of the repercussions they might receive when AG Barr opens everything up.
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    Brennan, Clapper lash out at Trump for declassifying 2016 election intel
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    Former CIA Director John Brennan and former DNI James Clapper blasted President Trump on Friday night for directing Attorney General William Barr to declassify documents related to the surveillance of his campaign during the 2016 election, calling it "outrageous."
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    "I see it as a very, very serious and outrageous move on the part of Mr. Trump, once again, trampling on the statutory authorities of the Director of National Intelligence and the heads of the independent intelligence agencies," Brennan told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. "And it's unclear to me what Mr. Barr is actually going to do. Is he investigating a crime? Well, what's the predication of that crime? Or he is just going to be looking for information... that Mr. Trump can just give to his defenders on the right and cherry-pick information that could be taken out of context?"
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    Brennan expressed concern about exposing "sources and methods" as well as the intelligence of "partners abroad."
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    "This is very serious and I know that my former colleagues in the intelligence agencies are looking upon this with great concern and worry," the former top Obama official stated.
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    He later said he hopes that DNI Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel will "stand up" to President Trump's "unprecedented act."
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    Brennan slammed President Trump on Twitter after the president shared a political cartoon mocking the former CIA Director, former DNI Clapper, and FBI Director James Comey.
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    "Young people everywhere: Please do not emulate Mr. Trump’s very immature behavior. Find others of honesty, integrity, & decency to be your role models," the MSNBC analyst tweeted. "And always try to do what you know is the right thing, even when doing what is right is both unpopular & difficult."
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    Meanwhile, Clapper told CNN's Anderson Cooper that the "bigger issue" is "what exactly is the scope" of the declassification, whether it involves all of Russia's interference in the election or just the counter-intelligence probe. He expressed similar concerns as Brennan regarding sources and methods being exposed and putting "people's lives at risk."
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    Clapper, now a CNN analyst, insisted that the infamous Steele dossier was not used as sourcing for the intelligence community assessment in January 2017.
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    Read More: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bre...BYbP_lpJiKVHVU
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    My Thoughts:
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    Shoe is on the other foot now! Worried now are we? It’s great to see those rotten bastards squirm! They know they’re going down!
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