Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Magenta Alert! Magenta Alert!

After The Washington Post dropped a bombshell Monday afternoon asserting President Trump had leaked classified information to Russia’s foreign minister and its tub of lard ambassador, National Security Director H.R. McMaster emphatically stated the story the paper had published was patently false.

Just before McMaster emerged from the White House to speak at the “stake out” location, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Deputy National Security for Strategy Advisor Dina Powell, who were in the Oval Office during the meeting, had denied the accuracy of the Post’s story.  Additionally, the Office of the Russian Foreign Ministry also called the reporting false.

Tuesday at 11:30 AM, McMaster held a press briefing to take back the narrative from the paper asserting President Trump did not jeopardize assets by revealing highly sensitive information adding that Trump did not know where the Intel came from.

"The president in no way undermined sources or methods in the course of this conversation,” he said adding the information could be found in “open-source reporting.”

“I think the real issue, and what I would like to see debated more, is that our national security has been put at risk by those violating confidentiality.  I think national security is put at risk by this leak and leaks like this.  It’s incumbent on all of us to bring in the people with the right mandate and the right authorities to take a look at how this leak occurred and how other breaches may have occurred as well," McMaster said.
Not satisfied with the raft of explanations from senior White House officials, attacks from lifelong bureaucrats and Obama-era holdovers worked another angle on the revelation:  Trump discussed information about ISIS that came from a key US partner on the condition it not be shared with our other allies claiming it could put those sources at risk and alienate them.

That source had not been identified until The New York Times (competing desperately for clicks) blabbed the source was Israel.

Seems the Israelis didn’t feel the least bit alienated after all.  Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the US said in a statement, “Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump.”

I’m revealing my age here, but this whole thing about Trump and the Rooskies reminds me of the 1960’s sitcom Get Smart.

“Gentlemen, as of this moment, all members of C.O.N.T.R.O.L are on Magenta Alert.” 

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