FBI/DOJ/Obama Admin using the Washington Compost for CYA Purposes – New Article on how the FBI passed information to Christopher Steele

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So it must be getting serious now. The Washington Compost has come out with an article describing how an FBI agent shared information about their investigation into the Trump campaign with Christopher Steele in October 2016. Trying to explain how Christopher Steele/Fusion GPS knew about the Australian diplomat?
Report: FBI Agent Shared Russia Probe Information With Christopher Steele
An FBI agent shared the name of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos with Trump dossier author Christopher Steele during a meeting in early October 2016.
That new bit of information was revealed in a column published Wednesday by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.

Wonder who this senior FBI official was who met with Steele in Rome?

REPORT: Senior FBI Official Shared ‘Russian Probe’ Intel With Dossier Author Christopher Steele

It turns out an FBI agent revealed the name of Trump campaign volunteer, George Papadopoulos to Christopher Steele on October 1st, 2016 during a meeting in Rome, according to this report.
Steele had never heard of Papadopoulos. Why is the FBI sharing intel with a former British spy about an ongoing investigation?

Oh but I’m so sure this was the first time Steele and this senior FBI agent exchanged information about the investigation right?
For a very interesting theory, check out this excellent article at The Conservative Treehouse:
The Democrats Have a “Dossier” Problem, and It Will Not Go Away…
Let me put it this way, in the form of a question:
The Steele Dossier is the “least bad” option to justify the origin of the DOJ/FBI “Trump Operation”. However, what if the Steele Dossier is the finished product of the DOJ/FBI “Trump Operation”, not the beginning of an investigation?
What I mean by that is… our research indicates the “dossier” information is likely a fabricated story woven from loosely connected factual evidence derived from DOJ/FBI unlawful FISA-702 query use, and not vice-versa.
That is to say… The information within the dossier came from early 2016 FISA-702 abuses by contractors working for the FBI. It appears from the fact pattern that elements from the FISA-702 queries generated intelligence bytes that were later laundered by Christopher Steele and became elements within his completed intelligence ‘dossier’.
The “Dossier” did not precede the FBI’s FISA-702(16)(17) surveillance applications to the FISA Court; the Dossier was actually constructed from previous unauthorized FISA-702 queries. A self-fulfilling intelligence prophecy per se’.

Why is the IC hitting back hard against Robert Mueller’s team outcome, by releasing damaging information about those who have participated inside the Mueller investigation? Who is punching back?
It’s not the media. This is insider justice stuff.
This part of the intelligence community is transparently pissed off. They keep striking out pummeling the Mueller team. Why? Who are they? And they don’t let up…
Whoever *they* are, inside this IC writ large, is not just hitting out – they are naming names. They’ve named: Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew “Andy” McCabe, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, Glenn Simpson, and they don’t let up.

Who could this senior FBI agent be?
Steele’s main FBI connection was a senior agent he had met in 2010, when he shared information about corruption in the international soccer federation known as FIFA. Steele, who had retired from MI6 the year before, had been retained as a private investigator by the Football Association in England. His FBI contact was involved in international organized-crime investigations. The FIFA investigation helped bring Justice Department indictments in 2015 that toppled the organization’s leadership.
Let’s take a closer look at the author of the Washington Compost article: David Ignatius.
Interesting blog piece here regarding him and his connection to Flynn’s firing:
But I wanted to point out something that has been puzzling me: David Ignatius’ curious role in the events leading up to the forced resignation of Mike Flynn as President Trump’s National Security Adviser.
After all, Ignatius set off the events with this article. The article included two curious details. First, in an update to the story, Ignatius stated as fact that the Russian plane carrying a military choir to Syria had been shot down.
This official later added that Flynn’s initial call was to express condolences to Kislyak after the terrorist killing of the Russian ambassador to Ankara Dec. 19, and that Flynn made a second call Dec. 28 to express condolences for the shoot-down of a Russian plane carrying a choir to Syria.

While Ignatius’ report is mentioned in a WaPo timeline of these events, he’s not bylined in either of the two big bombshells from WaPo on this, even though up to seven journalists are mentioned.
There are two obvious explanations. First, that Ignatius’ column, which serves as a mouthpiece for the IC (and especially CIA), is not generally treated in the same way other journalism at the WaPo is. And possibly, specifically in this case, if that reference were treated as reporting rather than speculation, it might lead Trump’s leak investigation back to the source that kicked off this leak fest. But by posing it as speculative questioning, it protects that original source.

So isn’t it odd that the person who first reported on the phone call between Flynn and the Russian Ambassador is now the “journalist” dropping the details of the meetings between a senior FBI official and Christopher Steele like it’s nothing new? Just where does Mr. Ignatius get his information?
Jan. 12, 2017: Washington Post’s David Ignatius first reports Flynn and Russian ambassador spoke by phone
REPORT: FBI Officials SHARED Russian Intel with ‘Trump Dossier’ Author

A bombshell report by the Washington Post reveals a senior FBI agent shared information regarding the bureau’s ongoing Russian probe with ‘Trump Dossier’ author Christopher Steele, unveiling the identity of Trump associates in October of 2016.
This Defense Of FBI’s Handling Of The Steele Dossier Is One Of The Weakest Yet
It’s not terribly impressive to destroy a straw man. It’s even less impressive when you attack a straw man and fail to destroy it.
That’s what David Ignatius failed to do in his recent Washington Post opinion article headlined “The truth about the FBI’s Russia probe.” He tells a story about the agency’s use of a Hillary Clinton-funded opposition research document known as a dossier that he says exonerates the FBI and makes its critics look bad.
‘Info Suggests Documents Catastrophically Bad For Dems’: Leaks Dry Up After Adam Schiff Reviews FISA Abuse Proof
Per the reporting, the vote was along party lines. Now why didn’t the Democrats want the entire House membership to view the documents:
Let The Leaking Begin=> House Intel Panel Quietly Votes To Release Proof of FISA Program Abuse To Congress
h/t Daniel Higdon

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