by Pamela Williams
Lets see how McCarthy sees it.
The vaporous assertion that Putin’s regime was up to “espionage” and “covert ops” in order to “denigrate” Mrs. Clinton might naturally be presumed to imply that Putin was promoting smears. Such an impression — if that’s what the agencies were aiming to create — would have been contradicted by mentioning “Podesta,” as in John Podesta, the top Obama White House and Clinton-campaign official whose private e-mails were hacked. To bring up Podesta might remind the public that this was not a disinformation campaign. What was revealed here was true information that Podesta and his correspondents would understandably have preferred to keep private.
As President Obama likes to say, let me be clear. I am not endorsing hacking, cyber-theft, and the publication of private information. Unlike some conservatives now infatuated with scoundrels like Julian Assange (and even Putin!), I continue to regard enemies of the United States as, well, enemies of the United States. They are not to be trusted, regardless of whose ox they happen to be goring as their allegiances and calculations twist and turn.
My point is that Putin did not plant a slanderous story that top Clinton aides were, say, spouting anti-Catholic bigotry. What he did was orchestrate the release of authentic e-mails, in one of which top Clinton aides were in fact spouting anti-Catholic bigotry.
QUOTED FROM THE EMAIL IN QUESTION :
The Hillreports that in the 2011 exchange, a fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, John Halpin, sent an email to Podesta and Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri about Rupert Murdoch.
“Friggin’ Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus,” Halpin wrote. “Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic from the SC and think tanks to the media and social groups.”
“It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith,” Halpin continued. “They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.”
Palmieri responded while Podesta stayed silent.
“I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion,” Palmieri wrote. “Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”
The Catholic League lambasted the email comments.
We can clearly understand why the Intelligence Report refrained from mentioning “Podesta”, but to be fair, they cannot have their cake and eat it, too. They cannot expect us to believe and trust them, when they clearly are scheming against us. I do believe the Report was curtailed to meet their agenda. None of us should be surprised by this.
We should further remind ourselves of the following:
Here, we are talking about a community whose own analysts have complained that their superiors distort their reports for political purposes. In just the past few years, they have told us that they had “high confidence” that Iran suspended its nuclear weapons programs in 2003; that the NSA was not collecting metadata on millions of Americans; and that the Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate, “largely secular” organization. We have learned that the Obama administration intentionally perpetrated a disinformation campaign — complete with a compliant media “echo chamber” — to sell the public on the Iran nuclear deal (and the fiction that Iran’s regime was moderating). We have seen U.S. intelligence and law enforcement complicit in the Obama administration’s schemes to convince the public that “violent extremism,” not radical Islam, is the explanation for terrorist attacks; that a jihadist mass-murder attack targeting soldiers about to deploy to Afghanistan was “workplace violence”; that al-Qaeda had been “decimated”; that the threat of the ISIS “jayvee” team was exaggerated; and that the Benghazi massacre was not really a terrorist attack but a “protest” gone awry over an anti-Muslim video.
In conclusion, you know what they say: “trust must be earned.” Unfortunately for the Intelligence Community, they have not earned that trust…at least not from me. They should amend the report by adding John Podesta to the Russian “to do list.” It is clear to see that some of the Podesta emails were the most notorious. Therefore, don’t hide them…it is too late for that…do they think we are really that forgetful?
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