Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Curiouser and curiouser

The Buzzfeed story purporting to show that the Russians have some dirt on Donald Trump continues to fall apart. The latest development features statements from Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper:
"I emphasized that this document is not a U.S. Intelligence Community product and that I do not believe the leaks came from within the IC. The IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions," Clapper said in a statement. "I expressed my profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press, and we both agreed that they are extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security," Clapper added.


Holding My Nose said...

Here's betting that the leaks will continue. The IC is out to get Trump for their LibDem masters.

RebeccaH said...

Corrosive and damaging is exactly the point. The Democrat bureaucracy (which is to say all of the bureaucracy) are out to get revenge for their very public and very humiliating spanking by Donald Trump and his basket of deplorables.

Veeshir said...

I'm waiting for the articles on how Russians had a lot of dirt on Hillary, like receipts for the bribes Tsar Putin I paid both Bill and Hillary.

You got it Rebecca, and they don't care how much damage they do to America in the process.

I used to only hate Yassir Arafat, hate is just too strong an emotion for some things, but I'm beginning to really hate our whole leftist/'elitist' establishment because they care not for how much damage they're doing in their quest for power over me.

bruce said...

As someone who accepted the Bush administration's explanations about Saddam's WMD, which Clapper was apparently largely responsible for, I'm not feeling very inclined to trust him on anything.

Oh and thanks Obama for bringing him back. Great move: surround yourself with weirdos who wouldn't have a job without you, but make you look good in contrast. Oba-machiavellianism!

bruce said...

PS As a foreigner I may have misconstrued Clapper. But at best he represents the 'Intel' old guard who believed they could see much more in satellite images than they often actually could, and got away with it because of Cold War 'iron curtains'. (I'm thinking of Colin Powell's WMD presentation in about 2002.)

We now know this because in the last decade we all acquired google satellite images of almost everywhere and can compare them with ground reality. I think 'Intel' could benefit from much more proof, and that probabilities can be worse than useless, as we have recently seen with leaked reports.

Deborah said...

The red flag in the Buzzfeed story should have been that there is no way to substantiate the information. They admitted it.

Who pays Buzzfeed? Bet no one here needs to phone a friend.