Seriously, this is about as stupid as Hillary Clinton and her staff continue to have security clearance even though they are not part of America’s government! Former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper continue to possess security clearance in our government despite the fact that they no longer work for the people of the united States. Rather, they are being contracted by the enemies of the American people in the media, CNN and MSNBC.
According to investigative journalist Sara Carter, the issue of CNN hiring someone like James Clapper, who leaked the now debunked and Clinton campaign funded dossier that was used to get a FISA warrant to surveil members of the Trump campaign raises serious ethical questions.
“I wonder if CNN should have disclosed its source was Clapper since they now contract him as a paid analyst? Seems like an ethical problem to pay your sources for unverified information,” she tweeted.
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) April 29, 2018
Carter wrote questioning the ethics of CNN regarding hiring Clapper.
CNN walked away with a prestigious journalism award at Saturday night’s White House Correspondent’s Association dinner for their role in making public a briefing by intelligence officials to then President-elect Donald Trump. CNN reported the briefing “included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.” But the information briefed to the President was also leaked to the media by one of the same senior Obama administration officials who orchestrated the briefing and was hired by CNN months later as a paid analyst.
Some are questioning now if this was ethical –a pay for play of sorts –as it raises serious questions about the role and responsibility that U.S. intelligence officials have when taking on paid positions as analysts for news organizations, while still retaining their high-level security clearances. It also raises similar questions about news organizations and their role of remaining objective and not paying their sources.
Reporters Jake Tapper, Jim Sciutto, Evan Perez and Carl Bernstein won the Merriman Smith Award for their broadcast work and reporting on the dossier. But as first reported here it was former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who was suspected by Congress of leaking the information to CNN, after he asked now fired FBI Director James Comey to give Trump the private briefing on Jan. 6, 2017.
By August 2017, Clapper was hired by CNN as an analyst but the network never disclosed that Clapper was a major source behind the leak of an unproven and salacious dossier when he joined the network. News agencies and reporters never disclose their sources, it would be unethical, but isn’t it also unethical to pay sources for information or give sources jobs as analysts for your news outlet after they’ve been illegally leaking classified information?
However, she didn’t stop with Clapper. No, Carter then went on to expose Brennan, as well.
Brennan, who is now a paid analyst for MSNBC, candidly expresses his anti-Trump opinions in public venues and continues to drop insults along with vague and ominous premonitions about the President, while refusing to show any evidence that the Russian’s possess blackmail material or that the Trump campaign was “colluding” with the Russians to win the presidency. The House Intelligence Committee has found no evidence of collusion after more than 15 months of investigation.
Mr. Trump: Your hypocrisy knows no bounds. Jim Clapper is a man of integrity, honesty, ethics, & morality. You are not. Jim Clapper served his country for over a half century, including in Vietnam. You did not. By your words & behavior, you diminish the Office of the Presidency. https://t.co/bYlmZInDoM
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) April 28, 2018
The FBI, CIA, DNI, among other intelligence agencies, are supposed to work to protect the American people in a non-partisan matter, and current U.S. intelligence officials say the direction these former officials have taken is dangerous.
Former Assistant FBI Director James Kallstrom criticized Brennan and Clapper in an interview Sunday on Fox News Sunday Morning Features with Maria Bartiromo saying there is “no doubt there is a cabal – to diminish his (Trump’s) ability to manage the country.”
Kallstrom said people in the United States should be concerned and react to this, “this is third world country stuff.”
Many current and former U.S. intelligence officials agree.
“Clapper was already in bed with CNN months before he was hired and while he was the DNI,” said a current U.S. intelligence official. “It’s unbelievable that a senior official would leak this type of disinformation to destroy an incoming president. If it would have been anyone else, he’d be prosecuted. Instead, they get a high paid position to the company they leaked to and retain their security clearance. Banana Republic?”
Responding to Carter’s tweet above, Mary Beth Long, a defense analyst and the first woman to serve as an Assistant Secretary of Defense from 2007 to 2009, asked, “I also understand #Clapper and #Brennan still have access to intel. Is that appropriate for two now “journalists”? Particularly two who are so publicly critical of the Administration? And in view of the handling of the dossier? And leaks?”
It’s clear that it’s not appropriate. These men are criminals in their own right. Remember, not only was Brennan appointed as the first assassination czar by Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah but was later positioned as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency. He clearly has a conflict of interest here in providing disinformation.
Brennan, a stooge for Islamic jihadis, has called for a coup of President Trump if special counsel Robert Mueller is fired. This is coming from a man who has to know that the entire staging of the dossier was a fabrication, and yet, not only does he still have security clearance, but is allowed to be contracted by the Marxists at MSNBC to put out disinformation on the Trump administration.
As for Clapper, he lied to Congress about the dossier.
Once people leave public service, if you can even call it that for men like Brennan and Clapper, they should be relieved of their security clearance and it should be made known to the public when they are hired by media outlets as talking heads.
Courtesy of The Free Thought Project
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