Trump Never Briefed On Unvetted Russian Bounty Intel Because NSA "Strongly Dissented"

Trump Never Briefed On Unvetted Russian Bounty Intel Because NSA “Strongly Dissented”

July 1, 2020   |   by James G. Dalton

On Tuesday, the same day that Joe Biden finally emerged to hold his first press conference in 89 days in order to lash out at what he called Trump’s “dereliction of duty” over the NY Times Russian bounties for Taliban militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan story, The Wall Street Journal issued this bombshell:

The National Security Agency strongly dissented from other intelligence agencies’ assessment that Russia paid bounties for the killing of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, according to people familiar with the matter.

The disclosure of the dissent by the NSA, which specializes in electronic eavesdropping, comes as the White House has played down the revelations, saying that the information wasn’t verified and that intelligence officials didn’t agree on it.

As we noted before, it appears a return this week to mainstream media’s prior years of near daily breathless Russiagate reporting, with “anonymous intelligence sources” issuing new leaks of unvetted raw intel to the press.

The WSJ points out that it was primarily the NSA’s firm dissent that kept the Russian bounties allegation out of the president’s daily briefing  which both further confirms the White House’s denials of the initial Friday Times reporting, as well as contradicts the NYT “revelation” itself.

Because of that [NSA dissent], President Trump was never personally briefed on the threat, the White House said, although a key lawmaker said the information apparently was included in written intelligence materials prepared for Mr. Trump,” WSJ underscores.

No details were given as to precisely how the NSA differed in its assessment of the Russian bounty allegations. For those keeping score, this marks the third major formal distancing from the substance of the NYT reporting by US intelligence agencies and intel community leadership.

Also recall this isn’t the first instance of significant NSA pushback concerning explosive charges aimed at Russia:

On Saturday Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said in a statement that he had “confirmed that neither the President nor the Vice President were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting.” 

CIA Director Gina Haspel also appeared to vindicate the White House’s assertion of lack of credible intelligence behind it in a Monday statement. Essentially the CIA director seemed to reference the danger of “cherry-picking” from lower level unvetted raw information.“When developing intelligence assessments, initial tactical reports often require additional collection and validation,” Haspel said.

Leaks compromise and disrupt the critical interagency work to collect, assess, and ascribe culpability,” she added, strongly suggesting that indeed there was not enough to go on concerning the Russian bounty allegations for it to rise to the level of the commander-in-chief. In actually this was further a CIA condemnation of the “anonymous” leakers out of which the whole narrative was spun.

via zerohedge

Recent Comments

  1. John Mathews

    July 1, 2020 @ 12:40 pm

    The Democrats are traitors and a disgrace to our country. They lie continuously. You can trust nothing they say. They hate the police officers our country and our milatary. They do nothing but take up space. Trying to destroy our country

  2. Steven Pike

    July 1, 2020 @ 12:56 pm

    “Leaks compromise and disrupt the critical interagency work to collect, assess, and ascribe culpability,”
    Looks as if that is what happened here. Swamp dwelling leakers undercut their own mission in their desperate need to attack Trump. Perhaps if the “anonymous” sources were identified and sent to jail, the leaks would slow down and do less damage.

    • Theresa Rosebush

      July 1, 2020 @ 1:50 pm

      I just don’t get why important briefings to the Pres and VP are not given to them immediatley why this crap news media knows before they do and why would this be leaked to the pressfirst and Joe Biden
      Alreadyy made comments the far left and democrats are the fault what are they idiots enough with this cowards know they won’t win these tactics are coming to destroy Trump and all they accomplished they just put themselves into the sewer disgusting politics !

  3. Kay

    July 1, 2020 @ 1:31 pm

    The news media has become nothing but a rag mag only they are more than willing to risk our men and women wearing uniforms lives to get at President Trump. They, like the liberal democrats in office, do not care how many fatalities they create, what kind of danger they put our nation in as long as they can get at our President. They are traitors of the worse kind. They pretend they care when they knowingly post security info just to undermine an elected president. They are a danger to our nation and need to be held accountable for their actions.

  4. Walter Treuthardt

    July 1, 2020 @ 4:57 pm

    Once again I ask: What the hell are we going to do about.
    Continuing to piss and moan has not done a damn thing but the left keeps truckin’ along….

  5. Terry

    July 2, 2020 @ 1:56 am

    They’re fabricating “news” in desperation to become solvent.

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