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Friday, April 21, 2017

Did U.S. Officials Compromise a Human Intelligence Source in Russia to Attack Trump?

SCI HUMINT Graphic. © Paul Hair, 2017.
Reuters reported an exclusive story on April 19 alleging that American officials told it that the U.S. government obtained documents from a Russian think tank that showed how the Russian government wanted to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. If this is true, then the American officials have disclosed classified information without authorization. Furthermore, they may have compromised one or more human intelligence sources in Russia. And the lives of those sources may now be in danger.

The Reuters article is of suspect accuracy at best. Large media outlets have repeatedly proven that they are unreliable sources more interested in advancing the progressive agenda than reporting news. However, if this story is accurate, then U.S. counterintelligence should be hunting for these officials and investigating whether they compromised human intelligence (HUMINT) assets the U.S. has in Russia. The key portions of the article are as follows.

A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters.
They described two confidential documents from the think tank as providing the framework and rationale for what U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded was an intensive effort by Russia to interfere with the Nov. 8 election. U.S. intelligence officials acquired the documents, which were prepared by the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies [en.riss.ru/], after the election. . . .
The first Russian institute document was a strategy paper written last June that circulated at the highest levels of the Russian government but was not addressed to any specific individuals. . . .
The current and former U.S. officials spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the Russian documents’ classified status. They declined to discuss how the United States obtained them. U.S. intelligence agencies also declined to comment on them.

So Reuters claims its sources are illegally giving it classified intelligence. That is enough to start a CI investigation. The article also states the alleged officials won’t disclose how they collected that intelligence. But based on what they said, it hints at human intelligence sources. And that should make the CI investigation a top priority.

Specifically, the claims that the documents originated from a think tank and then circulated at the highest levels of government suggest that the U.S. has someone in the think tank (or Russian government) who collected that intelligence. There are other ways the U.S. could have collected it (if it even exists). But the phrasing is enough to suggest that it was collected via HUMINT.

Human intelligence is among the most sensitive types of intelligence because of the threat to the lives of those who provide it. If U.S. officials are leaking HUMINT they are gravely endangering those lives. (Their alleged comments in the Reuters article may have already alerted the Russians to start a search for a spy within their ranks.) And even if they aren’t leaking HUMINT, if officials are leaking intelligence of any kind they are violating the law. U.S. counterintelligence needs to investigate this story and found out what is going on.

The propaganda organs of the Ruling Class are talking about how the CIA supposedly is searching for a subversive within its ranks. If such a search exists, the intelligence community as a whole needs to expand on it. The seeming flood of intelligence leaks from former and current U.S. officials to the media suggests that there are a lot of subversives within the U.S. government. And the IC needs to find these people and stop them from undermining America.

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