Nunes Memo – Colossal blow to US national security, say FBI and CIA veterans

Donald Trump, Carter Page, Devin Nunes (Source: BBC, Getty Images)

Donald Trump, Carter Page, Devin Nunes (Source: BBC, Getty Images) 

Analysis & Opinion

On February 2, the US House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee released a declassified memorandum which accuses the FBI and the Justice Department of bias against President Donald Trump. Specifically, the document disputes the legality of the FBI obtaining a FISA counter-intelligence surveillance warrant on Trump adviser Carter Page on October 21, 2016. According to the text of the memorandum, the basis for obtaining the warrant was information from the Trump-Russia dossier, compiled by British intelligence veteran Christopher Steele. Republicans claim that the dossier was created at the request of Trump’s opponent in the presidential election, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton. Trump approved the memo’s declassification and publication without redactions, in defiance of warnings from his own hand-picked FBI director Christopher Wray.

Most national security experts seem to agree that the “memo” is nothing more than an attempt to discredit the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, conducted by the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller. Widely respected Republican Senator John McCain issued the following statement:

“The latest attacks against the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests ― no party’s, no President’s, only Putin’s. The American people deserve to know all the facts surrounding Russia’s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation must proceed unimpeded. Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the lens of politics and manufacturing political sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.” – John McCain

Former FBI Director James Comey tweeted:

“That’s it? Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen. For what? DOJ & FBI must keep doing their jobs.” – James Comey

Veteran members of the intelligence community agree with the former FBI director. Myron Fuller, 31-year veteran of the FBI’s Organized Crime Division, told Euromaidan Press:

“The President has decided to unilaterally publicize sensitive information not because it is crucial for national security, but only for his own politically-motivated benefit. Trump has broken the cardinal rule of intelligence protection, that the White House not declassify anything without the approval of the Intel Community. Trump did this because he is trying to prove a conspiracy theory that the Department of Justice and the FBI are part of some ‘deep state’ plotting a coup against him.”  – Myron Fuller

Andrew Bringuel, 27-year veteran of the FBI, stated:

“The released memo does nothing expect tell the world that an informant was paid by the FBI. Many people only agree to cooperate with the FBI because they are assured their identity will never be revealed. The memo greatly damages US national security as a whole, not just the Bureau. It damages the ability of agents to recruit sources and to gain their trust. It makes it harder to cultivate informants, harder to infiltrate criminal groups, and carry out investigations. The FBI could lose the public’s trust altogether after this. This is what happens when people put political party loyalty above allegiance to their country.”  – Andrew Bringuel

Members of the CIA also agree with these FBI veterans. Former senior officer John Sipher, with almost 30 years of experience with the CIA, told Euromaidan Press:

“Our credibility is being damaged. It’s critically important to build trust with partners. Because of the release of this memo, we are now seen as unreliable and untrustworthy.”  –  John Sipher

Translated by: Paula Chertok
Source: SlavicSac.com

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  • zorbatheturk

    Putin has his puppet Trump dangling on a very long string.

  • Микола Данчук

    Is this the beginning of a Trump Banana Republic curated by Putin?
    Have the Republicans surrendered all semblance of leadership to follow Trump down the rabbit hole?
    Does Trump understand his “treason” accusation of the Democrats?
    This is no leader of the free world!

    • RedSquareMaidan

      You are ignorung, as this article did, that the only collusion with RuSSians in the campaigns was with Hillary.

      • Микола Данчук

        Isn’t it great that we can all believe in whatever makes us happy?
        Makes me want to cry.

  • Oknemfrod

    “we are now seen as unreliable and untrustworthy”

    If they want to be seen as reliable and trustworthy, they shouldn’t lie to FISA court judges either directly or by omission in order to obtain a warrant to illegally spy on a US citizen; and they shouldn’t then try to sweep the fact that they’ve lied under the rug. I’ve read the “memo” in its entirely, and there’s not a shred of anything in it that can be considered worthy to be classified even remotely.

    There’s nothing more dangerous to any country than corrupt and non-transparent intelligence services whose members are politically invested and get what they want by going around the laws they’re supposed to abide by more than anyone else. It’s enough to take a brief look at Russia to understand what eventually happens when such malfeasance goes on unchecked.

    • RedSquareMaidan

      Nice post Oknemfrod. Some people seem to think it’s ok to lie to the FISA judge as long as you’re from the “correct” political party. This has the scent of KGB too.

      • Oknemfrod

        Yes. And that’s the scary part of it. Here we have a clear-cut case of intelligence officers doubling as political operatives. I don’t give it a horse squeeze whose side they personally support: Their sacred duty is to be as politically blind as Themis and do their job in strict accordance with the law and its codified procedure.