[Breitbart] Senior Justice Department officials announced late Thursday criminal charges against Senate Intelligence Committee’s long-time director of security James Wolfe.
The indictment charges Wolfe with making false statements to the FBI and details how Wolfe passed classified information, including presumably information related to one-time Trump campaign aide Carter Page, to a series of media outlets, confirming long-standing suspicions of the career intelligence community’s complicity in leaks.
The three-count indictment charges Wolfe with separate instances of making false statements to the FBI, not directly charging him for leaking classified information, but appearing to detail how he did allegedly leaked classified information to reporters and then allegedly lied about it to the FBI.
The 11-page indictment does not name the reporters and does not name the person about whom classified information was leaked, but labels them as "Reporter #1," "Reporter #2," "Reporter #3," and "Reporter #4" as well as "MALE-1" respectively. It is presumed that "MALE-1" is Page, the ex-Trump aide, and "Reporter #2" is then-Buzzfeed News now New York Times reporter Ali Watkins.
Watkins broke the Carter Page angle of the "Russia investigation" back in April 2017 with a story called "A Former Trump Adviser Met With A Russian Spy." In it, Watkins claimed, "The revelation of Page’s connection to Russian intelligence ‐ which occurred more than three years before his association with Trump ‐ is the most clearly documented contact to date between Russian intelligence and someone in Trump’s orbit."
[Wash Times] Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Thursday he would make "unmasking" requests to reveal the identity of a U.S. citizen every "couple of weeks" during a more than six-year period.
His comments about unmasking were made to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, who asked about then-President Barack Obama’s U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power’s testimony in which she said other people had used her name to make unmasking requests.
Mr. Clapper said he did not know how that could happen, and that during his time as DNI director, he would make an unmasking request "once every couple of weeks, something like that, over the six and a half years."
"I’d come across reports that, and I felt, you know, that it was my duty to understand, my obligation as the director of national intelligence, to understand these interactions when U.S. persons were interacting with valid foreign intelligence targets, particularly Russians, our adversary," Mr. Clapper said.
Privacy advocates have continuously questioned the number of U.S. citizens who are unmasked by intelligence agencies through surveillance programs such as Section 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Act, which was just recently reauthorized.
Mr. Clapper also belittled former British spy Christopher Steele’s dossier, saying it was not an intelligence document as not all of it had been verified. In the interview with Mr. Hewitt, Mr. Clapper said it was never used as the sole reason to obtain a FISA warrant, which was an allegation made by some members of Congress.
China, you break it, you own it. If they need to invade, then let them die and be responsible for cleaning up the mess that invading NK would leave behind - casualties, 3rd world economy, starvation. And South Korea ready to gobble them up politically in "rescuing our northern brothers" actions.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.