Russia

The CIA Extracted a Spy From Russia Because of Trump

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

As you could undoubtedly never forget, Trump shared classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak when they visited the White House in 2017 (pictured above) and that meeting alarmed more than just the public.

According to a new report from CNN, American intelligence believed Trump posed a great enough threat to their sources that they extracting a spy from Moscow as a precaution.

The removal happened at a time of wide concern in the intelligence community about mishandling of intelligence by Trump and his administration. Those concerns were described to CNN by five sources who served in the Trump administration, intelligence agencies and Congress.

Those concerns continued to grow in the period after Trump's Oval Office meeting with Kislyak and Lavrov. Weeks after the decision to extract the spy, in July 2017, Trump met privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Hamburg and took the unusual step of confiscating the interpreter's notes. Afterward, intelligence officials again expressed concern that the President may have improperly discussed classified intelligence with Russia, according to an intelligence source with knowledge of the intelligence community's response to the Trump-Putin meeting.

Knowledge of the Russian covert source's existence was highly restricted within the US government and intelligence agencies. According to one source, there was "no equal alternative" inside the Russian government, providing both insight and information on Putin.

Trump and his lackeys have already attacked CNN for reporting this and while I do not doubt the details of CNN's report, I believe the veracity of the report will be confirmed in the near future when Trump turns his attention toward Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo was the director of the CIA when this happened meaning he made the decision to extract the spy from Moscow.

Everything we know about Trump tells us he would never accept responsibility for his own actions and, at least privately, he'll probably attack Pompeo for making the original decision and for CNN's reporting of it. A fallout between the two of them may not be too far ahead of us.

The next time Trump needs a fall guy for another foreign policy blunder, Pompeo is on deck.

  • Badgerite

    Well this improves my opinion of Pompeo. Somewhat at least. But the whole gop is complicit at this point. They need to go to restore this country’s security if for no other reason.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump didn’t just burn a Russian source. He burned a Russian source close enough to provide “insight and information” on Vladimir Putin.

    It’s not treason—we’re not (officially) at war with Russia, although Russia might have a different opinion on that—but it comes damn’ close.

    I don’t know who will be next in Trump’s crosshairs: Mike Pompeo or Craig McLean (Acting Chief Scientist at NOAA) for backing NOAA scientists over Trump. Were i a wagering man, my money would be on McLean: not kowtowing to the White House’s political arm is a fresh insult, while Pompeo extracting a source happened a couple of years ago. Not to worry, though, Trump will get to Pompeo eventually.

    (As ever, that photo is truly pitiful, Trump looking like a bewildered third-grader being bullied by a couple of fifth-graders, and asking, “Why are you laughing? What’s so funny? Aw, c’mon guys, let me in on the joke!”)

    –alopecia

    • Badgerite

      This photo always stands out to me. You want proof as to who Putin wanted in the Oval Office. Just look at this picture and tell me he isn’t Putin’s Puppet with a straight face.

  • Aynwrong

    Just as I have said about the FBI and it’s agents, I hope the men and women of the CIA, agents and otherwise, remember for a good long time which political party went so far out of it’s way to enable every single inch of this. I hope it haunts them every November.

    I hope it burns.

    • Christopher Foxx

      If they stay true to form, any that are Republicans will continue to deny any Republican president has done anything wrong.

  • Georgie

    “The KH-11 satellites are classified, and so is imagery from these
    satellites. If an adversary gets her hands on KH-11 imagery, it reveals
    information about the optical capacities of these space assets,” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/34734bd0cc59fd252087880ed38c2d829d2db7033fb3c7f769789319ea3b0654.jpg
    Nothing this jackass does surprises me anymore.

  • Draxiar

    It’s been reported that the IC withholds information from trump for the country’s protection. I suspect they also do things bypassing the top level in the chain of command in order to keep information from getting to those loyal to trump.