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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 04 November 2018 - 08:50 PM

Falsehood Shames Clapper, Brennan And Pledge To Protect Whistleblowers

The Hill
By John Solomon, opinion contributor
11/04/18 06:00 AM EST

The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill

Excerpt:

In the summer of 2014, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper sent a letter assuring Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that enhanced monitoring of Intelligence Community workers was designed to find leakers and insider threats, and was not intended to thwart lawful whistleblowing.

Specifically, America’s top spy told the two senators that if any protected whistleblowing was intercepted by the Obama administration’s new monitoring, it wouldn’t be used to tip off spy agency leaders.

“In the event a protected disclosure from a whistleblower somehow comes to the attention of personnel responsible for monitoring user activity, there is no intention for such disclosure to be reported to agency leadership under an insider threat program,” Clapper declared in his July 25, 2014, letter.
Clapper even cc’d then-CIA Director John Brennan on his letter, an apparent heads-up to America’s most famous spy shop, the Central Intelligence Agency.

It turns out that entire pledge was false and disingenuous. And it took us four years and a new presidential administration to get the truth.

Just four months before Clapper penned that letter, the CIA intercepted one or more whistleblowers’ disclosures, legally submitted and intended to go to Congress through the Intelligence Community’s official whistleblowing office.

And the intercepts were briefed to CIA leadership, contrary to Clapper’s assurance.

The disclosure was contained in two memos declassified this past week from the Intelligence Community’s inspector general.

“On 19 March 2014, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) security notified me that they had conducted an inquiry prompted by routine counterintelligence (CI) monitoring of Government computer systems,” then-Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III wrote in a memo dated March 28, 2014.

“As a result of this inquiry, CIA CI personnel obtained emails between our Executive Director of Whistleblowing & Source Protection and Congressional staff,” the memo added. “Most of these emails concerned pending and developing whistleblower complaints. CIA security compiled a report that includes excerpts of these whistleblower-related communications, and this report was eventually shared with CIA management.”

You have to stop for a second to appreciate the magnitude of what that memo discloses.

Whistleblowers who legally submitted concerns and believed they were being protected had their communications intercepted and unmasked. And sensitive oversight communications with Congress potentially protected by the Constitution's separation of powers were intercepted. And all the information was briefed to CIA leadership, contrary to Clapper’s representations.

And, lest you wonder, yes, Clapper was sent a copy of the McCullough memo, which makes his letter to Congress a few months later all the more laughable, if not despicable.

The crafty Clapper might try to argue he was technically accurate because he claimed to Congress it was never the intention of the IC to compromise these whistleblower communications by sharing them with agency leadership, but McCullough’s memos put an arrow through that defense, too.

A written report summarizing what was intercepted from the whistleblowers’ efforts to communicate legally with Congress was given to the CIA chiefs of security and counterintelligence. And then the information was briefed orally to Brennan’s deputy and his chief of staff, according to a subsequent March 31, 2014, memo from McCullough.

So to be clear, CIA officials took the time to extract the whistleblower information from the intercepts, wrote a report and then shared that information with CIA management. That took time and intention that cannot be denied.

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Posted 04 November 2018 - 11:16 PM

I wish I could honestly say I was surprised.

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Posted 04 November 2018 - 11:23 PM

But he still had clearance until recently...
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