Here’s a worthwhile opinion piece in the WSJ by Daniel Hoffman:The Steele Dossier Fits the Kremlin Playbook. The WSJ lists Hoffman’s bio as: “retired chief of station with the Central Intelligence Agency who served in the former Soviet Union, is vice president of SPG, a political consulting group in Washington”.
This is a very alarming Washington Post story about a fitness app that inadvertently identified U.S. soldiers’ locations in war zones, like Iraq: U.S. Soldiers are Revealing Sensitive and Dangerous Information – by Jogging.
I decided to add a comment about the WSJ linked opinion piece. The WSJ piece above reminded me that Russians, since 1919, have followed an aggressive divide and conquer strategy with trying to destabilize the West. Imagine Russians intelligence being handed this opportunity of the Clinton campaign funding a former British intelligence agent to dig up information in Russia on Trump’s Russian collusion and around the same time a Republican operative, Peter Smith, contacted a British security firm, to hire them to try to locate Russian operatives and try to buy Hillary’s emails, which the Republican operative was convinced the Russians had obtained from her private email server.
Funny how the Steele dossier is always presented by the media as an effort to uncover Trump’s nefarious “Russian collusion”, when in fact, the dossier is just a pile of salacious dirt to smear Trump. The Republican operative’s effort to buy Hillary’s emails, however is presented as dastardly Trump “Russian collusion”, when actually it appears the DNC-connected law firm hired Steele to dig up dirt on Trump before Smith tried to hire a British security firm to buy Hillary’s emails from the Russians.
Both political parties were involved in trying to dig up dirt from Russian sources, using British operatives as the middleman.
The FBI treated the Democrat’s effort and Steele’s dossier as information worth investigating the Trump campaign for nefarious “Russian collusion”, while the Republican operative’s effort was cast as evidence of Trump’s treasonous “Russian collusion”. Both campaigns efforts were highly corrupt in my opinion, although probably not illegal. This highly partisan way of viewing the same conduct permeates both how the mainstream media reports the news and even how the FBI determines what is worth investigating.
The Russians must be laughing at us…