Friday, November 4, 2016

Has Russian Dictator Vladimir Putin Infiltrated the FBI?

A month or two ago I would have dismissed as preposterous any speculation that the Russians had cultivated an inside track within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  But today, I'm not so sure.  Forget Boris-and-Natasha-type spies skulking around its hallowed halls.  Rather, I'm contemplating something more supple but with far greater effect, such as a distribution node for disinformation. Its immediate aim is to turn the election in Donald Trump's favor. It's long term goals relate to dismantling NATO, and subverting democratic governments in the West.

It has been less than 48 hours since the latest, possibly unauthorized, dump of anti-Clinton files from the FBI's Twitter account.  FBI Director James Comey might not be complicit.  In fact, it is possible that he sent the controversial letter to Congress, speculating on the possibility of more email problems with Hillary Clinton's server, as a way of forestalling leaks from his own agency.

Be-that-as-it-may,  Kurt Eichenwald of Newsweek has just written an explosive investigative piece, which is a must read.  He details for instance how Trump ignored top-secret FBI briefings in which the GOP presidential candidate was informed that hacking disclosures being fed to him, came directly from Moscow.  Our European allies are, as a consequence, terrified at the consequences for the West as a whole, of a Trump presidency.

So, here's the real problem as far as potential vulnerabilities within the FBI itself.  It can be difficult to draw the line between homegrown white ethno-nationalists as opposed to something foreign and far more sinister.  After all, Donald Trump's white male supporters make up a large segment of our nation's police forces and military.  But where our premier law enforcement agency, the FBI,  is concerned, we had damned better figure out where the boundaries lie.
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