Donald Trump’s administration has been plagued by illegal leaks of classified information and act of bureaucratic sabotage.
These acts of disruption have come from what is known as the “deep state.”
Starting in December, the Trump transition – and later the Trump White House – was kneecapped by leaks creating an air of suspicion around ties to Russia.
No evidence emerged linking the campaign to Russian email hackers, but the leaks allowed the media to generate a cloud of scandal that continues to hover over the administration.
The leaks culminated with the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn after illegal leaks of intercepted communications made their way into the Washington Post and revealed he had not been truthful with the Vice President and other administration officials about his conversations with the Russian Ambassador.
Now the media is tying to portray these leaks as Washington “business as usual” to try and distract from the orchestrated campaign to torpedo the Trump Presidency.
Business Insider led the charge with an article claiming the deep state is a figment of the imagination of Trump and his supporters:
Despite the theories and headlines, the leaking of classified information is not all that unusual and not enough to prompt suspicions of a legitimate deep state in the US, according to former intelligence officials.
Intelligence leaks “happened during the Clinton administration, the Bush administration, and long before that,” Bob Deitz, a former NSA and CIA veteran who worked under presidents Clinton and Bush, told Business Insider.
“It’s possible that they came from directly within the White House, perhaps from people from the intelligence community on loan to the White House,” he added. While the classified leaks that have been published in the media have reflected poorly on the administration, “there are a lot of leaks from people in the White House that reflect badly on them. Just look at all the reports of infighting between Bannon and Kushner,” Deitz said.
“There have always been scandals,” Glenn Carle, a former CIA clandestine services officer and an expert on national security, told Business Insider. “The torture black sites were leaked, the Pentagon Papers were leaked, the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident was leaked. This is not new…
… And if the rift between a White House that believes it’s being undermined by the institutions designed to serve American interests and those institutions themselves continues to widen, the risks to national security could be almost as severe as those posed by a legitimate deep state.
“The deep state does not exist in fact but it exists in the minds of Trump supporters. That’s just as much a threat to society,” Carle said.”
But the leaks are real.
And they were not haphazard.
Leakers fed information that shaped a narrative that clearly served the interest of the outgoing Obama administration and the left – namely that Donald Trump was an illegitimate President who has unspecified, but shady ties to Russia.
The media is trying to sweep that story under the rug.
And their latest tactic is to tell you, your eyes and ears are deceiving you, and the deep state – which is feeding these anti-Trump stories with illegal leaks – doesn’t exist.
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