In an interview with the far-left Huffington Post that didn’t get much coverage, Harry Reid, the Senate Minority Leader our readers said was both evil and mentally unstable back in 2014, accused GOP nominee Donald Trump of being part of a foreign power and suggested that intelligence services give him fake briefings.
“How would the CIA and the other intelligence agencies brief this guy? How could they do that? I would suggest to the intelligence agencies, if you’re forced to brief this guy, don’t tell him anything, just fake it, because this man is dangerous,” he said. “Fake it, pretend you’re doing a briefing, but you can’t give the guy any information.”
In short, he wants Trump to be lied to.
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“This guy, he’s part of a foreign power,” Reid added. “We knew he liked Putin before this, but this is quite ridiculous.”
He also told CNN’s Manu Raju the same thing.
“You’re basically telling the intelligence community to lie to [Trump],” Raju said.
Here’s video of that exchange:
Essentially, Reid is playing politics with national security.
The HuffPo added:
Intelligence officials are becoming increasingly convinced that the hack of the Democratic National Committee and subsequent release of DNC emails was the work of the Russian government, with the goal of undermining Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and boosting her rival, Trump. Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to release any additional emails they have from Clinton ― actively inviting a foreign power to intervene in a U.S. election.
Reid wouldn’t call the comments “treason,” leaving the characterizations to others. But, referencing his nearly half a century in politics, he proclaimed: “I’ve never seen anything like Donald Trump.” The scale of the cybercrime and the possibility of it being done at the behest of a presidential candidate, he added, could wind up being worse than Watergate.
Actually, Trump didn’t call on Russia to do anything — he was being sarcastic, something anyone with more than two functioning brain cells could easily see. Nevertheless, the entire Clinton propaganda arm, er, the mainstream media (redundant, I know), breathlessly reported that Trump wanted Russia to hack Clinton’s emails.
A post at Politifact observed:
“It makes much more sense to me that the Russian government had nothing to do with this, but that Russian-speaking hackers did it on their own for fun or profit or both,” (Taia Global CEO Jeffrey) Carr said.
If, in fact, the Russian government is behind the DNC hack, its motivations aren’t clear.
“As to whether Russia wanted to help Trump or hurt Clinton, I think it’s certainly possible, but something that requires a lot more caution than the media have been giving it thus far, and something for which we have much less solid evidence,” (cybersecurity consultant Matt) Tait said.
“The weight of the evidence favors an explanation that the Russians leaked the documents to favor Trump, so it is more than a conspiracy theory but still speculative,” said Susan Hennessey, a Brookings Institution fellow and a former lawyer for the National Security Agency.
Ah — a bit of reason and logic. But who needs such things when there’s propaganda to push.
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