(National Sentinel) Hillary Shill: As the head of the FBI, isn’t it your job — your duty — to solve crimes, especially if they involved some form of espionage?
Not if your James Comey. His priority appears to have been to preserve Hillary Clinton’s chances at becoming president at any cost. How else can you explain why he would have turned down an offer from WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange to provide technical evidence regarding the hacking of her campaign manager, John Podesta?
Assange has said repeatedly that Russia was not behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s emails.
Assange and his organization — love it or hate it — has never been proven wrong.
Despite all of that, the Deep State launched an investigation into the Trump campaign and Trump presidency in its attempt to ‘prove’ Russian ‘collusion.’
Now, John Solomon, writing at The Hill, lays out more details of this sinister plot:
One of the more devastating intelligence leaks in American history — the unmasking of the CIA’s arsenal of cyber warfare weapons last year — has an untold prelude worthy of a spy novel.
Some of the characters are household names, thanks to the Russia scandal: James Comey, fired FBI director. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Department of Justice (DOJ) official Bruce Ohr. Julian Assange, grand master of WikiLeaks. And American attorney Adam Waldman, who has a Forrest Gump-like penchant for showing up in major cases of intrigue.
Each played a role in the early days of the Trump administration to try to get Assange to agree to “risk mitigation” — essentially, limiting some classified CIA information he might release in the future.
The effort resulted in the drafting of a limited immunity deal that might have temporarily freed the WikiLeaks founder from a London embassy where he has been exiled for years, according to interviews and a trove of internal DOJ documents turned over to Senate investigators.
However, Comey intervened to kill the deal:
But an unexpected intervention by Comey — relayed through Warner — soured the negotiations, multiple sources tell me. Assange eventually unleashed a series of leaks that U.S. officials say damaged their cyber warfare capabilities for a long time to come. …
Although the intelligence community reviled Assange for the damage his past releases caused, officials “understood any visibility into his thinking, any opportunity to negotiate any redactions, was in the national security interest and worth taking,” says a senior official involved at the time.
Justice officials picked David Laufman, an accomplished federal prosecutor and then head of Justice’s counterintelligence and export controls section, to lead the negotiations. Within 24 hours of the Ohr meeting, Waldman contacted Laufman.
Eventually, the government made Assange an informal “Queen for a Day” offer:
“Subject to adequate and binding protections, including but not limited to an acceptable immunity and safe passage agreement, Mr. Assange welcomes the opportunity to discuss with the U.S. government risk mitigation approaches relating to CIA documents in WikiLeaks’ possession or control, such as the redaction of agency personnel in hostile jurisdictions and foreign espionage risks to WikiLeaks staff,” Waldman wrote Laufman on March 28, 2017.
Not included in the written proffer was an additional offer from Assange: He was willing to discuss technical evidence ruling out certain parties in the controversial leak of Democratic Party emails to WikiLeaks during the 2016 election. The U.S. government believes those emails were hacked by Russia; Assange insists they did not come from Moscow.
“Mr. Assange offered to provide technical evidence and discussion regarding who did not engage in the DNC releases,” Waldman told me. “Finally, he offered his technical expertise to the U.S. government to help address what he perceived as clear flaws in security systems that led to the loss of the U.S. cyber weapons program.”
Inside Justice and the intelligence community, confidence grew that perhaps the mercurial Assange might adapt how he released classified information.
Negotiations with Assange began in mid-February 2017. Shortly thereafter, Sen. Warner was contacted by Waldman to see if there was any interest on the Senate Intelligence Committee to see if staff were interested in contacting Assange.
“Warner engaged with Waldman over encrypted text messages, then reached out to Comey. A few days later, Warner contacted Waldman with an unexpected plea,” Solomon wrote.
“He told me he had just talked with Comey and that, while the government was appreciative of my efforts, my instructions were to stand down, to end the discussions with Assange,” Waldman told me. Waldman offered contemporaneous documents to show he memorialized Warner’s exact words.
Waldman couldn’t believe a U.S. senator and the FBI chief were sending a different signal, so he went back to Laufman, who assured him the negotiations were still on. “What Laufman said to me after he heard I was told to ‘stand down’ by Warner and Comey was, ‘That’s bullshit. You are not standing down and neither am I,’” Waldman recalled.
A source familiar with Warner’s interactions says the senator’s contact on the Assange matter was limited and was shared with Senate Intelligence chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). But the source acknowledges that Warner consulted Comey and passed along the “stand down” instructions to Waldman: “That did happen.”
The FBI’s counterintelligence team was engaged with the Justice Department in the operation but couldn’t figure out why Comey would quash the negotiations. They proceeded for a time, but Assange’s team grew leery of the deal and the credibility of the negotiators.
Then in April, Assange released documents containing specifics of some of the CIA malware used for cyber attacks. That infuriated the Trump administration; then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo slammed WikiLeaks as a “hostile intelligence service” and the government backed out of further talks.
And the opportunity to engage with Assange was lost — likely forever, Solomon wrote.
At the time, Comey was already engaged in Spygate — the operation to trip up and bring down the Trump presidency. Hillary had lost and the last thing Comey would have wanted was to destroy the “Russian hacking” and “Russian collusion” story before it even got started.
He would rather see the CIA’s hacking tools revealed and harm national security than have his fake Russia narrative exposed.
Comey is pathetic. Comey is dirty. Comey needs to be perp-walked to a jail cell.
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