(National Sentinel) Full Disclosure: The British intelligence service, MI6, is obviously concerned that whatever assistance it provided the Obama administration in its quest to undermine POTUS Donald Trump’s presidency could be a relationship killer.
That would explain why the service is scrambling to prevent the president from declassifying all documents related to the massive scandal collectively known as “Spygate” — the creation of a fake “Russia” narrative aimed at derailing POTUS Trump’s administration and running him out of town (or to jail).
As reported by The Telegraph, MI6 says any disclosure would “undermine intelligence gathering if he releases pages of an FBI application to wiretap one of his former campaign advisers.”
That said, allies of POTUS are battling back. They are demanding full transparency because they believe declassification of all documents related to the operation in which Obama politicized the entire U.S. intelligence community, the FBI, and the Justice Department (as well as the FISA court) will lead to big trouble for the key players (mostly Democrats).
The president’s allies believe that the British government wouldn’t be resisting so hard if it didn’t have something to hide:
The Telegraph has talked to more than a dozen UK and US officials, including in American intelligence, who have revealed details about the row.
British spy chiefs have “genuine concern” about sources being exposed if classified parts of the wiretap request were made public, according to figures familiar with discussions.
“It boils down to the exposure of people”, said one US intelligence official, adding: “We don’t want to reveal sources and methods.” US intelligence shares the concerns of the UK.
Another said Britain feared setting a dangerous “precedent” which could make people less likely to share information, knowing that it could one day become public.
The paper added that the issue between the U.S. and UK is so sensitive that British Embassy staff in Washington, D.C., have been told they cannot discuss it with journalists.
In addition, Prime Minister Theresa May has also “been kept at arm’s length and is understood to have not raised the issue directly with the US president,” the paper said.
In September, Zero Hedge reported that the British government “expressed grave concerns” over the material in question after President Trump issued an order to the Justice Department to release a wide swath of materials, “immediately” and “without redaction.”
Within days, and at the vehement request of the British government, POTUS walked back his decision, further indicating that there are some major bombshells lurking in those documents that would not portray Britain’s relationship with the U.S. or, at least, with POTUS Trump in a good light.
I met with the DOJ concerning the declassification of various UNREDACTED documents. They agreed to release them but stated that so doing may have a perceived negative impact on the Russia probe. Also, key Allies’ called to ask not to release. Therefore, the Inspector General…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
….has been asked to review these documents on an expedited basis. I believe he will move quickly on this (and hopefully other things which he is looking at). In the end I can always declassify if it proves necessary. Speed is very important to me – and everyone!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
The New York Times reported at the time that the UK’s concern was over material which “includes direct references to conversations between American law enforcement officials and Christopher Steele,” the former MI6 agent who compiled the infamous “Russia Dossier.” The UK’s objection, former US and British officials said, was over the public revealing of Steele’s identity in an official document, “regardless of whether he had been named in press reports.”
But that made little sense, given that Steele had already been revealed in a House Intelligence Committee memo released by Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif.
In addition, we know that Steele had extensive contact with high-ranking DoJ official Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie, who at the time was working at Fusion GPS, the Democrat-aligned opposition research firm that commissioned the dossier, which was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign via a cutout — law firm Perkins Coie.
It could be that the British government is concerned that much of the espionage performed against the Trump campaign took place on English soil, Zero Hedge notes:
Recall that Trump aid George Papadopoulos was lured to London in March, 2016, where Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud fed him the rumor that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton. It was later at a London bar that Papadopoulos would drunkenly pass the rumor to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer (who Strzok flew to London to meet with).
Also recall that CIA/FBI “informant” (spy) Stefan Halper met with both Carter Page and Papadopoulos in London.
Papadopoulos, remember, has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying about his conversations with a shadowy Maltese professor and self-professed member of the Clinton Foundation,
He has since claimed he was targeted by British spies and told The Telegraph that he seeks transparency.
POTUS Trump’s backers have said that the facts known thus far indicate clearly that the ongoing ‘Russia investigation’ was indeed a “witch hunt” from the start.
But since Steele hasn’t worked for British intelligence since 2009, and since we already know of his involvement in producing a “dossier” that contains almost nothing that’s worthy or factual, London’s ongoing opposition to President Trump’s declassification obviously runs much deeper.
Never miss a story! Sign up for our daily email newsletter — Click here!