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Trump accuses NY Times of ‘virtual treason’ after report exposing U.S. cyber-targeting of Russian infrastructure: He’s right

By Jon Dougherty

(NationalSentinel) We have made the observation before that in the age of Donald Trump, the establishment media has become a national security liability due to the fact that major outlets will publish just about anything in order to undermine him.

But in doing so, these same outlets also undermine our country — and some 312 million American citizens — making them as big a threat to our security as any foreign power.

The New York Times did it again Sunday with a story claiming that the Trump administration has escalated attacks on Russia’s power grid:

The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools more aggressively, current and former government officials said.


In interviews over the past three months, the officials described the previously unreported deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s grid and other targets as a classified companion to more publicly discussed action directed at Moscow’s disinformation and hacking units around the 2018 midterm elections.

Advocates of the more aggressive strategy said it was long overdue, after years of public warnings from the Department of Homeland Security and the F.B.I. that Russia has inserted malware that could sabotage American power plants, oil and gas pipelines, or water supplies in any future conflict with the United States.

But it also carries significant risk of escalating the daily digital Cold War between Washington and Moscow.

“It has gotten far, far more aggressive over the past year,” one senior intelligence official told the Times. “We are doing things at a scale that we never contemplated a few years ago.”

You know what else carries “significant risk?” Reporting classified information that provides valuable insight and intelligence for a nuclear-armed adversary.

So much for “Russia collusion,” right?

The revelations infuriated POTUS Trump, and rightfully so. He said on Twitter the paper committed “a virtual act of Treason” over its report, The Hill noted.

“Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia,” Trump tweeted. “This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country.”

“Anything goes with our Corrupt News Media today,” he added. “They will do, or say, whatever it takes, with not even the slightest thought of consequence! These are true cowards and without doubt, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”

He also claimed the Times report was “NOT TRUE.”

The fact is the Times report most likely is true. Rational people understand that in light of report after report regarding Russia/China/Iran/North Korea targeting U.S. infrastructure, it makes sense for America — which is a cyber superpower — to respond in kind.

But these kinds of operations are not meant to be revealed. Doing so not only compromises said operations, but foreign intelligence agencies gleaning details from published open source information very often learn things that help them counter our moves.

Which, again, puts our country at risk.

The Times editors know this. They understand full well what revealing this kind of highly classified information can mean to an adversary.

And yet, they published it anyway. Just to ‘get Donald Trump.’

What does that say about them? It says — again — that the president has been right about our own press since he took office: They are more of an enemy than some of our adversaries. Or at least the equivalent.

Even though we have speech protections written into our Constitution via the First Amendment, you still can’t slander someone, libel them, yell ‘fire’ in a theater, or engage in various forms of “hate” speech.

Publishing highly classified information that provides ‘aid and comfort’ to an adversary should be legally actionable as well. Doing so harms our country by weakening our national security.

American Liberty: “Established 1776” Order yours now!

Think about it: Does anyone believe that FDR would not have punished the NYTimes or the Washington Post if either paper had published plans for the D-Day invasion, just because their editors believed Americans ‘had a right to know’?

Granted, we were in an actual war then, and we’re not fighting Russia — now. Though you could argue that in places like Syria, where Russian-sponsored mercenaries from the Wagner Group attacked U.S. forces and their allies early last year, amounts to a real conflict. Or Russia putting forces into Venezuela, in our hemisphere. Or encroaching on NATO’s eastern flank.

We have argued before that reporting the details about these highly classified operations are harming our national security at a time when the world is more dangerous than ever, not less, and for no good reason. The Times is just as guilty, in our view, as the U.S. officials who leaked the information. If they can be charged under the Espionage Act, then the ‘paper of record’ that published the information should be equally culpable.

The president is right.

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Bennie Sprouse
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Bennie Sprouse

I hope this is a trap to catch a TRAITOR and drag the slimes down with them!

Phil Murphy
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Phil Murphy

Just to ‘get Donald Trump’? They just “got the whole country”. This act has repercussions for everyone living in the United States. I say the NYTimes time is up. Time to take them down!

Michael Vaughan
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And those responsible should be more than virtually arrested…

Gary D
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Gary D

“Trump accuses NY Times of ‘virtual treason’…”
Why “virtual”?

Eric
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Eric

When will the DOJ start taking action against these traitors? How about NOW?

jimmy matho
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jimmy matho

this looks like the perfect set up to arrest some leakers/traitors and send a message to the NY slimes.

dan can
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dan can

Re-instate public hangings…..

marty lopez
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Trump would be well advised to take some action instead of just running his mouth. The NYT would be a good place to begin. Iran would be another long over due adversary upon which to project power. How about charging Hillary, Comey and some others with prima facia cases while we wait for Horowitz and Huber to do God only knows what fandango dance with Barr? Or maybe Trump could actually send some troops (3 Divisions should suffice ) to actually control the border before we have an Ebola outbreak? What we don’t need is any more deals. What we… Read more »

Jess Sain
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Jess Sain

What would Bing Crosby say if he saw the owners of the NYT hanging from s tree on the White House lawn for treason?
It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas

Tom
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Tom

Did we not indict Julian Assange for virtually the same thing, leaking classified secrets, that now the NYT’s is and has been doing? How is one okay and the other not?

william chandler
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william chandler

“Your” Dept of Treasury and DOJ spend all their time protecting …….. Trump’s Tax Returns, NOT YOUR FAMILY. https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/department-of-justice-backs-treasury-secretary-mnuchins-refusal-to-release-trumps-tax-returns-to-congress/ Department Of Justice Backs Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s Refusal To Release Trump’s Tax Returns To Congress. BULL SHIT — Either SEAL our borders or release President Huff-N-Puff’s taxes. “FUNNY” how every Trump move to seal the border is stopped by the courts” and he just can’t SEEM to find any lawyers to shove the traitors aside, file appeals & injunctions. …. but he sure has lawyers that can block access to his TAXES at every turn. WOW …. even the DOJ can… Read more »

william chandler
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william chandler

TREASON?! Trump is working for ISRAEL not America.. “GREAT” Nations do not pay TRIBUTE to foreign places. If Israel can send rockets to the moon . … why is tRUMP giving Israel CHARITY money stolen from working AMERICAN people? No hungry children or elderly in need of help HERE, hell no. P.S. Every dollar America gives to Socialist Israel is borrowed AT INTEREST from Communist China. Meanwhile Israel has OVER $120 BILLION in savings. Trump says we can afford to borrow $38BILLION from Communist China to GIVE to Socialist Israel, above and beyond the $4-5Billion we GIVE them every year… Read more »

Ron Nedos
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Ron Nedos

And yet Assange and Snowden are vilified.

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