Sunday, May 6, 2018

When Democrats Do It, It's Called Opposition Research

An article in the British leftist rag 'The Guardian' titled 'Revealed: Trump Team Hired Spy Firm for ‘Dirty Ops’ on Iran Arms Deal', a story supposedly authored through the Guardian's online mouth piece 'The Observer', makes the claim aides to Donald Trump hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to orchestrate a “dirty ops” campaign against key individuals from the Obama administration who helped negotiate the Iran Nuclear Deal. The piece goes on to say that according to "incendiary documents" shown the Observer by unnamed sources, of course, revealed investigators contracted by the private intelligence agency were told to dig into the personal lives and political careers of Obama's former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl, a national security adviser to the former VP Joe Biden.

After quotes from pompous British diplomats railing about how "bloody outrageous" such activity is, the author of the piece tells us of the oh-so nefarious inquirers:
"Among things they were looking at were personal relationships, any involvement with Iran-friendly lobbyists, and if they had benefited personally or politically from the peace deal. Investigators were also apparently told to contact prominent Iranian Americans as well as pro-deal journalists – from the New York Times, MSNBC television, the Atlantic, Vox website and Haaretz, the Israeli newspaper among others – who had frequent contact with Rhodes and Kahl in an attempt to establish whether they had violated any protocols by sharing sensitive intelligence. 
They are believed to have looked at comments made by Rhodes in which he admitted relying on "inexperienced reporters to create an “echo chamber” that helped sway public opinion" to secure the deal...." 
The report go on to say it is not clear how much work was actually undertaken, for how long or what became of any material, if any at all was unearthed.  And whether it appears unseemly or not, in today's world it's pretty tame stuff. It's call gathering information or as the democrats call such  things, like the  Steele Dossier, "Opposition Research".

With all that is come to light about the secretive and underhanded actions of Barky O's administration, coupled with the revelation that for the second time in two months John Kerry met with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari to apparently strategise against the US government, makes this story if true, probably a necessary step in counter-intelligence. Or, it could just be another exaggerated deep state smear story planted with a foreign anti-Trump/anti- Israeli media source known for getting their limey pantaloons in a twist over most everything DJT.

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