According to a former counterintelligence officer, who worked for the National Security Agency (NSA), President Trump is “targeting” U.S. journalists with the aid of Russian intelligence services. The security expert said he has the information from “very reliable” intel sources.
The analyst, John Schindler, made the revelations Tuesday on Twitter.
Learned fm very reliable IC sources that Trump WH, w/help fm Russian intel, is targeting U.S. journalists. Rough road ahead. Get ready, peeps
— John Schindler (@20committee) March 7, 2017
Schindler did not say how exactly the Russian spies were “targeting” the U.S. media, but the allegation is likely to add fuel to the scandal around Trump’s liaisons with Moscow.
The news comes just one week after multiple media reports on Trump campaign communications with Russian operatives revealed AG Jeff Sessions had also met with the Russian ambassador in Washington and lied under oath about it during his confirmation hearing.
According to the reports, Sessions and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak met twice during the presidential campaign, even though Sessions served as the billionaire’s surrogate at the time. After multiple calls for Sessions’ recusal from the oversight of any probe into Russia, he agreed to step aside. Nevertheless, he denied having lied to Congress during the confirmation.
He said that he met Kislyak as a U.S. senator, not as a Trump surrogate, and he never discussed campaign issues with the Russian official.
Media reports showed that other Trump campaign aides contacted Russian officials before the election including his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who attended a meeting between former national security adviser to the president Mike Flynn and Kislyak on Dec. 29.
The New York Times learned from three former government officials that Trump associates met with other Russian operatives in several locations in Europe on the campaign trail. The sources said that those meetings had been tracked by Dutch and U.K. intelligence services, which briefed Barack Obama.
American intel told the Times they have evidence of communications between Russian officials discussing contacts with Trump campaign. In response to the reports, Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer barred major media outlets from attending an informal press briefing meeting. The press accused the White House of “unconstitutional censorship,” but to no avail.
Reporters from The New York Times, BuzzFeed, The Guardian, the BBC, and CNN were denied access to the event, while right-wing media outlets including Breitbart, The Washington Times, and One America News Network were allowed in.
It is unclear whether Trump tried to dodge questions about his aides’ ties to Moscow, but the blocked media outlets were the ones who had published the most controversial Trump-Russia news pieces.
According to a recent survey, most Americans think Congress should investigate the alleged ties between the Trump’s campaign aides and Moscow. While 53 percent of Americans want a congressional probe into Trump associates’ communications with Russia, 54 percent want a congressional probe into Moscow interference in the U.S. election. The poll also showed that 38 percent of respondents see Trump’s relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin as being too cozy, with just 29 percent seeing the relationship not so friendly.
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