“Flat-Out False”: WaPo Calls Out Adam Schiff for Lying About CIA ‘Whistleblower’

“Flat-Out False”: WaPo Calls Out Adam Schiff for Lying About CIA ‘Whistleblower’Posted: 04 Oct 2019 03:25 PM PDTHouse Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) was called out by the Washington Post for claiming last month that his panel had “not spoken directly with the whistleblower” – a CIA employee whose second-hand account of a phone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky sparked impeachment proceedings.“Have you heard from the whistleblower? Do you want to hear from the whistleblower? What protections could you provide to the whistleblower?” Schiff was asked during a Sept. 17 interview on MSNBC‘s “Morning Joe.”“We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to,” replied Schiff, adding “But I am sure the whistleblower has concerns that he has not been advised, as the law requires, by the inspector general or the director of national Intelligence just how he is supposed to communicate with Congress, and so the risk to the whistleblower is retaliation.”After it was revealed that the whistleblower approached Schiff’s panel – which then directed him to a Democrat attorney, the Post gave Schiff four Pinocchiosfor his statement, which they called “Flat-out false.”“Schiff on ‘Morning Joe’ clearly made a statement that was false,” said the fact-checker. “He now says he’s was answering the wrong question, but if that was the case, he should have quickly corrected the record. He compounded his falsehood by telling reporters a few days later that if not for the [inspector general’s] office, the committee would not have known about the complaint. That again suggested there had been no prior communication.”“The explanation that Schiff was not sure it was the same whistleblower especially strains credulity,” added WaPo. “Schiff earns Four Pinocchios.”For those keeping track, Schiff has now lied about his panel’s contacts with the ‘whistleblower’ and fabricated quotes from the Trump-Zelensky phone call, which he later scrambled to call a parody.A House Intel Committee spokesperson told The Post that Schiff’s reply “should have been more carefully phrased.”“Regarding Chairman Schiff’s comments on ‘Morning Joe,’ in the context, he intended to answer the question of whether the Committee had heard testimony from the whistleblower, which they had not,” said the spokesperson. “As he said in his answer, the whistleblower was then awaiting instructions from the Acting [Director of National Intelligence] as to how the whistleblower could contact the Committee. Nonetheless he acknowledges that his statement should have been more carefully phrased to make that distinction clear.”Republished from ZeroHedge.com with permissionThe post “Flat-Out False”: WaPo Calls Out Adam Schiff for Lying About CIA ‘Whistleblower’ appeared first on We Are Change.
CIA vs Donald Trump: How the Ukraine Scandal is Russiagate 2.0Posted: 04 Oct 2019 01:50 PM PDTRight now, the CIA and the US president are at each other’s throats. Isn’t that fascinating? And in this video that’s exactly what we take a hard look at. What’s happening? And where is it headed from here? Is the Ukraine scandal just another Russiagate?Some mainstream media outlets say no, while others say yes, absolutely! So, which is it?We were slandered and attacked for being an independent media outlet that covered Russiagate and the nothingburger it turned out to be, in addition to the Biden scandal. We were called Russian propagandists and fake news. The Washington Post went so far as to put us on a list, calling us Russian Fake News Propagandists!And as a result of all of that we are still being censored and affected very heavily, despite reporting on it accurately from the start. Just like with Russiagate, what we’re being told about the Ukraine scandal is most likely not 100% accurate, and the story the media is telling has a high probability of being entirely different from what is actually happening behind the scenes. In this video we go over the many reasons why we shouldn’t be so quick to trust the CIA. When the CIA is the main accuser in an attempt to impeach a sitting president, we should probably ask ourselves.. Gee, is there any foul play here?!I reveal the history, the details, the connections, and the evidence of the Ukraine scandal in today’s video so you can decide for yourself. Is it real? Or is it Russiagate 2.0? The post CIA vs Donald Trump: How the Ukraine Scandal is Russiagate 2.0 appeared first on We Are Change.
After US Senator Asks Public to ‘Imagine’ CIA Interfering in Foreign Elections, Historians Are Like… UhhhPosted: 04 Oct 2019 01:30 PM PDTComments from Sen. Mark Warner responding to reports that Attorney General Bill Barr asked a number of world governments for help in refuting the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 U.S. election were met with ridicule Friday as observers mocked the suggestion that the CIA would never do such a thing.Warner, a Virginia Democrat, made the remarks to NBC in an interview over the latest revelations in the still-unfolding whistleblower scandal that has triggered an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. News that Barr reached out to intelligence agencies in Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom for help in probing the Russian investigation has added to the fire.“Can you imagine if the CIA was asked to provide damaging evidence on a political opponent in Australia?” Warner said. “There would be outrage in our political establishment.”There’s just one problem with Warner’s example of the CIA becoming involved in Australian politics—as one Twitter user observed, the CIA “literally did that” in 1975, covertly taking down the pro-independence government of then-Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Whitlam had proposed shutting down Pine Gap, the U.S. satellite intelligence gathering center in central Australia, and exposing U.S. intelligence operations in the country, a move that sent the CIA into panic mode.In other words, as Grayzone journalist Anya Parampil tweeted, Warner’s hypothetical was “almost as outrageous as the CIA carrying out a coup against Australia’s democratically elected leftist leader who stood up to the agency, which it actually did.”As John Pilger recounted at The Guardian in 2014:The Americans and British worked together. In 1975, Whitlam discovered that Britain’s MI6 was operating against his government. “The Brits were actually decoding secret messages coming into my foreign affairs office,” he said later. One of his ministers, Clyde Cameron, told me, “We knew MI6 was bugging cabinet meetings for the Americans.” In the 1980s, senior CIA officers revealed that the “Whitlam problem” had been discussed “with urgency” by the CIA’s director, William Colby, and the head of MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield. A deputy director of the CIA said: “[governor-general of Australia, Sir John Kerr] did what he was told to do.”[…]On 11 November—the day Whitlam was to inform parliament about the secret CIA presence in Australia—he was summoned by Kerr. Invoking archaic vice-regal “reserve powers,” Kerr sacked the democratically elected prime minister. The “Whitlam problem” was solved, and Australian politics never recovered, nor the nation its true independence.Australia, of course, is not the only country whose politics the U.S. has meddled in since the creation of the CIA in 1947. Among the other countries are China, Albania, East Germany, Iran, Costa Rica, Egypt, Indonesia, British Guiana, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Congo, France, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Bolivia, Indonesia, Ghana, Chile, Greece, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Australia, Angola, Zaire, Portugal, Jamaica, the Seychelles, Chad, Grenada, Suriname, Fiji, Nicaragua, Panama, Bulgaria, Albania, Yugoslavia, Ecuador, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Iraq, Haiti, Somalia, Libya, and Syria.The above is an incomplete list.Republished from CommonDreams.org under Creative CommonsThe post After US Senator Asks Public to ‘Imagine’ CIA Interfering in Foreign Elections, Historians Are Like… Uhhh appeared first on We Are Change.

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