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Jim Clapper Just Nuked the Trump Presidency - Observer

Even in retirement, spymasters remain habitually enigmatic, and none has been more so than James Clapper, who is our nation's most experienced spy boss. He retired as the Director of National Intelligence at the beginning of 2017, after over six years in that job--a record. That capped off a career in our Intelligence Community that lasted more than a half-century and included the directorships of two of our nation's spy agencies. Nobody knows the IC better than Clapper.

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Clapper went considerably further yesterday in his appearance on CNN's The Lead, in which he finally let his top secret mask drop to say what he really thinks about our 45th president:

I think this past weekend is illustrative of what a great case officer Vladimir Putin is. He knows how to handle an asset, and that's what he's doing with the president ... You have to remember Putin's background. He's a KGB officer. That's what they do. They recruit assets. And I think some of that experience and instincts of Putin has come into play here in his managing of a pretty important account for him, if I could use that term, with our president.

When pressed about what exactly he was saying, Clapper explained that he meant his words "figuratively," but that barely mitigates the shock value of what he said. To be perfectly clear: America's most experienced spy boss publicly termed our president an asset--that is, a witting agent--of the Kremlin who is being controlled by Vladimir Putin. Even if meant only "figuratively," this is the most jaw-dropping statement ever uttered about any American president by any serious commentator.

by Bjinse on Wed Dec 20th, 2017 at 09:18:56 PM EST
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