White House and CIA blast CNN over false reporting on Russian Spy extraction; NY Times calls them out too!

Yesterday CNN ran with a story that said the US pulled a major spy out of Russia in 2017 after Trump mishandled classified information:

FOX NEWS – CNN is standing by its reporting that the U.S. pulled its source from Russia in 2017, in part out of concern that the Trump administration had “repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.”

According to the report by CNN chief national correspondent and former Obama administration official Jim Sciutto, the decision to carry out the extraction “occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. The intelligence, concerning ISIS in Syria, had been provided by Israel.”

The disclosure “prompted intelligence officials to renew earlier discussions about the potential risk of exposure,” CNN reported.

But the White House and the CIA blasted CNN, saying the reporting is both incorrect and dangerous:

“CNN’s reporting is not only incorrect, it has the potential to put lives in danger,” Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

…Both the White House and the CIA slammed the reporting, with the latter calling the reporting “misguided” and “simply false.”

“CNN’s narrative that the Central Intelligence Agency makes life-or-death decisions based on anything other than objective analysis and sound collection is simply false,” CIA Director for Public Affairs Brittany Bramell said in the agency’s statement.

Bramwell continued: “Misguided speculation that the President’s handling of our nation’s most sensitive intelligence — which he has access to each and every day — drove an alleged exfiltration operation is inaccurate.”

But it wasn’t just the White House and the CIA rebuking CNN.

The New York Times also contradicted CNN’s story:

The New York Times also published a piece late in the evening, which largely contradicted CNN’s story. According to the Times, CIA officials “made the arduous decision in late 2016 to offer to extract the source from Russia” — weeks before Trump took office.

Concerns about media reporting on Russian election interference drove the decision, according to the Times, which described the source as “the American government’s best insight into the thinking of and orders” from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Former intelligence officials said there was no public evidence that Mr. Trump directly endangered the source, and other current American officials insisted that media scrutiny of the agency’s sources alone was the impetus for the extraction,” the Times wrote.

And here’s something else to add to this:

Other holes surfaced in CNN’s reporting. Commentator Aaron Mate pointed out in a Twitter thread that several major news organizations had previously cited a high-level official in the Russian government as a source — suggesting that the intelligence community itself, not Trump, had compromised the spy.

For example, The Washington Post reported in June 2017 of “‘sourcing deep inside the Russian government’ — so deep that it purportedly ‘captured Putin’s specific instructions’ to launch a pro-Trump influence campaign,” Mate noted.

And the Times reported in August 2018 of “anonymous intel officials complaining that their ‘vital Kremlin informants have largely gone silent.'” But “if these Kremlin informants are so vital, why are U.S. intel officials talking about them?” Mate asked.

Looks like CNN royally blew it on this one. But there’s nothing really surprising about this.

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25 thoughts on “White House and CIA blast CNN over false reporting on Russian Spy extraction; NY Times calls them out too!

    1. …and her handler, John Podesta, who gave away his login info to a foreign hacker….it staggers the mind how everyone forgets about this!

    2. The Hagfish was my first thought when I saw the headline and that was “So CNN’s Hillary pimps want to complain about Trump mishandling sensitive material? My, how hypocritical of them.”

  1. They should be sued for libel and treasonous slander. This is the only way to stop this. Free press is one thing. Undermining the Republic is another and we have laws to protect against this.

  2. CNN’s Jim Sciutto, formerly in the Obama administration, reported that the CIA extracted a Russian asset in 2017 because they claimed Trump unable to handle classified information (though evidence proves the obama/clinton regime’s mishandling of virtually everything). But the Times said the CIA offered to extract the asset in 2016, well before Trump took office; the mole rejected it but left in 2017 with growing media lies about Russian meddling in the election, which had nothing to do with Trump, other than the MSM’s hatred toward him.

    Broken down, the media compromised the safety of a CIA spy in Russia and the obama administration and its “intelligence” agencies, believing that Hillary would win, but lost, had to cover their rear-ends before Trump took office or We The People would know how corrupt they are….TOO LATE! WE ALREADY KNOW. Truth cannot be suppressed. We may never know all of the truth about the corrupt obama years, but we know enough to fuel the mob of voters who vow never to permit a regime like obama’s again.

    1. IKR? Didn’t think there was a lie too big for the NYT to swallow. Must be too much evidence for them to spin it their way.

  3. You’re telling me that Don Lemmon, Chris “Fredo” Cuomo, Anderson “Vanderbuilt” Cooper, Kate Bolduan, Brooke Baldwin, Wolf Blitzer, and S.E. Cupp are all full of sh*t? Say it ain’t so.

  4. Excuse me, but since when does CNN care about America’s intelligence resources? The only reason this is a story is due to the Trump collusion angle they attempted to put on it.

    The neighborhood gossip is far more accurate and less deceptive than CNN. That’s right. I’d rather trust a known gossip than CNN’s “news”.

  5. CNN is fake news; we all know it. Their ratings are dismal. Not only do they report fake news about all that goes on in the world (one might think they were owned by a mooslum), but their town halls have helped no democrats, whom they claim to support!

    IF there are any intelligent democrats running for POTUS, they will refuse further CNN “town halls,” which have done nothing to help any of the candidates, destroying moderately radical democrats, exposing them as downright conservative by comparison to other democrats, but also these town halls force the far left radicals to lie more than they already do. Either way, the parasitic organization that is CNN helps no one. No surprise.

  6. “According to the report by CNN chief national correspondent and former Obama administration official Jim Sciutto…”

    The words in bold… all you need to understand this is FAKE NEWS.

  7. These armed left-wingnut hacks are going to get innocent people killed…all for their agenda, and we know who started that agenda.

  8. So when is the USA going to pull their license. We cannot allow their reckless, careless and dangerous propaganda to start a nuclear war.

  9. CNN has been trying to shipwreck themselves & yet somehow they still seem afloat. Something must be done about their lying reckless reporting.

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