CIA Director BLASTS Chuck Schumer on Russian Intelligence
The CIA has worked with covert ops from enemy countries since its inception.
The cat and mouse games that are played are dangerous, but necessary. And those meetings continue.
According to CNN,
CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently met with his Russian counterparts when they traveled to the US, according to US ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman.
Russian media is reporting those who met with Pompeo may have included the country’s sanctioned spy chief, Sergey Naryshkin.
Talks between top US and Russian intelligence officials occurred just days before Pompeo once again warned that Russia will attempt to meddle in the 2018 US midterm elections and the Trump administration released a sweeping list of prominent Russian political and business figures in defiance of Moscow.
While neither US nor Russian officials explicitly said that Pompeo and Naryshkin met, both sides confirmed that talks occurred between intelligence counterparts and Russia’s US ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, said that Naryshkin made a trip to the US for discussions.
Speaking on the Russia 1 TV channel, Antonov said that even during the “hardest times,” contacts between the special services have continued.
“Politics is politics, work is work. There are political proclamations, there is real work,” he said. “You probably remember that Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin] called Donald Trump and thanked him for help, for the information that was received through the line with the CIA, and thanks to that [we] were able to prevent a horrible act of terrorism in St Petersburg.”
— Zachary Cohen (@ZcohenCNN) February 1, 2018
As Pompeo points out, Chuck Schumer knows nothing about how clandestine agencies work. And the idea of meeting with Russians as some sort of anti-American activity is ridiculous. This is the same tactic the Left pulled on Trump’s team.
Recall when the Democrats accused former Senator Jeff Sessions of meeting with Russians when he appeared at functions where Russians were in attendance. The response from Republicans was to show Schumer meeting with various Russians, a part of the job of Senators.
To be clear, almost every government spies on other governments. So everyone is an enemy of the everyone else, if that’s the barometer. And Obama may have been the most egregious president, when it comes to spying.
Despite promises to stop spying on U.S. allies, new reporting on Tuesday revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) under President Barack Obama continued to surveil friendly heads of state, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The exclusive investigation by the Wall Street Journal revealed that Obama ramped up the surveillance of top Israeli officials late in his first term out of concern that the Middle East ally would try to derail a future nuclear agreement with Iran.
Keep in mind this news came after Obama promised to stop spying on allies.
As Reuters reported almost a year prior to the new revelation, Obama promised not to spy on allies.
In a major speech, Obama took steps to reassure Americans and foreigners alike that the United States will take into account privacy concerns highlighted by former spy contractor Snowden’s damaging disclosures about the sweep of monitoring activities of the National Security Agency (NSA).
“The reforms I‘m proposing today should give the American people greater confidence that their rights are being protected, even as our intelligence and law enforcement agencies maintain the tools they need to keep us safe,” he said.
While the address was designed to fend off concerns that U.S. surveillance has gone too far, Obama’s measures fell short of dismantling U.S. electronic spying programs.
Another Obama promise broken.
So we have Chuck Schumer commenting on meetings with the Russians, but he says nothing when Obama spied on allies? Was Obama’s goal to turn our allies into our enemies? Many Americans say yes.