On December 15th last year, John Robb, writing at his blog 'Global Guerrillas', postulated that the CIA was trying to topple the US government.
There's an electoral coup underway.
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The stealth effort, led by liberals who believe Trump is a danger to the US, has been underway since the election.
That effort only gained traction with Republican electors when the CIA leaked that Russia had intervened in the US election to help Trump win.
Of course, the timing of the CIA's leak wasn't random.
It was something much more sinister. It was an opening salvo by the CIA to actively influence the Electoral College and stop Donald Trump from becoming President.
In other words, the CIA is trying to topple Trump.
Why? Self preservation.
The real reason is that Trump was working with Peter Thiel to corporatize the intelligence gathering of the United States around companies, like Palantir, that can adopt and employ technology much faster and with more efficacy. In other words, Trump is planning to turn the CIA and the NSA into peripheral collection systems.
That was unacceptable to the CIA, an agency with a strong sense of self-importance.
There's more at the link.
At the time, I dismissed Mr. Robb's concerns. Frankly, I thought he'd gone way off into la-la land.
After the events of this past week, with Buzzfeed's 'revelation' of the damning (and completely false) allegations against Mr. Trump, and CNN's barely-disguised support of those allegations, and Mr. Trump's revelation that it was intelligence agencies who were leaking details of his meetings with them, rather than his staff, and Glenn Greenwald's assertion that the 'deep state' has gone to war with President-elect Trump . . . one has to wonder.
Was - and is - Mr. Robb, in fact, correct? Are we seeing an active conspiracy by at least some intelligence professionals to overturn the results of the elections, and prevent Mr. Trump from taking office - or, at least, have him do so with a seriously tarnished and diminished reputation, that will prevent him from acting against those who have inflicted the damage? And is that why Mr. Trump has maintained his own security team, over and above the protection provided by the US Secret Service? Is his own team there to protect him against the machinations of 'deep state' agencies and individuals?
It looks increasingly as if I may owe Mr. Robb an apology.
EDITED TO ADD: I've done a follow-up post with a video of a discussion between Tucker Carlson, of Fox News, and Glenn Greenwald, on the conflict between the 'deep state' and President-elect Trump. It adds more fuel to the fire.