I'm sure by now most of my readers have heard of the latest revelations from Wikileaks concerning the CIA. I won't bother to repeat them here. If you missed them, see these reports:
- Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed
- Wikileaks Unveils 'Vault 7': "The Largest Ever Publication Of Confidential CIA Documents"; Another Snowden Emerges
- WikiLeaks publishes massive trove of CIA spying documents in 'Vault 7' release
- WikiLeaks claims MI5 and CIA targeted iPhones, Microsoft and turned Samsung TVs into microphones in global hacking programme
- Wikileaks: CIA 'Stole' Russian Malware, Uses It to ‘Misdirect Attribution’ of Cyber Attacks
One thing to take away from these revelations, if they're true (which has yet to be established, of course), is that the CIA may have had sufficient copies of Russian and former Soviet computer malware to disguise any of its own activities as Russian, rather than US, operations. If that's the case, it will blow wide open allegations that Russia tried to influence the US elections last year. How will we know whether it was, in fact, Russia . . . or an organ or operatives of the 'deep state' in the USA, pretending to be Russian? Clearly, such suspicions may play into Russia's hands, but what if they're more than just suspicions? What if there's at least some fact behind them?
Furthermore, this will shed new light on the leaks of important information that have plagued the Trump administration since it assumed office. What if those leaks are deliberately coming from US intelligence organs that see the administration as a threat to their continued influence, if not their very survival in their present form? There's more than enough information, from both mainstream and 'fringe' sources, to suggest an ongoing conflict exists between the intelligence 'establishment' and the Trump administration. For a few (out of many possible) examples, follow these links:
- Donald Trump Plans Revamp of Top U.S. Spy Agency
- Trump’s War Against Intelligence
- Intelligence figures fear Trump reprisals over assessment of Russia election role
- This is treason: Intelligence community working against President Trump in move to end American democracy
- Evan McMullin: President Donald Trump Is a ‘Domestic Enemy’
- The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn
It's also noteworthy that at least one former senior intelligence operative, John R. Schindler, who blogs at The 20 Committee, has come out flatly and stated that there is 'something close to all-out war between the president and the country's spies'. He speaks of agents and agencies who are in an 'ongoing skirmish' with the White House, and claims:
Our Intelligence Community is so worried by the unprecedented problems of the Trump administration—not only do senior officials possess troubling ties to the Kremlin, there are nagging questions about basic competence regarding Team Trump—that it is beginning to withhold intelligence from a White House which our spies do not trust.
Mr. Schindler is clearly a virulent opponent of Donald Trump, as evidenced by his political commentary, most recently over the treatment of Carryn Owens by the President. I think his comments reveal his personal opinions and political convictions very clearly, and speak for themselves.
The question now, in the light of the latest Wikileaks revelations, is whether 'our spies' are themselves worthy of trust? To quote Alice in Wonderland, "Curiouser and curiouser . . ."