On Monday, CNN released a blistering report accusing President Donald Trump of causing the emergency extraction of a spy in Russia.
The story, however, was purposely biased and a bit of a sham — and according to Fox News, former CIA analyst Buck Sexton stated it was crafted in such a manner that “was just meant to get Trump.”
According to the original CNN story, the asset was pulled out of Russia due to Trump being too loose with intelligence information.
The report stated Trump had shared “highly classified information” with the Russians during a meeting at the White House.
Because of this, a “person directly involved in the discussion” stated that this was more or less the final factor in deciding to remove the spy.
The Real Story
After the story was published, the CIA immediately pushed back on the account as it was written on CNN. The agency immediately made this statement regarding the CNN report:
“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. 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.”
The fact was the agency had been looking at pulling this spy out since Obama was in office. Due to the fact that this asset and several others had been cooperating with the United States for some time, they believed it was probably time to remove them from operations.
When reports about Russian election meddling were made public, those concerns grew even more. As Sexton stated, this is an ethical issue above all else.
The story of an American spy being successfully extracted IS a big story, but to purposely turn it into a hit job against Trump is just shameful and reckless.
Make no mistake about it, this is CNN trying to portray Trump as someone who is careless with intelligence information in the network’s effort to harm his re-election chances.
While the CIA did comment on the CNN report, the agency provided no further information other than to say the asset’s whereabouts are unknown.