A Friendly Reminder

Could you imagine how big a story it would be if it was discovered that a Republican Congressman had a Chinese spy working on his staff for 20 years?  That’s a question posed, surprisingly, by The Washington Post in an article from August of 2018 with regards to the revelation that Diane Feinstein had just that.  It is now six months later and this story has been completely forgotten.  From that article:

Feinstein acknowledged the infiltration but played down its significance. “Five years ago the FBI informed me it had concerns that an administrative member of my California staff was potentially being sought out by the Chinese government to provide information,” Feinstein said in a statement — which means the breach took place while Feinstein was heading the Intelligence Committee. But, Feinstein insisted, “he never had access to classified or sensitive information or legislative matters” and was immediately fired. In other words: junior staffer, no policy role, no access to secrets, quickly fired — no big deal.

But it is a big deal. I asked several former senior intelligence and law enforcement officials how serious this breach might have been. “It’s plenty serious,” one former top Justice Department official told me. “Focusing on his driver function alone, in Mafia families, the boss’s driver was among the most trusted men in the crew, because among other things he heard everything that was discussed in the car.”

A former top CIA clandestine officer explained to me what the agency would do if it had recruited the driver of a senior official such as Feinstein. “We would have the driver record on his phone all conversations that Feinstein would have with passengers and phone calls in her car. If she left her phone, iPad or laptop in the car while she went to meetings, social events, dinners, etc., we would have the driver download all her devices. If the driver drove for her for 20 years, he would probably would have had access to her office and homes. We would have had the source put down an audio device in her office or homes if the opportunity presented itself. Depending on the take from all of what the source reported, we would use the info to target others that were close to her and exhibited some type of vulnerability.”

“In short,” this officer said, “we would have had a field day.”

This would be nonstop coverage from the mainstream media if it were indeed a Republican Congressman.  Don Lemon would be crying and demanding justice on a nightly basis.  Dig a little deeper and you notice that they certainly try to obfuscate this fact and cover it up.  Snopes.com, whom we are to believe is the bastion of truth, says this claim is unproven.  Because any company that does the fact-checking for Facebook should be blindly believed, right?  But we are a society with an ever decreasing attention span, so once a story leaves the news cycle I guess that means the issue is settled, huh?

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