Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Morality Of A Master Spy

They do call it the world's second oldest profession, but that's a pretty close call:


  1. I may be the only person who couldn’t remember just who David Kramer was, so I went looking:

    David Kramer, the John McCain aide who leaked the discredited Christopher Steele dossier on President Trump, testified in a libel case that he spread the unsubstantiated anti-Trump material all over Washington during the presidential transition.

    Mr. Kramer, a former State Department official and a Trump detractor, leaked dossier material to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post’s Fred Hiatt, CNN’s Carl Bernstein, National Public Radio, McClatchy news service and others, he said.

    But his most momentous meeting was with Ken Bensinger of BuzzFeed. In Washington during the Christmas holidays, he let Mr. Bensinger read the dossier. He then stepped away.

  2. Fiona Hill, in her impeachment testimony, said she thought Steele was very smart, and also observed that Steele was always “looking to drum up business".

  3. Steele was always “looking to drum up business".

    IOW, he was selling himself. Which would place him squarely within the ranks of "the world's oldest profession."

    1. Well, he did suck at the "second oldest profession," but it didn't pay as well.


  4. Exactly. To the highest bidder….or maybe to any bidder?

  5. Just saw Trump was forced to cancel the Florida convention, due to high cases in Florida.

    How easy would it be for Covid carriers to go there and seed Jacksonville and other places?

    Any bets?


  6. The name of one think tank keeps popping up, here, there and everywhere - whether it’s Ben Wittes/Lawfare, Fiona, Igor...

    Brookings Institution: A Key Collusion Collaborator
    The liberal think tank helped perpetrate one of the biggest frauds in political history on the American people.

  7. From the AG article on Brookings:

    According to reporting by the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross, Talbott, a longtime Clinton loyalist, called Steele in August 2016 to inquire about his Trump dirt-digging project. They connected again a few days before the election. “Steele telephone[s] Talbott on 2nd or 3rd November 2016, and Talbott asks for copies of the memoranda to discuss with John Kerry and other officials at the State Department,” court documents revealed.

    Steele followed up with Talbott days later. “Dear Strobe, I know this is not straight forward but we need to discuss the package we delivered to you the other week, and sooner the better,” Steele texted Talbott on November 12, 2016. “What you thought of it, what you did with it, how we (both) should handle it and the issue it highlights going forward etc.”

    It’s unknown what Talbott did with the dossier next. As Ross pointed out, Fiona Hill, Trump’s onetime Russia advisor and later an impeachment witness, testified that Talbott showed her a copy of the dossier in January 2017; Hill was a director at Brookings at the time. (Talbott left Brookings in October 2017.)

    Talk about a tangled web!