Russian President Vladmir Putin watches the judo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Conservative website The Daily Caller has published a thorough analysis of the Washington Post's report accusing Jared Kushner of requesting a secret, secure line of communication with Russia so the incoming Trump administration could talk to the Russians without any interference from the Obama administration. It's worth your time to read it completely, but here are some key quotes:
WaPo also claimed American intelligence agencies discovered the ploy through an intercepted open phone call by Kislyak to Moscow. Observers have noted that Kislyak, a seasoned spy, made the phone call on an “open line,” and therefore knew it was likely to be intercepted.
To date, there has been no independent verification the letter is real or that WaPo’s description of its contents is accurate. The Washington Post editors also never explain why they withheld the letter.
Why would they withhold it? Sure, there may be reasons to do so in order to protect a source, but if the letter is anonymous, that's not a possible excuse. In any case, on we go:
The story is weakened further since its reporters only cite unnamed government officials to confirm the anonymous letter’s charges.
“I don’t know who leaked this information, but just think about it this way — you’ve got the ambassador of Russia reporting back to Moscow on an open channel, ‘Hey, Jared Kushner’s going to move into the embassy,'” Graham said on CNN.
Former U.S. Attorney Joseph DiGenova told TheDCNF other unreleased parts of the letter could undermine the credibility of the author and discredit the allegations about Kushner.
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a nonpartisan government watchdog group dedicated to openness and transparency, said he thought there could be references that show the letter’s author had a partisan agenda, which WaPo reporters wanted to hide.
The Washington Post isn't the only establishment newspaper throwing out the old rules of journalism in order to discredit the Trump White House:
Another issue testing the credibility of mainstream news organizations is a May 16 New York Times article claiming a memo former FBI Director James Comey wrote revealed President Donald Trump asked him to drop his investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
But The NYTimes never possessed the Comey memo. According to the newspaper, “The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of it to a Times reporter.”
In other words, the NYT published its report on the memo without knowing whether it actually existed. Mr. Comey's "associates" could have simply been making it up; the NYT wouldn't know. Still, they ran with it.
But why would they do so? Obviously, because to them, the number one mission is to create chaos and discord. Ironically, by doing so, they are the ones who seem to serve Putin's interests; their goals are aligned with those of the Kremlin, whose number one foreign policy goal is to create distrust in the West -- not only among Western countries but also in individual nations.
Putin must be waking up every day laughing out loud because of the "great job" the New York Times and Washington Post are doing. He gets a spy to let something slip over a public line and a short while later, he can read all about it in the American press, who seem to be as determined as he is to weaken the current administration. In his wildest dreams, he probably never thought he'd have such reliable allies. Or, as Lenin used to call folks like this: useful idiots.