New document release ties former FBI chief to Spygate leakers
An unexpected document dump by the FBI has revealed the Justice Department investigated former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as a suspect for leaking classified intel in the SpyGate scandal.
According to the document released by the DoJ, McCabe appears to have been identified as of one four key SpyGate leakers inside the upper echelons of law enforcement.
Without any prior warning, the Department of Justice suddenly released the bombshell report this week that hints at the identity of the person that committed a significant leak of classified information that has led to a criminal investigation, a conviction, and possibly an upcoming exoneration.
Over recent months, a lot of groundwork has been laid by shady FBI/DoJ officials through the use of “strategic leaking” to undermine the process of justice.
The Epoch Times defines “strategic leaking” as:
“A strategic leak is when a highly placed government official leaks classified or privileged information to the media to obtain a specific politicized outcome.
“During the course of the past 2 1/2 years, strategic leaking has been used to target, for instance, Gen. Michael Flynn and Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.
“A lot of what is currently being referred to as ‘SpyGate’ revolves around government officials using anonymous leaks to place these men under suspicion, so that the FBI and other federal agencies could then act to launch investigations based on the media reports for which these selfsame officials were the anonymous sources.
“The circular nature of this activity is obvious, and it’s one of the reasons that SpyGate is such a growing scandal, as more evidence of these kinds of leaks is made public.”
According to the Epoch Times, the general framework of how the strategic leaking was used to start investigations of selected targets has been known for some time.
Who the targets were and what was leaked to place them under suspicion has long been a matter of public record.
The next step in the logical progression of this unfolding SpyGate drama, after learning who the targets were and what was leaked to allow the investigations to start, would be to learn who the leakers themselves are.
It appears we are now at the point that this evidence can begin to be rolled out into the public arena.
On the morning of October 15, the Justice Department released 341 pages from the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility’s report on Andrew McCabe.
If you’ll recall, this is the report that resulted in McCabe, then the FBI’s #2 official, being summarily fired by Jeff Sessions back in March of this year.
The official story up until now has been that McCabe was investigated by the Inspector General solely for an unauthorized media leak in October of 2016 to the Wall Street Journal.
That leak exposed a big disagreement between the DOJ and the FBI about how to proceed with the investigation of the Clinton Foundation after the laptop of former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, a Democrat, was discovered.
This is what makes Monday morning’s release of the FBI OPR’s report on McCabe so stunning. Right there on page seven, we find that McCabe was also being investigated for making a leak to the media about President Donald Trump and Lt. General Michael Flynn.
For over a year and a half, since January 2017, the question has hung in the air: who leaked the classified intelligence report containing the summary of General Michael Flynn’s phone calls with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to David Ignatius at the Washington Post?
That leak directly resulted in Flynn being investigated by the FBI and then charged with perjury.
Flynn pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing, which is currently scheduled for November 28.
It now appears that the mysterious leaker was very likely Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
Ignatius’ column appeared in the Washington Post on January 12, 2017.
Page 7 of the 341 pages from the FBI’s OPR report states that someone overheard a conversation in early February 2017 in which it was claimed McCabe had made a recent unauthorized disclosure to the news media about General Flynn and President Trump.
Then in March 2017, this report was made to the FBI’s OPA office and a decision to investigate the claim was approved.
This March 2017 report is being made five months AFTER the leak McCabe made to the Wall Street Journal.
So it’s clear there are at least two separate leaks involved here and the leaks dealt with very different subjects.
And this is the first public evidence directly tying Andrew McCabe to a leak about Michael Flynn.
Recall who was sent by the FBI to investigate General Flynn about those phone calls to the Russian ambassador?
It was none other than former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, a name that should be well known to anyone by now who has followed all the twists and turns of this growing scandal.
If it turns out the Deputy Director of the FBI illegally leaked classified information to the news media to make Trump’s National Security Adviser the target of an FBI investigation, an investigation that was run by an FBI agent who’s since been fired for showing politically motivated bias, that’s one hell of a plot twist, isn’t it?