National Security blogger Marcy Wheeler revealed her source to the FBI according to a blog post on her site posted last week. She admitted that this broke the cardinal rules of journalism but she also said she didn’t regret doing it.
Here is why she revealed her source:
What exactly did the source do to deserve outing to the FBI, in her view? Wheeler is circumspect in describing that.
Her blog post centers on a text message she says she got from the source on Nov. 9, 2016 – about 14 hours after the polls closed – predicting that Michael Flynn, who would be Trump’s appointee for national security adviser, would be meeting with “Team Al-Assad” within 48 hours.Russia has been perhaps the Assad regime’s staunchest ally.
As she noted: “The substance of the text – that the Trump team started focusing on Syria right after the election – has been corroborated and tied to their discussions with Russia at least twice since then.”
Wheeler won’t say when she went to the FBI other than that it was in 2017. In December 2017, Flynn flipped, pleading guilty to one count of lying to the FBI about his contact with the Russian government during the presidential transition; Trump had fired him in February.
In addition to the knowledge of her source’s inside information, Wheeler said, she had reason to believe that the source was involved with efforts to compromise her website and other communications. And perhaps most important, that he was involved in cyberattacks – past and future – that had done and could do real harm to innocent people.
Wheeler, who has written blog posts about national security for almost 15 years, is clear that she wasn’t motivated to talk to the FBI because she is out to get Trump. She certainly doesn’t like him, but she is also not at all a Hillary Clinton fan.
But what motivated her recent revelation that she went to the FBI has plenty to do with politics: She is disgusted by the way House Republicans are, in her view, weaponizing their oversight responsibilities and making it all too likely that FBI informants will have their names revealed – and their safety threatened.
“It infuriates me,” she wrote, to observe the “months-long charade by the House GOP to demand more and more details about those who have shared information with the government . . . all in an attempt to discredit the Mueller investigation.”
The summary of this is simple. We basically have a journalist, someone who is supposed to be the fourth estate working with the government to take down, members of an administration that the journalist doesn’t like.
Of course, the Mainstream Media is excluding the fact that she campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean in 2004, and is a former vice chairwoman of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party.
Blogger reveals source to FBI, claims Trump campaign had ties to Russia https://t.co/9OmHTsYU2E
— Jacob Palmieri (@jakepalmieri) July 9, 2018