In a 11 January 2017 The Intercept post, Glenn Greewald weighted in on the farcical intelligence ‘leaks’ controversy – the title: The Deep State Goes to War With President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer. The article begins quite dramatically:
In January 1961, Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” That warning was issued prior to the decadelong escalation of the Vietnam War, three more decades of Cold War mania, and the post-9/11 era, all of which radically expanded that unelected faction’s power even further.
This is the faction that is now engaged in open warfare against the duly elected and already widely disliked president-elect, Donald Trump. They are using classic Cold War dirty tactics and the defining ingredients of what has until recently been denounced as “Fake News.”
A bit further on Greenwald writes:
But cheering for the CIA and its shadowy allies to unilaterally subvert the U.S. election and impose its own policy dictates on the elected president is both warped and self-destructive. Empowering the very entities that have produced the most shameful atrocities and systemic deceit over the last six decades is desperation of the worst kind. Demanding that evidence-free, anonymous assertions be instantly venerated as Truth — despite emanating from the very precincts designed to propagandize and lie — is an assault on journalism, democracy, and basic human rationality. And casually branding domestic adversaries who refuse to go along as traitors and disloyal foreign operatives is morally bankrupt and certain to backfire on those doing it.
Beyond all that, there is no bigger favor that Trump opponents can do for him than attacking him with such lowly, shabby, obvious shams, recruiting large media outlets to lead the way. When it comes time to expose actual Trump corruption and criminality, who is going to believe the people and institutions who have demonstrated they are willing to endorse any assertions no matter how factually baseless, who deploy any journalistic tactic no matter how unreliable and removed from basic means of ensuring accuracy?
Greenwald has his heart in the right place, unfortunately he misses the big picture. Not unlike those Trump opponents he criticizes he has fallen for the oldest game in the intelligence community playbook – misdirection.
The whole ‘leak’ controversy is set up to give the public the impression that there is actually a conflict between what the ‘deep state’ wants and what a Trump as president wants. That there is some great difference between a Hillary Clinton presidency and a Trump presidency. That there was actually a legitimate choice between the two 2016 presidential candidates which might essentially differ in the overall US policy game.
There was NOT – except perhaps in degree.
Greenwald noted, ‘There is a real danger here that this maneuver can harshly backfire, to the great benefit of Trump and to the great detriment of those who want to oppose him.’ That isn’t a ‘backfire’ – that is the design. That is the grand deception being played out with this whole ridiculous ‘leak’ controversy.
And Greenwald has fallen for it just as much as the leftists he’s so unhinged about. The controversy is that there should be no controversy – because there is is proof that the intelligence community has another mission accomplished.