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CNN “Anonymous Sources” spread fake news about CIA, Russian Spy & Trump (Video)

CNN “Anonymous Sources” spread fake news about CIA, Russian Spy & Trump (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the debunked CNN report that the CIA had “successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government.”  The New York Times reported that the “longtime source landed an influential position that came with access to the highest level of the Kremlin.”

Russian media outlets reported that the “Russian spy” could be someone named Oleg Smolenkov, who supposedly worked for the government. Elena Krylova, Spokesperson for the head of the Russian Presidential Administrative Directorate, told TASS that Mr. Smolenkov “never worked for the Administrative Directorate of the President of the Russian Federation.”

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Via RT…

A high-level US spy inside the Russian government was evacuated in 2017 due to fears he could be exposed by President Donald Trump, CNN claimed in a report the White House, Moscow and the CIA have all rejected as fake news.

US intelligence “successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government” in mid-2017, the network reported citing anonymous sources described as “multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge” of the secret mission.

The operation was supposedly launched after the May 2017 visit to the White House of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, over concerns that Trump and his administration “repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy,” in CNN’s words.

During the meeting Trump reportedly shared with Lavrov and Kislyak “highly classified intelligence” about Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Syria, provided by Israel. The CIA challenged that claim, however.

“CNN’s narrative that the Central Intelligence Agency makes life-or-death decisions based on anything other than objective analysis and sound collection is simply false,” said Brittany Bramell, the CIA director of public affairs. “Misguided speculation that the President’s handling of our nation’s most sensitive intelligence—which he has access to each and every day—drove an alleged exfiltration operation is inaccurate.”

That seemed to be good enough for Trump himself, who told reporters on Monday that “whatever the CIA responded [with] is fine with me. I know nothing.”

However, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said that “CNN’s reporting is not only incorrect, it has the potential to put lives in danger.”

Media outlets in Russia immediately began speculating as to the identity of the alleged mole, quickly settling on Oleg Smolenkov, state advisor of the third class who had worked at the Russian embassy in Washington before 2010. Smolenkov took his wife and three children on vacation to Montenegro on July 14, 2017, whereupon they vanished without a trace. The police have been investigating their disappearance as possible murder.

The story about a high-level US “mole” in the Kremlin reads like a plot of a Tom Clancy novel and relies on anonymous sources and classified information, so it cannot be independently verified.

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Russian Senator Franz Klintsevich, deputy head of the Defense and Security Committee, dismissed CNN’s story as “fake” and “carrying out orders for another attempt to discredit Trump,” according to TASS.

Most of the US mainstream media outlets spent the past three years promoting the notorious ‘Russiagate’ conspiracy theory on behalf of the Democrats, and have refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing even though special counsel Robert Mueller failed to find anything to incriminate the president after a two-year investigation.

Moreover, CNN and MSNBC have hired a number of former intelligence officials, whose fingerprints have been all over ‘Russiagate,’ as anti-Trump pundits.

Journalist Aaron Mate called the whole thing “fishy,” noting that there is a history of leaks from the intelligence community to “create a false link” between Trump and Russia, advance the ‘Russiagate’ narrative, and then blame Trump for the supposed vulnerability of these alleged sources.

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Richard Andersn

The ‘Fredo Effect’ has saturated CNN…the ‘talent’ wasn’t much to cheer about at any point but the last 3 years….the product of the effort has devolved from embarrassing to cringeworthy.

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Crap News Network. It’s getting really tiring hearing about them. They really should be drawn and quartered for the crap they spread to a juvenile, unsuspecting and thoroughly naive audience. Honest. I really mean it.

A true American lobotomy at work. Of course, they have help. It’s a communal operating room.

Pierre Vaillant
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Pierre Vaillant

“Oleg Smolenkov”?
Sounds made up.

Extractions Inc
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Extractions Inc

Another story extracted from CNN’s ass about something or other.

Perfidy Squared
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Perfidy Squared

This is the perfidious behavior the world has to contend witth these days. CNN’s just one in a crowd.

“The Netherlands says DPR’s Tsemakh is now a MH17 crash suspect”

They had every opportunity to question him while in Ukrainian custody, or for the Ukrainians to present him for questioning.

Why didn’t they? Why, because he had nothing of value for them. His only value was to be accused AFTER he was beyond their reach. Convenient, eh?

These people are so transparent, they’d make a good glass menagerie and do double duty as the occupants too.

Perfidy Squared
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Perfidy Squared

Oh, so the plot thickens:

“Prior to his release, Tsemakh was interrogated by Dutch prosecutors.”

Rachel Maddow
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Rachel Maddow

Zelensky is on the Kremlin’s payroll. Tune in to my program on Friday and it will all be exposed.

john vieira
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Soon they will be as anonymous as their “sources”…

Wish Upon a Star
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Wish Upon a Star

The propagandistic ether will eventually swallow them whole.

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