Wonderful dustup twixt Trump and CNN today. Trump refused their question and called their organization Fake News today in a press conference. That is certainly atypical for a presidential presser.
Apparently CNN went first last night with a story that the Russians had blackmail material on Trump and then told everyone where to find the scandalous potential blackmail material over at Buzzfeed. ( I always thought blackmail only works if you do not release it first. ) Buzzfeed allegedly purports to have a classified doc from the presidential security briefing wherein a Russian source confirms, among other things, they have secret footage of Donald hiring hookers to piss on a bed where Obama slept in the Ritz Carlton in Russia.
But the stuff in those docs allegedly started as a bizarre internet fiction writing last year, it got picked up by a former MI6 guy doing opposition research against Trump at the time and later allegedly fed to John McCain as this former MI6 guys secret sleuthing info. McCain has allegedly admitted getting it from this chap and passing it to FBI. Someone apparently added parts to the original fiction article about getting it from Russian intelligence sources and secret recordings etc.
That whole backstory came out all over the internet…….
So now everyone is blaming everyone and running for cover and credibility. CNN is claiming their info about the doc in the briefing comes from “multiple sources” and “four sources”. They use the number of unnamed anonymous sources to rebut a conflicting report from NBC that used only “one source”. The old “I have more unnamed anonymous sources than you have” credibility measure.
All of this is a pure distraction. The real issue here is how does anyone know what was discussed in a top secret classified presidential briefing ? Much less how do “multiple” or “four” or maybe five people have info to share on this. If the press were telling the truth and this many people with actual knowledge of a classified presidential security briefing were talking to the press about what was said and presented in that meeting this would be scandal beyond measure for intelligence organizations and classified data policies.
I still have more faith in our intelligence organizations than that. Pravda was never this bad.