The US corporate press was abuzz with front page, top stories today about the disagreement between incoming president Trump and some figures from the CIA and other intelligence agencies regarding the leaking of facts about Hillary Clinton, which some in the US speculate caused her to lose the election.
Some US establishment figures claim the information was stolen and released by Russia, while Wikileaks and several others have made contrary claims, which Trump in some cases has highlighted.
London’s The Independent today also reported on a discrepancy between the US president and the CIA. However, this one was from 2003 and was between the CIA and the Bush regime. In this case, a CIA team had obtained information that Saddam Hussein did not have WMD. (Hussein’s supposed possession of WMD was the pretext for the illegal US invasion of Iraq.)
The Bush regime thus refused to be debriefed by this CIA team until 2008, causing disgust among CIA agents.
This 2003 disagreement between a president and an intelligence agency seems to have been much less publicized by the US corporate press and establishment than the one between Trump and intelligence figures today.
One of the biggest differences between the two disagreements seems to be that widely publicizing the one from 2003 would have undermined the hostile and aggressive atmosphere that was being promoted in the US (in that case towards Iraq), whereas widely publicizing the disagreement today promotes hostility and aggression towards Russia.
US Corporate Press Selectively Publicizes Disagreements between CIA, President was originally published on Washington's Blog