I’m not going to lie. I’m very leery about posting on this story, considering the Washington Post’s history of running with unverified fake news. So I waited a bit to see if Trump would immediately start firing off tweets. He didn’t.
To me, that’s reason enough to discuss it. That’s a tell of damage control mode.
So why I am I questioning the report? There’s one aspect that seems ludicrous to me. Somebody with a sufficiently high security clearance–the unnamed source–was apparently aware of this information, somehow learned that it was divulged, and then himself/herself divulged it to the Washington Post. This person was so outraged about intelligence being leaked by Trump that he/she….leaked it and then had to beg the Washington Post not to publish it.
Huh? That would be a bit like one of my kids catching me smoking in the house and setting the carpet on fire to draw attention to what I did.
Some of our readers will make this observation: “There you go again. Defending Trump by making it all about the leakers and not the damning information that they’re providing to the public. You asshole.”
Fine. Let’s assume that this story is accurate.
If so, it’s Trump’s most colossal fuck-up to date. If there was any information that he gave to Lavrov and Kislayek that wasn’t already publicly known, it may not have been illegal but it was outrageously stupid.
The nation that provided the intelligence is going to raise a shit-fit and it only worsens the perception that Trump is in the tank for the Russians at the exact moment when he shouldn’t have been feeding that perception in any way.
Do you want a special prosecutor sniffing around for the next four years, Mr. President? Because that is how you get a special prosecutor. For Trump’s sake, I would hope that this was an effort to bust a leaker, but I doubt it. But I wouldn’t be surprised if we see someone get fired shortly to try to make that point.
Let’s watch how this develops and talk about it in the comments. You might get to see me go from skeptical to credulous in real time!