A Conspiracy Theory? Did Vindman Leak Info About Delay of Aid to Ukraine to Politico; Same Article Schiff Used to Kick-Off Scandal

Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a military officer at the National Security Council, center, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, to appear before a House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Committee on Oversight and Reform joint interview with the transcript to be part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)


On Monday, investigative journalist Paul Sperry tweeted that, “BREAKING: Suspicions grow on Hill that Vindman was the source of leak of suspension of US aid story to , whose national security beat is now controlled by Intelligence Community embed Natasha Bertrand, who has links to radical globalist organizations.”

Politico’s Natasha Bertrand is listed as a contributor to the Politico story cited above. According to the article, a senior administration official has told them that much needed military aid to Ukraine is being “slow-walked” because President Trump wants to make sure the money is being used in the best interest of the United States.

The senior administration official, who asked to remain anonymous in order to discuss internal matters, said the president wants to ensure U.S. interests are being prioritized when it comes to foreign assistance, and is seeking assurances that other countries are “paying their fair share.”

Later that day, Adam Schiff tweets the Politico article and writes, “Trump is withholding vital military aid to Ukraine, while his personal lawyer seeks help from the Ukraine government to investigate his political opponent. It doesn’t take a stable genius to see the magnitude of this conflict. Or how destructive it is to our national security.”

Is it possible that Vindman and Schiff were in cahoots? Vindman plants an article, and then Schiff runs with it? It’s a perfect illustration of circular reporting.

The deep state is familiar with the use of circular reporting. In September 2016, Christopher Steele told Yahoo News reporter Michael Isikoff about the infamous dossier. Isikoff then broke the story. The FBI went to apply to the FISA Court for the warrant to spy on Carter Page, using Steele’s unverified dossier as the basis for their application, they used Isikoff’s article to corroborate it, when in fact, Steele had been his source.

As we know, Schiff has been very protective of the whistleblower’s anonymity throughout the proceedings, but he appears to be excessively so when Vindman testifies.

Vindman is widely believed to be the whistleblower’s source. Surely, he and the CIA analyst believed to be the whistleblower, Eric Ciaramella, know each other from Ciaramella’s detail with the National Security Council. During Vindman’s closed-door testimony, he admitted he was so upset over President Trump’s call with President Zelensky, he shared the readout with several others. When Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) asked him who was included in that group, Schiff immediately shut down questioning. He did the same thing today when Reps. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) asked whom Vindman had shared the readout with.

Moreover, the alleged whistleblower had connections to members of Schiff’s staff. Schiff hired two of Eric Ciaramella’s National Security Council colleagues this year. Abigail Grace took a position with Schiff in February and Sean Misko, in August. And we already know the whistleblower was in contact with at least one of Schiff’s staff members before he filed his complaint.

On September 9, Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, frustrated by acting DNI Joseph Maguire’s failure to alert Congress of the whistleblower’s complaint, sent a letter to several lawmakers including Schiff. Full of self-righteousness, Schiff immediately sent a letter to Maguire accusing him of breaking the law and demanding to see the complaint, which set off the whole chain of events leading to the impeachment inquiry.

It’s not crazy to think that Schiff, Vindman, Ciaramella, and Atkinson could have been “in on it.” They are all creatures of the deep state. I posted about Atkinson’s connections here. In July 2016, Atkinson became “the senior counsel to John Carlin, the head of the National Security Division. Carlin was Robert Mueller’s chief of staff when he ran the FBI and was appointed NSD chief by President Obama in 2013.”

Carlin played a role in both the framing of Trump’s National Security Advisor, General Michael Flynn, and the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign. In her testimony before Congress last summer, FBI lawyer Lisa Page told lawmakers that “Carlin was briefed regularly by former deputy FBI Director Andy McCabe on the Trump-Russia collusion probe.”

With full knowledge that Trump campaign advisor Carter Page was not a “Russian spy,” that he had actually done undercover work for the FBI, Carlin prepared the FISA Court application for a warrant to spy on him. Shortly before the application was submitted, Carlin abruptly resigned under controversial circumstances in October 2016. (He is now a CNBC contributor – surprise!)

They are all connected. They all hate Trump and they all share the same goal.

Farfetched? Not really.



Elizabeth Vaughn
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