President Barrack Obama is fond of repeating this line – or a variation of it:

“I will say that the thing I’m most proud of, Jake, is an administration now, acknowledging that we still have six days left or five days left, that has been historically free of scandal.”
— White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, interview on CNN’s State of the Union, 15 January 2017.

“I’m proud of the fact that, with two weeks to go, we’re probably the first administration in modern history that hasn’t had a major scandal in the White House.”
— President Obama, interview on “60 minutes,” aired 15 January 2017.

Not only was it untrue at the time but it was laughably false.

The Benghazi embassy attack and coverup was one of the worst:

But don’t forget the IRS scandal targeting conservatives in the US.

Fast and Furious is more than a movie franchise – it was an absurd operation in which the ATF trafficked guns to Mexican cartels. Seriously. It needs to be read to be believed, and even then it beggars belief.

These are often swept under the carpet by a media always in his thrall.

This latest scandal could become the latest to be ignored.

It involves Iran, China, and former Homeland Security advisor and permanent thorn in Trump’s rump, John Brennan.

The plot it straight out of a spy thriller. And it deserves to be known.

How Iran and China dismantled the CIA

In 2013, hundreds of CIA officers — many working nonstop for weeks — scrambled to contain a disaster of global proportions: a compromise of the agency’s internet-based covert communications system used to interact with its informants in dark corners around the world. Teams of CIA experts worked feverishly to take down and reconfigure the websites secretly used for these communications; others managed operations to quickly spirit assets to safety and oversaw other forms of triage.

“When this was going on, it was all that mattered,” said one former intelligence community official. The situation was “catastrophic,” said another former senior intelligence official.

From around 2009 to 2013, the U.S. intelligence community experienced crippling intelligence failures related to the secret internet-based communications system, a key means for remote messaging between CIA officers and their sources on the ground worldwide. The previously unreported global problem originated in Iran and spiderwebbed to other countries, and was left unrepaired — despite warnings about what was happening — until more than two dozen sources died in China in 2011 and 2012 as a result, according to 11 former intelligence and national security officials.

The disaster ensnared every corner of the national security bureaucracy — from multiple intelligence agencies, congressional intelligence committees and independent contractors to internal government watchdogs — forcing a slow-moving, complex government machine to grapple with the deadly dangers of emerging technologies.

Read the rest. And remember. We rely on the US for our national security.

 

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