Several days ago we reported that Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano was right, the British intelligence services had spied on candidate Donald Trump and they had passed that information along to the Obama administration.
British and other European intelligence agencies intercepted communications between associates of Donald Trump and Russian officials and other Russian individuals during the campaign and passed on those communications to their US counterparts, US congressional and law enforcement and US and European intelligence sources tell CNN.
The communications were captured during routine surveillance of Russian officials and other Russians known to western intelligence. British and European intelligence agencies, including GCHQ, the British intelligence agency responsible for communications surveillance, were not proactively targeting members of the Trump team but rather picked up these communications during what’s known as “incidental collection,” these sources tell CNN.
The European intelligence agencies detected multiple communications over several months between the Trump associates and Russian individuals — and passed on that intelligence to the US. The US and Britain are part of the so-called “Five Eyes” agreement (along with Canada, Australia and New Zealand), which calls for open sharing among member nations of a broad range of intelligence.
Well, now we know that the story is even bigger than that. It wasn’t just the British who were spying on Trump, it was the bulk of our European allies as well.
Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies shared further information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians, sources said.
The European countries that passed on electronic intelligence – known as sigint – included Germany, Estonia and Poland. Australia, a member of the “Five Eyes” spying alliance that also includes the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand, also relayed material, one source said.
Another source suggested the Dutch and the French spy agency, the General Directorate for External Security or DGSE, were contributors.
That’s a lot of spying there.
Of course, the Guardian is quick to report that all of it was “incidental” and none of it was targeted at Trump or his team… but it sure does beg the question, how many Russian operatives were the Trump people meeting with? And if they were up to their eyeballs in Russians, as all of the spying would indicate, why didn’t the combined might of 10 different intelligence agencies find any evidence of wrongdoing? I mean, someone who was constantly meeting with Russian agents must have been doing something wrong, right?
Maybe, Obama’s intelligence community simply painted some of the Trump universe’s most important foreign contacts as “possible” Russian agents and then used them to watch the campaign? It would mean that the Trump campaign wasn’t “technically” targeted and it would allow the Obama administration to push through FISA warrants which would give them cover to spy on Trump without actually saying they were spying on Trump.
John Hinderaker at Powerline Blog has some astute analysis:
So just about every Western intelligence service was collaborating with the Obama administration in trying to elect Hillary Clinton. Yet, amazingly enough, they failed.
The blindingly obvious point that the Guardian tries to obscure is that the combined assets of all of these agencies failed to find any evidence of collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russia. We know this, because the Democrats have pulled out all the stops. Both before the election, and especially after the election, they have leaked furiously to try to discredit President Trump. If there were any evidence of collusion between Trump (or even obscure, minor “advisers” like Carter Page) and Russia, there would have been nothing else in the Washington Post or the New York Times for the past five months. But they have nothing.
What was really going on seems clear. Everyone involved in this story thought that Hillary Clinton was sure to win the election.