CNN was careful how they framed it, but they revealed Thursday that British and European intelligence shared communications between Trump associates and Russian officials.
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.
We are to believe this was “routine” and “incidental”. They didn’t target Trump associates, they came upon the information.
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.
It was part of Obama’s five-nation spy ring which he innocuously called the “Five-Eyes”.
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.
Of course this is to be expected according to CNN. Foreign nations sharing information about a U.S. presidential candidate’s campaign with an opponent is just what is to be expected.
“If foreign intelligence agencies share information with US intelligence, and it’s relevant to the investigation, then of course the intelligence committee will look at it,” a source close to the Senate investigation told CNN.
It was Judge Napolitano who first reported this from three of his sources and caused some questionable outrage on the part of the U.K. officials.
In March, Judge Napolitano revealed that British intelligence shared intel on Trump associates with Barack Obama.
”Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command” to conduct the surveillance on Trump, the Judge said.
Obama “didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI, and he didn’t use the Department of Justice,” Judge Napolitano explained. The former president went to the British intelligence services version of the NSA for the work – the GCHQ.
The GCHQ shares much of the NSA’s vast electronic database of signals intercepts and they would be able to gain access to records of Trump’s phone calls the judge said. It would also mean there are no fingerprints left behind.
Napolitano then added that the sources have informed him that the man who actually ordered the surveillance “resigned three days after Trump was inaugurated.”
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) March 14, 2017
While CNN reveals the information in a more modulated voice, there is reason to believe this was done for political purposes. Obama had a spy ring set up, but for what purpose? One purpose we do know about was exposed by Wikileaks and that purpose was to potentially interfere in the French presidential election.
In February, Barack Obama was tied to a five-nation spy ring that included Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain, Australia and the U.S. by Wikileaks.
Central Intelligence Agency documents released by WikiLeaks listed Canada as one of several countries asked to assist the United States while they spied on the 2012 French presidential election.
The documents appear to be 7 pages of classified orders to gather information about each of the candidates, including political strategies and internal communications.
All major French political parties were targeted for infiltration by the CIA’s human (“HUMINT”) and electronic (“SIGINT”) spies in the seven months leading up to France’s 2012 presidential election.
One of the tasking orders paid particular attention to President Sarkozy’s party. They were also very interested in economic intelligence.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) February 16, 2017
To recap, Obama had a five-nation spy ring that collected data on the French election for some purpose. That same ring shared intel on Trump associates communicating with Russians which they say was incidentally uncovered and shared as a routine matter. Judge Napolitano heard they were spying at Obama’s behest.
You decide. One thing is for certain, we will likely never know that truth.