Trump giving Barr power to declassify intelligence risks burning a source very close to Putin nyti.ms/30IKX2r
Trump’s order allowing Attorney General William P. Barr to declassify any intelligence that sparked the opening of the Russia investigation sets up a potential confrontation with the CIA . . .
. . . including over the possible implications for a person close to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia who provided information to the CIA about his involvement in Moscow’s 2016 election interference.
The concern about the source, who is believed to be still alive, is one of several issues raised by Mr. Trump’s decision to use the intelligence to pursue his political enemies.
It has also prompted fears from former national security officials and Democratic lawmakers that other sources or methods of intelligence gathering — among the government’s most closely held secrets — could be made public
The concern is not that the sources/methods will become public because of leaks to the news media that the administration denounces, but because the president has determined it suits his political purposes. (That Trump will do it to demonize them to his base.)
The order could be tremendously damaging to the C.I.A. and other intelligence agencies, drying up sources and inhibiting their ability to gather intelligence, said Representative Adam Schiff, Democrat of California and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Mr. Trump has long held that he was a target of the “deep state,’’ at various points accusing former President Barack Obama without evidence of tapping his phones, . . .
. . . the F.B.I. of secretly trying to undermine his candidacy and past intelligence chiefs of bending their findings to prove Russian involvement in his election victory.
Trump has repeatedly appeared to side with Mr. Putin’s contention that there is no evidence of a Russian campaign to sabotage the 2016 election, even though the Mueller report left no question that the Russian leadership was behind both . . .
. . . the theft and publication of emails and other data from Democrats and a social media campaign that ultimately worked to boost Mr. Trump’s candidacy, as well as efforts to tamper with election registration systems.
(NOTE: in case that isn't clear enough - Trump sending Barr to dig up and expose our intelligence sources, assets, and methods working at high levels in Russia and elsewhere is not just to benefit Trump's revenge lust - it will be a massive gift to Putin)
It is the human source that particularly worries some former and current intelligence officials. Long nurtured by the CIA, the source rose to a position that enabled the informant to provide key information in 2016 about the Russian leadership’s role in the interference campaign.
John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director under Mr. Obama, would bring reports from that source directly to the White House, keeping them out of the president’s daily intelligence briefing for fear that the briefing document was too widely disseminated.
The source provided evidence for one of the last major intelligence conclusions that Mr. Obama made public before leaving office: that Mr. Putin himself was behind the Russia hack.
“If the POTUS asks for a name, it would be hard not to provide a name. It wouldn’t do him any good unless he sent it around to people to look into it, and that is where the security problem is, obviously.” - @john_sipher a former C.I.A. official who led Russia operations
Well just try and imagine Trump NOT revealing and smearing these people on Twitter, in pressers, and at a minimum, in his endless security risk phone calls to his gossip circle.

Godspeed to all.
Jesus I hope I don't need to clarify this any further, but just in case - Trump uses insecure communications and cannot stop blabbering about this idiotic "conspiracy" against him - he's been convinced it's some kind of "coup" and is going to go out all the sources. FOR PUTIN.
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