2) But in context of our earlier thread, it's too important not to share our own analysis.
3) This article discusses one of Flynn's DIA spooks. It's important to read in context with the longer thread:
"There was one person, however, who McMaster couldn’t get rid of: Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence programs..."
4) "... McMaster tried to remove him in March, but President Trump, at the urging of Bannon and Jared Kushner, told McMaster that Cohen-Watnick was staying, as first reported by Politico. ..."
5) "...That Cohen-Watnick, 31 years old and largely unknown before entering the administration, has become unfireable reveals how important he has become to the Trump White House, where loyalty is prized."
6) Hmm... A 31 year old unknown senior NSC position who's suddenly unfirable? What exactly was his position?
7) "The senior director for intelligence programs on the NSC is a powerful position, designed to coordinate and liaise between the U.S. intelligence community and the White House..."
8) "...The CIA has traditionally had control over who fills this position, and normally the job is staffed by a more experienced official..."
9) "... McMaster, assuming he’d be allowed to relieve or reassign Cohen-Watnick, had gone so far as to interviewCohen-Watnick’s potential replacement, Linda Weissgold, a veteran CIA officer."
10) So... The CIA traditionally has control over who fills this spot - but Flynn fills it instead with an unknown 31 year old from the DIA.
11) "Despite his prominent, and apparently quite secure, position in Trump’s NSC, little is known about Cohen-Watnick, who had spent much of his short career as a low-ranking official at the Defense Intelligence Agency..."
12) "... Information about him in publicly available sources is scarce. Few higher-ups from the DIA remember him."
13) Sounds like the type of background you'd associate with a spook, not a suit, doesn't it? Notice how the article describes people going out of their way not to describe the man.
14) Protecting an intelligence officer's identity is life or death. Perhaps that's the reason for their reluctance to discuss him:
15) "Unlike other White House officials who have become public figures in their own right, Cohen-Watnick never speaks for himself publicly, leaving others to fill the void. Yet he hardly comes into sharper focus when you talk to co-workers, friends, and former colleagues..."
16)"...Ask around about Ezra Cohen-Watnick, and people get defensive. Some profess not to know him, or ask why anyone would want to write about him. Others simply refuse to discuss him.
“I won’t talk to any journalist about Ezra,” said Michael Ledeen, a Flynn confidant."
17) And here is where it gets really interesting in context with the earlier post:
18)"Washington got its first real look at Cohen-Watnick when he was identified as one of two White House sources who provided House Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes with evidence that former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the “unmasking” of the names..."
19)"... of Trump associates in intelligence documents. In the intelligence world, incidental collection refers to intelligence agencies obtaining, in the course of monitoring foreigners, communications that either refer to or involve Americans, whose names are typically “masked”
20)"...unless officials request that they be “unmasked.”
21)" The incident, coming in the aftermath of Trump baselessly accusing his predecessor of wiretapping Trump Tower, became one of the first dust-ups related to the investigations into possible Russian collusion during the 2016 campaign that have gripped the White House..."
22)"...The president later accused Rice of having committed a crime; for her part, Rice has denied that she ordered the unmasking for political purposes."
23) If Cohen-Watnick is who this thread suggests he is, and his job at DIA was in line with Cattler's and Flynn's (counter terror/counter intel), then it becomes conceivable that this whole Nunes / wire tapping tweets and hoopla was actually a trap being set by Flynn's network.
24) The results of which might be about to break.
For example: We know from Sally Yates own testimony that she knew for certain just two days after Flynn's FBI interview that he had lied about the call.
25) The only way she could know such a thing with certainty was if she saw the transcript of the call - which legally could only be shown to a Yates if Flynn's name had been unmasked and Trump's team was under surveillance for Russian "collusion".
26) We also now know that at that time - January 26th - Strzok was the lead FBI agent running the investigation into Trump's team AND, as of today, we know Stzok was the FBI agent who questioned Flynn on the 24th.
Let that sink in.
27) Is it possible Yates obtained TS/SCI SIGINT illegally from a leak within the FBI - from a man like Strzok?
Back to Cohen- Watnick...
28) Nunes had to step down from the investigation because of his role in this, but Cohen-Watnick?:
29) "Despite that early controversy, Cohen-Watnick retains one of the most consequential intelligence jobs in the nation, and his influence is rising."
30) Notice in the article there is mention of the central (and ongoing) rivalry between CIA and DIA. I point this out in relation to the larger context of everything we're discussing with Flynn and 45's speech at Langley:
31)"According to a former senior intelligence official, Cohen-Watnick later served overseas in Afghanistan at a CIA base. “He was embedded with the Agency guys,” said a person familiar with Cohen-Watnick’s career...."
32) ... “But the Agency guys were all like ‘!@#$ this guy, he’s just here to spy on us for Flynn and the DIA.’”
A White House official said that Cohen-Watnick did not know Flynn at the time he was in Afghanistan but did not dispute that there were “rivalries between CIA and DIA.”
33) Now the best part in relation to the thesis of the longer thread:
34)"Nunes claimed at one point that his source had been an intelligence official, not White House. Citing four U.S. officials, the Times later reported that his sources on the intelligence reports were Cohen-Watnick and Michael Ellis,..."
35)... "a lawyer in the White House Counsel’s Office focused on national security. But the question of who cleared Nunes onto White House grounds, and why Cohen-Watnick was looking into the material, have never been fully answered.
36) I believe we are answering that question in this thread. Cohen-Watnick was looking into unmasking material because he was part of Flynn's network deployed to root out leakers and politicization of the DOJ/FBI (ie CIA influence/compromised elements within those agencies).
37) Not enough for you? There's more:
"The Washington Post reported in April that days after McMaster’s effort to remove Cohen-Watnick, the CIA’s liaison to the White House was fired..."
38)"The Guardian’s story on the firing cited sources describing it as an “act of retaliation” against the CIA for encouraging McMaster to sack Cohen-Watnick, a report unlikely to endear him to his colleagues.
39) Just amazing...
The article really is worth the time to read and reflect on what I'm laying out above.