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Comey and his leaking tactics on Jan. 4 and 5, 2017

I have been trying to savvy what Comey was doing with all his leaking, especially the January 2017 leak of the Flynn phone call to Ambassador Kislyak. I am assuming it was Comey who leaked it, but he could’ve manipulated McCabe or Clapper to do it. In any case, my guess is that Comey was the mastermind of it. His signature traits:

  1. Monumental ego on the scale of a NY or California politician
  2. “Savior of America” delusion of grandeur
  3. Practitioner of “Ethics for thee but not for me!” ← ← lying, “weasel moves,” etc.
Comey’s view of himself. [PHOTOGRAPHER: AL DRAGO/THE NEW YORK TIMES]

In early January, Comey has the Flynn/Kislyak transcript in some form. In order to infect Obama with it, he sends it to DNI Clapper. Clapper obliges and briefs Obama about Flynn and Kislyak. The next day, Obama is obliged to call a meeting of his intelligence types, followed by a small group “meeting after the meeting.” In that small meeting, Obama tries to distance himself from Comey, “by the book.” This interpretation of Obama’s motive comes from the Susan Rice CYA memo and Sally Yates testimony in Congress: Yates is surprised about the phone call and that Obama knows about it, but Comey reacts calmly — he knew all about the phone call. But it’s too late for Obama. Comey has “touched” Obama.

From The Untouchables (1987)

Other Comey leaks

  1. Leak to Wall Street Journal about Midyear Exam (MYE) investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email obstruction. McCabe was the leaker, the inspector general nailed him for it, but he claimed Comey knew. Comey claims he did not know. My guess is that Comey knew and forced McCabe to take it, with Comey knowing he could count on McCabe being declined. Motive for the leak: protect McCabe and perhaps protect something else in Comey’s MYE schemes.
  2. Leak to Washington press corp that President-elect Trump had been briefed on the Steele dossier. Clapper was the leaker. Motive for leak: bootstrap a criminal or counterintelligence investigation of President-elect Trump. Secondary motive: blackmail the incoming president.
  3. Leak to NY Times of several of his memoranda concerning President Trump. Daniel Richman was the leaker. Motive for the leak: con his sub-weasel colleague Rod Rosenstein into the Special Counsel investigation.
  4. Probably other leaks, TBA.

Who knows how many other anonymous sources were really Comey pulling the strings?

So it appears, in this analysis, that in two days, Comey runs a lefthanded blackmail operation against a sitting president and a president-elect. His self-lubricating mind must have been shaking with anticipation.

In addition, the other evil genius is DCI John Brennan. My guess is that the Italian thing is mostly Brennan’s work, and that it was initially independent of Comey’s Flynn scheme.

What was Grenell carrying by hand?

Last Friday, photographers spotted ADNI Grenell toting a satchel of documents into Department of Justice.

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Must be his security man walking to his right, coat unbuttoned.  What was Grenell carrying?

  1. Theory 1: It was a nonverbal signal, a bunch of additional papers that he wanted to be seen as carrying by hand.  To whom was the signal directed?  It had to be someone who knew or could guess what was in the satchel.  Who would that have been?
  2. Theory 2: It was a smoking gun of some kind with Obama’s fingerprints all over it, and Grenell did not want anyone else to hand deliver it to Department of Justice.  He might feel the need if he felt his normal ODNI messengers would not permit something contra Obama to survive or that his normal ODNI messengers would blab about it to defend Obama.  Possible alternate: former DCI Brennan, another man with loyalists in ODNI.  And we know that there were plenty of both kinds of loyalists in ODNI.  But this goes slightly against theory #1.
  3. Theory 3: It’s a MacGuffin, Clause 27, two letters of transit signed by General De Gaulle, cannot be rescinded. Grenell is taunting someone.

But the real question is: who was his audience?  Grenell wanted to taunt, bypass, signal someone.  Who was it?

Blasey Ford’s testimony trap

This morning I read an article about the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, making me think of the excruciating trap that Christine Blasey Ford is about to face.

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The novel and movie present a parallel to the trap that Blasey Ford faces — the same trap that the character Mayella Ewell faced: tell the truth or stay safe.  This is IF something did happen to Blasey Ford.

The four other people she claims were there, Kavanaugh, Patrick Smyth, Mark Judge and Leland Keyser, all assert that she is wrong.  Either they were not there or nothing happened like what Ford claims.

Is it possible that Blasey Ford is correct AND the four others are correct?

Because eventually, one of the Senate Judiciary questioners will ask the question, the central question, the question Blasey Ford will fear to answer, the question she must stave off to a safe distance by manufacturing a list of people she knew but who were not there.

Q: There was someone else, wasn’t there?
A: Yes, there was someone.

Like a John le Carré novel, sending Alec Leamas sent all the way into East Germany to fireproof the bastard Mundt, like dropping Jim Prideaux into Brno to find the one word answer to the Tinker Tailor riddle though he, as well as George Smiley, already knew the answer and he got a bullet in the back instead, and like Ned and the entire Russia House searching England and finally tracking down Barley Scott Blair in Lisbon to ask the one question about Scott Blair’s seedy lunch on a recent visit to the Soviet Union: “But there was someone else, wasn’t there?”

Yes.  It was Goethe, the missile scientist.  The movie’s script renames him Dante.

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For Christine Blasey Ford, if she is telling the truth about being assaulted, and if the other four are also telling the truth, then who was also there?  Someone else?

Her answer — what price will Blasey Ford pay to speak that answer truthfully or to stay safe?

Lisa Page resigns, James Baker resigns, but no appearance on CNN yet

Not promoted to talking heads yet!

  • Lisa Page resigns from DOJ.  Nice.
  • James Baker resigns from DOJ. So tremendous.
  • No appearance on CNN yet?

 These two corruptocrats, I am sure they are ready for their closeup now, Mr. DeMille.

Winston Churchill to Jack Churchill, November 15, 1895 ← ← good to reread in 2018

Winston Churchill to Jack Churchill, November 15, 1895

Well worth rereading in the present day. Two pull quotes:

But essence of American journalism is vulgarity divested of truth.
A great, crude, strong, young people are the Americans – like a boisterous healthy boy among enervated but well bred ladies and gentlemen. Some day Jack when you are older you must come out here and I think you will feel as I feel–and think as I think today.

Picture to yourself the American people as a great lusty youth – who treads on all your sensibilities – perpetrates every possible horror of ill manners – whom neither age nor just tradition inspire with reverence–but who moves about his affairs with a good hearted freshness which may well be the envy of older nations of the earth.

Thank you, young Winston!

Judge X and the insurance policy

racer-xWho is Judge X?

Rep. Goodlatte said the slowdown in requested information from Dept. of Justice correlated to the Strzok & Page text messages coming out.  Those messages came out the day after Gen. Flynn’s plea, and a few days before Judge Contreras recused himself or was recused by currently unknown Judge X.  That’s where the connection is between Unguided Missile Mueller and the Steele/Clinton file.  Something there.

Also: how did Judge X figure out he had to recuse Contreras?  The lovebird Strzok & Page text messages in the newspapers?  Or does IG Horowitz also have to alert Conteras’ supervisory judge?  Have events dragged Judge Contreras into Horowitz and Huber’s net, along with Priestap, Strzok et al.?

Can Judge X see the connection between the unguided missile and the McCabe insurance policy?

Silver Blaze time: Why is Rosenstein still DAG and not supervising the cafeteria at Main Justice?

Just why is Rosenstein still DAG and not supervising the cafeteria at Main Justice?  According to former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, it is a long time since he miscreated the unguided missile named Mueller against the regulation of 28 CFR Sec. 600.1, viz.

The regulation does not permit the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel in order to determine whether there is a basis for a criminal investigation. To the contrary, the basis for a criminal investigation must pre-exist the appointment. It is the criminal investigation that triggers the special counsel, not the other way around. Rosenstein, instead, appointed a special counsel and unleashed him to sniff around and see if he could come up with a crime…

 

This seems an open, easily observable error by Rosenstein. But Rosenstein is still in the DAG office. The unguided missile is still roaming the skies at full power. Why is that?

I reckon that the writers at The Conservative Treehouse have bagged a crucial fact in “the Big Ugly” of FISA abuse/Russia-Russia-Russia: that several of the DOJ and FBI insiders have flipped, testifying to Inspector General Horowitz, keeping their employment intact but moved out of the way in places like FBI’s HR department.  Is that why Rosenstein is still in the DAG office?

  • Has he flipped, and is he helping the IG?
  • He is still in the DAG office, though, not running the cafeteria at Main Justice, so is there some tactical or strategic advantage to keeping Rosenstein in the DAG office?

It is curious.  Inquiring minds want to know. #SilverBlaze

Sherlock Holmes drawing by Sidney Paget at 2014 auction

The master class: Trump’s practice of surprise and Shannon’s theory of communication

Trump’s practice of surprise and Shannon’s theory of communication

The Donald has been until now a master of running the establishment media’s agenda, whatever else you may like to say about him.

His press conference last night was a master class.  His comments about Charlottesville drove the establishment media into a nearly uncontrollable rage, for a very specific reason.  In the master class, his set of remarks about black mask/antifa was a “dog whistle” to the establishment media, a slug of un-dodge-able information that The Donald masterfully inserted into the broad communication channel known as “the national conversation.”

Information in the channel…

Information in the channel points us to the mathematical theory of communication, Claude Shannon’s most famous theory from his days at Bell Labs.  Shannon’s theory begins with the idea of information as a countable substance, as quantifiable as the volume of water in a pitcher or the number of apples growing on an apple tree.

For the basic quantity of information, some scientists use the term surprisal, and that is a nice term for informal conversation.  In colloquial terms, information is surprise.

The amount of surprise you experience depends on who is at the other end of the communication channel.  You, the observer, receive some amount of surprise from a sender, a source.  Are you talking to an honest mensch or a crooked gambler looking for a sucker?  In terms of throwing dice, is the source a pair of fair dice or a pair of crooked dice?

unfair dice

This pair of dice is going to come up 7’s frequently.

If the honest mensch is on the line, you are going to hear a random array of results: “The first roll is 3.   OK, the next roll came up snake eyes.  Let’s see: it’s a 7.  Next roll 8…”  And so on for the honest mensch.

The crooked gambler has his dice set up to come up 7’s at least 25% of the time, on average.  So, his first four transmissions down the phone line to you might be: “First roll, 3!  Come on, baby, next roll, 7!  OK, shoes for the baby…. LUCKY 7!  Let’s try another roll, come on: another 7!  We are on a lucky roll, man, but it can’t last.”  At which point, he asks you to increase your bet.

But if you are smart, you hang up the phone on the crooked gambler.  You hang up the phone, because there is no surprise in what he says.  Low surprise, low information.  (A completely fixed pair of dice, all fives and all twos, would be zero surprise, and Claude Shannon would say that the source bears zero information.)

The crooked gambler’s dice are going to come up 7 most of the time, just like some establishment news channels like CNN have recently been all Russia collusion, all the time.  Now, however, the blow up in Charlottesville permits them a new spiel, all white supremacy, all the time.

Thus CNN becomes Johnny One Note.

Johnny One Note is also known as Jack of No Surprises.

Jack of No Surprises is Jackie Zero, for zero information.

The rage of establishment media yesterday came from The Donald pushing information about black mask/antifa into their low information channel.  He did not back down.  Johnny One Note did cry a few tears of rage, like any 4-year old in a tantrum, but then they had to accommodate it.

In the master class, The Donald surprised Johnny One Note into exploring the octaves, using more of his channel’s capacity.  CNN et al. do have the capacity for a lot of information, if they choose to use it wisely.  There is a lot going on in the world they could be transmitting. more than just collusion and Charlottesville and other symbols of partisan rage.  CNN et al. have a job to do, and we civilians have to learn more about all of the imbecilic criminal neo-Nazi types in Charlottesville and what they tried to do there, so that we be vigilant for those who would corrupt or destroy our freedom here in the USA. CNN, get to it!

Judy Garland sings “Johnny One Note”