In March president Trump submitted one of his most famous tweets:
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
Now CNN and others are reporting that Paul Manafort was indeed under surveillance and he has had a residence in Trump tower. Inevitably, both sides of the political spectrum claim victory: The left for possible vindication of Russiagate and the (alternative) right for vindication of wiretapping accusations. Both sides make fair points, while ignoring others and missing the larger picture.
The FBI was after Manafort long before Trump started his presidential campaign, so it’s a stretch to accuse the FBI of unfair targeting due to political favors:
“A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014.”
Trump supporters and Democrats seem to flipflop between sympathies and outright hatred for the FBI, depending on which politician is a target. Hillary was in trouble during her campaign for the email server affair and certain statements from the Feds were met with a lot of aggression from the left.
Manafort is the archetype insider who supported the very type of foreign dictators who usually entertain relationships with the CIA and he also worked for Bush Sr. as well as James Baker III. Could you picture him as a CIA asset? I sure wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case and I would be even less surprised if the FBI suspected this all along. Who can fly around the world and meddle in highly sensitive areas such as Ukraine during the crisis of 2014? With high placed friends like his, he wouldn’t have to risk his freedom to make money for himself or half-way defect to the Russians like the left accuses him of.
His old companion, the oily and eccentric Roger Stone, tells Infowars.com that an indictment is almost guaranteed but that is a long way away from a conviction. I expect the national security card being played multiple times during an eventual court case and the mounting suspicion that he is protected by the so called deep state. The rightwing is screaming from the rooftops that this whole Russiagate scandal is a made up fabrication by the deep state and the democrats but that completely ignores the level of entanglement of Trump and his entourage with Russian players. The left spreads the unrealistic assumption that Manafort, Trump and the others sold out their country and risked everything just to maybe get some unspecified dirt on Hillary from the Russians in order to win the elections. Sure, Trump Jr. and his collegues played a bit loose with regulations and were willing to listen to the Russians containing dirt on Hillary, but so far, Russiagate seems less like a plot to win the election, but rather like a deliberate entanglement to spy on Russians and simultaneously feed the Russians false information.
Virtually nobody, execpt Recentr.com, has voiced the suspicion that the Trump camp could hypothetically be Western intelligence assets who played the part of Russophiles for a while.
It only adds to the confusion if we portray Manafort as a victim of the deep state and disregard all the evidence of the case. According to reports, the surveillance did not even extend to Trump:
“The Justice Department and the FBI have denied that Trump’s own “wires” were tapped.”
Carter Page, another oily player in this affair, was also being snooped on and in his case the Trump supporters don’t even attempt to paint him as a poor victim of the deep state because his establishment connections are was too obvious:
He served in the Navy for five years, including a tour in western Morocco as an intelligence officer for a United Nations peacekeeping mission. In 1994, he completed a master of arts degree in National Security Studies at Georgetown University. After leaving the Navy, Page completed a fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations. – wikipedia