The big NBC scoop that intelligence officials have conclusively tied Russian president Vladimir Putin to the hacking of the damning emails appears to be fake hews. The latest bombshell in a week of red-baiting by the Democrats and their presstitutes was written by a former Los Angeles Times reporter who has a history of being a CIA mouthpiece.
The NBC fake news piece entitled “U.S. Officials: Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack” lists Ken Dilanian as one of the major contributors to an article that is essentially a big nothing burger. While the NBC tale boldly claims that Putin himself was directing the entire hacking of the corrupt DNC as well as scuzzbucket John Podesta’s personal email account it relies on two anonymous intelligence sources to make the case. The problem outside of the sources who are too chickenshit to go on record is that the writer has a history of flogging CIA propaganda.
According to a 2014 story published by The Intercept “The CIA’s Mop-Up Man: L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With Agency Before Publication”:
A prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.
Email exchanges between CIA public affairs officers and Ken Dilanian, now an Associated Press intelligence reporter who previously covered the CIA for the Times, show that Dilanian enjoyed a closely collaborative relationship with the agency, explicitly promising positive news coverage and sometimes sending the press office entire story drafts for review prior to publication. In at least one instance, the CIA’s reaction appears to have led to significant changes in the story that was eventually published in the Times.
“I’m working on a story about congressional oversight of drone strikes that can present a good opportunity for you guys,” Dilanian wrote in one email to a CIA press officer, explaining that what he intended to report would be “reassuring to the public” about CIA drone strikes. In another, after a series of back-and-forth emails about a pending story on CIA operations in Yemen, he sent a full draft of an unpublished report along with the subject line, “does this look better?” In another, he directly asks the flack: “You wouldn’t put out disinformation on this, would you?”
That Dilanian – and others – would be prostituting themselves out to the CIA is certainly no surprise, at least not if one understands that history of such things. Operation Mockingbird was a long-running CIA effort to cultivate American reporters to regurgitate agency propaganda to domestic audiences, a CIA operative once reportedly remarked to Washington Post owner Phillip Graham that “You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month” and these days it’s probably even less.
Democratic party nemesis Wikileaks which continues to be vilified as a Russian intelligence operation without any proof earned the ire of NBC’s
Press the Meat Meet the Press host Chuck Todd by pointing out that the story was penned by Dilanian aka the CIA’s “mop up man”:
Somehow I doubt that the thought crime unit over at Facebook will be including NBC News in their new censorship drive.