Dean Baquet, our executive editor, explains why we chose to publish the information about the whistle-blower
Breaking News: The whistle-blower is said to be a CIA officer who was assigned to work at the White House. His complaint suggests he is a trained analyst.
White House Knew of Whistle-Blower’s Allegations Soon After Trump’s Call With Ukraine Leader
The whistle-blower is said to be a CIA officer who was detailed to work at the White House at one point. ⁦
The whistle-blower is said to be a CIA officer who was detailed to work at the White House at one point. ⁦
NEW: The whistle-blower is a C.I.A. officer who had been detailed at some point to the White House. His complaint suggests he has a sophisticated understanding of Ukrainian politics and at least some knowledge of the law.
NYT says that the whistleblower was a CIA employee detailed to the White House
NEW: The whistleblower is a CIA officer who was detailed to the White House at one point. His complaint suggests he’s an analyst.
Wow. Pretty much blows his anonymity NYT.
If the Trump WH is not seriously worried about how big this is going to get and how bad it is going to look...
The whistleblower is a CIA officer who was detailed to the White House at one point and has since returned to the CIA, NYT reports
NYT executive editor Dean Baquet says that the WH already knew the whistleblower was a CIA officer before the NYT reported it:
NEW: A new timeline of who knew what when. Days after the call, the CIA officer -- who became the whistle-blower -- informed the CIA's top lawyer that WH aides had raised concerns about the call. The CIA then told the WH, setting of an initial inquiry.
I do not buy this for one minute. By this point Rosen’s total career experience at DOJ was three months, and he was running point without Barr’s sign off? No way.
Important from NYT: Whistleblower first submitted an anonymous complaint with the CIA's top lawyer, and WH/DOJ learned about it. He then filed whistleblower complaint precisely because he feared WH was preventing CIA from taking the matter seriously:
"A spokeswoman for the acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, said that protecting the whistle-blower was his office’s highest priority." - - Great, now what about and ? (+shame on you NYT for putting source at risk)
Newspaper analytics say people do not read updates to stories. You should read this update--vastly expands our knowledge of how the complaint about the July 25 call was initially investigated.
Dean Baquet’s public rationale for publishing details about the whistleblower’s identity does not address concerns about the whistleblower’s safety or what level of detail the NYT may be holding back:
His complaint suggested he was an analyst by training and made clear he was steeped in details of American foreign policy toward Europe, demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of Ukrainian politics and at least some knowledge of the law.
The White House knew someone from the CIA had complained about abuse of power connected to Trump’s call the week of July 29, days after the call to the Ukrainian President.
The whistleblower is a C.I.A. officer who was detailed to work at the White House; he has since returned to the C.I.A., NYT reports.
"During the preliminary inquiry, Ms. Ellwood and a career C.I.A. lawyer learned that **multiple people** had raised concerns about Mr. Trump’s call."
NY Times executive editor Dean Baquet casually refers to the CIA as “a nonpolitical agency.” This speaks volumes about the American exceptionalist culture that pervades the Times and its coverage of the CIA’s targets around the globe. (HT )
NEW: The whistle-blower who revealed that POTUS sought foreign help for his re-election & that the White House sought to cover it up is a C.I.A. officer who was detailed to work at the White House at one point scoop
The takeaway from this big update to the NYT whistleblower story is that officials at the White House and the Justice Department already knew that the official who made the complaint works for the CIA -- and have known that since the beginning.
There are a lot of people mentioned here who can be called to testify: White House Knew of Whistle-Blower’s Allegations Soon After Trump’s Call With Ukraine Leader - The New York Times
"Dean Baquet...said The Times was right to publish info. about the whistle-blower. 'The role of the whistle-blower, including his credibility + his place in the government, is essential to understanding one of the most important issues facing the country'"
"The whistle-blower’s expertise will likely add to lawmakers’ confidence about the merits of his complaint, and tamp down allegations that he might have misunderstood what he learned about Mr. Trump."
the full version of the whistleblower story usefully increases our understanding of what happened, namely that he had anonymously gone to CIA general counsel, who went to the white house and had learned "multiple people had raised concerns" about the call
What has The New York Times done to the future of whistleblowing here? What has it done to the security of its own confidential sources? Whistle-Blower Is a C.I.A. Officer Who Was Detailed to the White House
Good thing nobody wrote an entire story trying to narrow down his identity in great detail
I don’t like this one bit, particularly in light of Trump’s threats.
The CIA reached out to the WH about the whistleblower, which made the whistleblower concerned he wasn't being taken seriously. So he filed the complaint. more here >>
Six ways from Sunday. From NYT: 'Whistle-Blower Is a C.I.A. Officer Who Was Detailed to the White House.'
The anti-Trump leaker is said to be an expert on Ukraine at the intelligence agency that had no clue Vladimir Putin was going to invade Ukraine.
Before the CIA officer filed a whistleblower complaint about Trump’s dealings w.a foreign leader, he anonymously shared his concerns w.the CIA's general counsel in July. The CIA immediately discussed them w.the NSC, which is part of the White House
The story IDing the whistleblower as a CIA officer detailed to the White House makes a lot more sense in the context of all the additional info the Times is now reporting.
"Lawyers for the whistle-blower refused to confirm that he worked for the C.I.A. and said that publishing information about him was dangerous."
By the time DNI received the whistleblower report from the ICIG, the CIA, NSC, White House & DOJ all knew about the concerns that would constitute the basis of the complaint. Those concerns had circulated the administration's highest echelons for weeks.
Tonight's NYT report shows multiple insiders raised concerns about Trump's call. The scandal was going to come out. The whistleblower is just the person who wrote it down.
Apparently I can't thread! Here's my tweets how the CIA, WH, NSC & DOJ knew about the whistleblower's fears even before they got his official complaint
WH staff don’t know which deceptive strategy or bald-faced lie to invoke. Trump confesses and blows them up. Today tired, angry, scattered as he protests his horrible mistreatment. SAD! #Presidementia #MalignantEnabling #TrumpGibberish via ⁦
“The whistle-blower’s expertise will most likely add to lawmakers’ confidence about the merits of his complaint and tamp down allegations that he might have misunderstood what he learned about Mr. Trump.”
After receiving the anonymous concerns, the CIA began assessing whether a “reasonable basis.” During the course of that inquiry, the agency learned that multiple people had raised concerns about Trump’s phone call.
Upon learning the CIA had told the White House about his fears, the CIA officer filed a whistleblower complaint, which came with more legal protection. He did this unbeknownst to the CIA, the NSC, and the DOJ, which had also been briefed on his worries
The CIA is literally spies. Foreign-leader communications are part of what they spy on. And all U.S. presidents live in a vast surveillance net.
The claims to have 3 sources confirming that: - #Whistleblower is in the - It's a man - He was assigned to - He had read-in privileges on all WH documents
On Aug 14, the CIA GC told DOJ National Security head John Demers that she'd received a report that Trump potentially abused his power while dealing w.a foreign leader. On Aug 15 Demers went to the WH to review the reconstructed phone transcript
WH knew the whistleblower was a CIA officer days if not weeks ago.
John le Carré, call your office.
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