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Is This Fake News?

Posted on | February 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Is This Fake News?

The headline is disturbing:

Spies Keep Intelligence From Donald Trump
U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.

But if you keep reading, you find this:

A White House official said: “There is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening.”
A spokesman for the Office of Director of National Intelligence said: “Any suggestion that the U.S. intelligence community is withholding information and not providing the best possible intelligence to the president and his national security team is not true.”

(Via Memeorandum.) So, both the White House and the intelligence director deny the story, which is based entirely on anonymous “current and former officials.” If the story was true, it would be very bad news, but as it is, it’s just very bad journalism.



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