Chris Wallace asks CIA director questions raised here about the Trump dirty dossier

Power Line:
DISHONEST CIA DIRECTOR RIPS TRUMP; TRUMP SHOULD RIP HIM BACK [UPDATED]

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That is exactly correct. Not a single news organization had reported on the fake “Russian dossier” because it was obviously bogus. The CIA, or someone in the intelligence community, deliberately turned fake news into a “legitimate” news story by purporting to brief Donald Trump on the smears against him, and then leaking the fact that they had done so. Brennan’s defense is pathetic.

BRENNAN: Well, nothing has been verified. It is unsubstantiated reporting that is out there, that has been circulating in the private sector and with the media as well by a firm that pulled this information together.

But what I do find outrageous is equating the intelligence community with Nazi Germany. I do take great umbrage at that, and there is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly.

WALLACE: But it wasn’t available publicly. Various news organizations, if I may, various news organization had it, but they weren’t reporting it because it hadn’t been verified. And this brings me to the real question, Director Brennan, why on earth [would our] nation’s intelligence spy chiefs brief President-elect Trump, in your first meeting collectively with him, on this unverified information? First of all, it wasn’t intelligence, it was rumors. And secondly, by briefing him on it, you made it a news event and, therefore, gave news organizations an excuse to report it.
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This is exactly the point I raised and after "briefing" Trump on the bogus material they then leaked that fact of CNN giving them the hook to talk about the dirty dossier.  I still think that either someone in the intelligence community or the White House was responsible for that leak and it was done for the purpose of embarrassing the President-elect.  It was a disgraceful act on their part.

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