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Monday, September 10, 2018

New documents provided to Congress raise "grave concerns" about an "apparent systemic culture of media leaking" among high-level FBI and Justice Department officials to release information damaging to President Trump, a top Republican congressman charged in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday.

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In the letter, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., points in particular to two text message exchanges in April 2017 between now-fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page, in which the two discuss the bureau's "media leak strategy."

"I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go," Strzok texted Page on April 10, 2017, according to Meadows, who cited newly produced documents from the Justice Department.

Two days later, Strzok wrote, "Well done, Page," and told her that two negative articles about Page's "namesake" would soon come out. That was an apparent reference to Carter Page, the former Trump adviser whom the FBI surveilled for months after obtaining a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.

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a top Republican congressman

That's all I need to hear to know it's --------.

Seriously, how many times do they have to push rapidly debunked conspiracy theories before you idiots realize you're being played and they're not to be trusted?

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2018-09-11 01:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

#1 You mean like the last two hundred "We got him now!" RussiaGate stories?

Yeah, when are you going to learn?

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-09-11 01:42 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

rapidly debunked conspiracy
-Please debunk this then. There are no text messages that say that?

#3 | Posted by homerj at 2018-09-11 08:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It can be reasonably assumed to be nonsense a priori, HOMER, because all preceding stories were nonsense.

Trump is a criminal trying to wriggle off a hook. Other criminals ate trying to help him.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2018-09-11 09:01 AM | Reply

You people only have standards you apply to others. You have none for yourselves.

Your interest in American democracy is that of a flea.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2018-09-11 09:03 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

New Strzok-Page texts reveal "Media Leak Strategy." @FoxNews So terrible, and NOTHING is being done at DOJ or FBI - but the world is watching, and they get it completely.
4:19 AM - 11 Sep 2018

emptywheel @emptywheel

emptywheel Retweeted Donald J. Trump
The President is literally complaining that Lisa Page and Peter Strzok pursued the guy who leaked about Carter Page, but the entire frothy right is too stupid to recognize a Mark Meadows hoax, so there you have it.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-11 09:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Chuck Ross @ChuckRossDC

FBI Officials Discussed ‘Media Leak Strategy' Ahead Of Major Trump-Russia Revelation dailycaller.com ...

@emptywheel @emptywheel

emptywheel Retweeted Chuck Ross
BREAKING: Govt's most competent IG did investigation on leak investigations and investigation on Peter Strzok and NEVER RECOGNIZED THEIR OVERLAP.

Or, maybe Republicans are stupid?

Did Mark Meadows just start an entire conspiracy theory about Peter Strzok and Lisa Page's aggressive investigation of this story, which has led to a prosecution?

A Former Trump Adviser Met With A Russian Spy
Carter Page told BuzzFeed News that he had been in contact with at least one Russian spy working undercover out of Moscow's UN office in 2013.

Ali Watkins
BuzzFeed News Reporter

Also these f---wits don't actually realize the Wolfe indictment is about the WaPo story they blame on Strzok-Page!!!

So they're BLAMING Strzok for SOLVING a leak on Carter Page.

twitter.com

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-11 09:49 AM | Reply

Here are some articles on the Wolfe-Watkins leaks to refresh people's memories:

Love and leaks: Wolfe-Watkins latest couple to draw scrutiny for loose lips and tips

www.foxnews.com

What to Know About Ali Watkins, James Wolfe, and the FBI

www.thecut.com

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-11 09:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Or in case the above is too complicated for some people:

emptywheel @emptywheel

Short version: Mark Meadows is fueling the hoax by attacking Peter Strzok for hunting the guy leaking about Carter Page.

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-11 10:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

So now goppers are against getting access to the truth, when it is about Trump's crimes.

#10 | Posted by bored at 2018-09-11 10:08 AM | Reply

IOW, the tweets are real, but the context being presented by Meadows is not:

Laura Jarrett @LauraAJarrett

Statement from Strzok's atty: "The term ‘media leak strategy' in Mr. Strzok's text refers to a Department-wide initiative to detect and stop leaks to the media. The President and his enablers are once again peddling unfounded conspiracy theories to mislead the American People."

WTF?:

Manu Raju @mkraju

As House conservatives push hard for public release of Carter Page FISA records and notes about interactions Bruce Ohr had with FBI after he met with Steele, they admit they haven't seen the records - and are risking the gambit backfiring

Declassification of Russia investigation materials poses a risky gambit for GOP
www.cnn.com

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-11 10:10 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

Context:

The Frothy Right Is Furious that Peter Strzok Pursued the Guy Leaking about Carter Page

www.emptywheel.net

#12 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-11 10:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#1 You mean like the last two hundred "We got him now!" RussiaGate stories?

Yeah, when are you going to learn?

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat

You're conflating people's personal opinions and wishful thinking with conspiracy theories pushed by media outlets and one of the two major political parties to cover for a legally embattled POTUS.

And you wonder why I think you're an idiot?

BTW gal_tues slapped the ----- out of your garbage post. As expected...

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2018-09-11 11:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"BTW gal_tues slapped the ----- out of your garbage post."

Well, not me:

Glenn Kessler @GlennKesslerWP (Washington Post's Fact Checker columnist)

The always-interesting @emptywheel skillfully dissects the latest conspiracy theory that has @realDonaldTrump up in arms.
www.emptywheel.net ...

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-11 11:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Obama putting dijon mustard on his burger also caused "grave concerns" among the inbreds that make up the GOP.

#15 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-09-11 01:14 PM | Reply

Well, not me

But it turned out exactly as I expected.

Right wing garbage based on dishonesty and deception.

Shocking.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2018-09-11 01:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Posted by HeliumRat

Do you ever grow weary of presenting yourself as a half-witted fool?

#17 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-09-11 06:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's the Gestapo tactics, the censorship, the intimidation, the stalking and the terrorism that are making people #WalkAway.

Please keep it up.

#18 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-09-11 09:10 PM | Reply

It's the Gestapo tactics, the censorship, the intimidation, the stalking and the terrorism that are making people #WalkAway.
Please keep it up.

#18 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT

Get caught pushing blatantly intellectually dishonest garbage and then whine like a girl that you're really the victim?

LOL *points* idiot.

#19 | Posted by jpw at 2018-09-11 11:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"It's the Gestapo tactics"

Well, you're the expert.

#20 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-09-11 11:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

emptywheel @emptywheel

I've updated my piece on Mark Meadows' latest hoax with his correction.

The Frothy Right Is Furious that Peter Strzok Pursued the Guy Leaking about Carter Page
www.emptywheel.net

Here is the correction she added:

Update: After Jerrold Nadler and Elijah Cummings released a response noting some of Meadows' errors, he fixed just one of the errors in his letter, admitting that the "well done, Page" language was actually from an April 22, 2017 text that reads, "article is out! Well done, Page," and which obviously refers to this story on Jim Comey.

#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-11 11:28 PM | Reply

Kyle Cheney @kyledcheney

UPDATE: House Dems say the Strzok texts released by Rep. Meadows are clearly about a DOJ media leak *prevention* strategy and that Strzok's congratulatory text was more likely about a Comey profile published April 22.

Democrats Call Bologna on Meadows' Strzok-Page Theory

Strzok, Page were not talking about leaking to the press, Democrats say -- they were talking about combatting leaks

Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Jerrold Nadler of New York, the top Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary Committees, respectively, said Meadows ripped two isolated text messages out of context to paint an inaccurate picture of the text conversation between Strzok and Page.

www.rollcall.com

#22 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-12 12:11 AM | Reply

Cummings and Nadler Issue Statement After GOP Leaks and Mischaracterizes Documents -- Again

"Republicans in Congress repeatedly cherry-pick, mischaracterize, and then leak bits and pieces of documents to fabricate conspiracy theories to protect President Trump, and this is just the latest example. The documents clearly show that Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page were not discussing how to leak documents to the press -- but whether the Justice Department should change its regulations to stop leaks to the media. We don't know how many times Republicans will try this same trick -- or how many times President Trump will take advantage of them -- but they need to start fulfilling their constitutional duty to conduct credible oversight of the Executive Branch rather than acting as the President's personal defense counsel."

democrats-judiciary.house.gov

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-12 12:17 AM | Reply

Hey Helium,

Grovel at my feet and I won't rub your face in this pile every time you post on this site.

Seriously, if Republicans Are Lying was a casino game they'd have an excuse for Trump bankrupting three of them.

#24 | Posted by jpw at 2018-09-12 01:02 AM | Reply

#24 | Posted by jpw

Dude, you don't know what just happened to me. 11 viruses, three identified as key-board loggers. And all of them got past Windows Defender. We take security very seriously here in the snack and beverage industry, and when I called for help, they came.

At work, if it has customer data on it or source code, it's not networked. We use "sneaker net" - that's where you download data onto a memstick and use your sneakers to take it the other box and upload it from there.

What just happened to me freaked the living crap out of me. And this isn't the only blog it's been happening on. And I don't think they caught all the little bugs, because now that Vault 7 is open, there is no real defense.

As a professional programmer, I can tell you why it takes 10,000 clock cycles to send a WM_Message through the Windows message loop: so that every running program gets to read it.

Windows could very easily allow one instantiated class object to point straight at another to deliver a message, but it doesn't. Also, it deliberately uses a total list of running programs, instead of using a simple hash table, which would drop the processor time down to maybe at least 100 clock cycles. And I'm not the only programmer that has suggested doing that. For over a decade.

I have seen the inside of Wincore.dll.

Windows was designed to be insecure.

#25 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-09-12 06:29 AM | Reply

IOW, the tweets are real, but the context being presented by Meadows is not

What?

A GOPPER lying about things to make it look bad?

Shocking.

In other breaking news, it was dark tonight.

#26 | Posted by 726 at 2018-09-12 08:09 AM | Reply

The second clue that this story is -------- is that it is on Foxnews.

#27 | Posted by 726 at 2018-09-12 08:10 AM | Reply

Dude, you don't know what just happened to me. 11 viruses, three identified as key-board loggers. And all of them got past Windows Defender. We take security very seriously here in the snack and beverage industry

Obviously not.

If you took security seriously you would NOT be getting hacked.

No one breaches my firewalls because My Mojo is so much better than theirs. Viruses are only effective if you have not patched your systems or do not keep your virus scanner up to date..

Sounds like you suck as badly as an IT professional as you do as a Russian stooge...especially if you are getting hacked that badly.

Have you considered that maybe your handlers are pissed at how poorly you are representing them lately?

Maybe it was just your first "horse head in the bed" warning...

#28 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-09-12 03:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Sounds like you suck as badly as an IT professional as you do as a Russian stooge"

QFT.
Spends all day on Alex Jones websites.
Wonders if that's how Hillary Clinton hacked him.

#29 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-09-12 03:07 PM | Reply

a top Republican congressman

That's all I need to hear to know it's --------.

#1 | Posted by jpw

Did he write the e-mails?

#30 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-09-12 03:43 PM | Reply

The President is literally complaining that Lisa Page and Peter Strzok pursued the guy who leaked about Carter Page, but the entire frothy right is too stupid to recognize a Mark Meadows hoax, so there you have it.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

They were the leak sweetie.

#31 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-09-12 03:45 PM | Reply

Do you ever grow weary of presenting yourself as a half-witted fool?

#17 | Posted by Angrydad

Wou sure don't.

#32 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-09-12 03:47 PM | Reply

Wou sure don't.
#32 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Perfect response.

#33 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-09-12 03:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

re: security and hacking

no matter how serious anyone takes security, the risk to hacking always exists. You mitigate risk to the best of the current technological capabilities, but hackers are always innovating.

#34 | Posted by klifferd at 2018-09-12 04:07 PM | Reply

Did he write the e-mails?

#30 | POSTED BY SNIPER

It's called cherry picking moron.

#35 | Posted by jpw at 2018-09-12 10:44 PM | Reply

It's called cherry picking moron.

#35 | POSTED BY JPW

Stop picking on the moron, Cherry! 🍒

#36 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-09-12 10:58 PM | Reply

"They were the leak sweetie."

No, honeybun, the leaker was James Wolfe, and he leaked to his lover the journalist Ali Watkins (among others). See my posts #7 & 8.

#37 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-13 12:07 AM | Reply

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