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Relying on defence (and financial) analysts is like listening to shamans, high priests telling the will of gods, predicting the next harvest.
by das monde on Tue Feb 7th, 2017 at 01:18:03 AM EST
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That may be the case, but listening to spies' advice about whom may, in fact, be a foreign spy in the White House, seems much better than discarding such advice on that particular matter.
by santiago on Tue Feb 14th, 2017 at 09:49:38 PM EST
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If they were talking about Israeli, Turkish, or Saudi spies, sure.

But they've found fifty of the last five Russian spies, so when they claim there's a Russian spy the appropriate response is a shrug and a snicker.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Feb 15th, 2017 at 06:49:41 PM EST
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Have they really?

How many fake Russian spies have actually ever been accused by US intelligence agencies. Even the Rosenbergs were eventually found in the declassified Kremlin archives to have been exactly the spies they were accused of being. I'm sure there must be some, but 50/5 seems like a gross exaggeration. And since accusing a presidential candidate, and now a sitting US head of state, of being such a spy, or a at least under the influence of, of Russia is so extraordinary, simply brushing it off to spy agency incompetence seems ridiculous.  At least sister- site Booman is taking it seriously.

by santiago on Thu Feb 16th, 2017 at 05:14:29 PM EST
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How many fake Russian spies have actually ever been accused by US intelligence agencies.
Uh, every political leader in the third world between roughly 1950 and 1990 who wanted the local mining or banana company to pay tax has been accused of being either a Russian or Chinese infiltrator. Along with most of the anti Viet Nam war movement leadership, and more than a few inconvenient American newsies who committed journalism. And probably a Finnish president or two, though I don't have the references on hand for those.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Feb 16th, 2017 at 10:27:55 PM EST
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