by WorldTribune Staff, August 13, 2018
The revelation that a Chinese spy had been Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s personal driver for 20 years garnered scant attention from the same major media players who can’t get enough of the suspected Russian spying on the Trump campaign, a columnist noted.
“The mainstream media desperately want to deflect attention away from a huge spy scandal involving the ranking Democrat senator on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence,” columnist Thomas Lifson wrote for American Thinker on Aug. 12.
“If you think our major media are going to inform us of the dimensions of the intelligence loss, or investigate Feinstein’s financial connections to China, from which she and her husband have made millions of dollars, forget about it.”
Marc Thiessen, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, said that the Feinstein incident “is a big deal.” Thiessen said he asked several former senior intelligence and law enforcement officials how serious the Feinstein breach might have been.
“It’s plenty serious,” one former top Justice Department official told Thiessen. “Focusing on his driver function alone, in Mafia families, the boss’s driver was among the most trusted men in the crew, because among other things he heard everything that was discussed in the car.”
Related: Report: Feinstein has had extensive and lucrative relationship with communist China, Aug. 8, 2018
The news of the spy on Feinstein’s staff was revealed five years after it was discovered and was reported “to almost no fanfare, buried deep in a Politico story on other matters,” Lifson wrote.
“The reason is obvious. The contrast with the treatment received by the Trump campaign when a Russian spy was merely suspected (on the basis of what appear to be ginned-up concerns over Carter Page, an FBI informant) is so stark as to raise serious question as to the integrity of the FBI counterintelligence operation,” Lifson wrote.
“The NSA’s ability to monitor every form of electronic communications except ham radio was mobilized to spy on the presidential campaign of the opposition party to the Obama administration. No notification to the campaign was offered, unlike Feinstein’s treatment.”
The entire Feinstein incident “is being presented to the public as no big deal,” Lifson wrote.
A former CIA officer told Thiessen what the agency would do if they had recruited the driver of a senior official like Feinstein: “We would have the driver record on his phone all conversations that Feinstein would have with passengers and phone calls in her car. If she left her phone, iPad or laptop in the car while she went to meetings, social events, dinners, etc., we would have the driver download all her devices.
“If the driver drove for her for 20 years he would probably would have had access to her office and homes. We would have had the source put down an audio device in her office or homes if the opportunity presented itself. Depending on the take from all of what the source reported, we would use the info to target others that were close to her and exhibited some type of vulnerability.”