Barack Obama’s illegal domestic spying is finally catching up with him.
Now that he’s out of office, the truth about the extent of his abuse of power is now being revealed.
And it’s worse than anyone ever thought.
The latest shoe to drop in the ongoing scandal over Obama’s illegal spying involves the FBI.
New reports reveal the FBI shared raw intelligence about Americans with third parties who never should have had access to that information.
The FBI has illegally shared raw intelligence about Americans with unauthorized third parties and violated other constitutional privacy protections, according to newly declassified government documents that undercut the bureau’s public assurances about how carefully it handles warrantless spy data to avoid abuses or leaks.
In his final congressional testimony before he was fired by President Trump this month, then-FBI Director James Comey unequivocally told lawmakers his agency used sensitive espionage data gathered about Americans without a warrant only when it was “lawfully collected, carefully overseen and checked.”
Once-top secret U.S. intelligence community memos reviewed by Circa tell a different story, citing instances of “disregard” for rules, inadequate training and “deficient” oversight and even one case of deliberately sharing spy data with a forbidden party.
For instance, a ruling declassified this month by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) chronicles nearly 10 pages listing hundreds of violations of the FBI’s privacy-protecting minimization rules that occurred on Comey’s watch.
The behavior the FBI admitted to a FISA judge just last month ranged from illegally sharing raw intelligence with unauthorized third parties to accessing intercepted attorney-client privileged communications without proper oversight the bureau promised was in place years ago.
Is this how so much classified information has been leaked to the press during the first few months of the Trump administration?
Embarrassing gossip such as the contents of phone calls with foreign leaders, to illegal leaks about Trump sharing intelligence with Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting, to Michael Flynn’s phone calls with the Russian Ambassador have made their way into the press.
Is this one piece of the puzzle that reveals how the Deep State is feeding the media?
It may be the case.
Circa also reports:
But by early 2017, the court became more concerned after the Obama administration disclosed significant violations of privacy protections at two separate intelligence agencies involved in the Section 702 program.
The most serious involved the NSA searching for American data it was forbidden to search. But the FBI also was forced to admit its agents and analysts shared espionage data with prohibited third parties, ranging from a federal contractor to a private entity that did not have the legal right to see the intelligence.
Such third-party sharing is a huge political concern now as Congress and intelligence community leaders try to stop the flow of classified information to parties that could illegally disclose or misuse it, such as the recent leak that disclosed intercepted communications between the Russian ambassador and Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
This report could also shed some light on why former FBI Director Jim Comey seemed less than enthusiastic about investigating these leaks.
While he needlessly politicized the fake news Russia conspiracy theory, he ignored the real crimes — the illegal leaks of classified information.
Maybe he was doing so because it would have required him to dig through the misconduct of his own FBI.