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Watchdog report offers enemies a ‘roadmap’ of US sources and methods: Ex-intel officials

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The Justice Department’s inspector general report contains few redactions, and intelligence veterans worry that could allow hostile spies to examine U.S. sources and methods for gathering secret information.

President Donald Trump gave Attorney General William Barr broad authority on declassifying information, and he apparently kept a light hand in blacking out portions of the 476-page report examining the origins of the Russia probe, reported Politico.

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“Typically DOJ pushes back against efforts to declassify sensitive information,” said David Laufman, a former Justice Department official who’s mentioned in the report and oversaw parts of the Crossfire Hurricane counterintelligence probe.

The Justice Department has final say over declassifying information in public reports, and intelligence veterans were surprised by how few Barr made.

“I would LOVE a roadmap like this from the Russians or Chinese,” said one former intelligence official.

That official was shocked to see a detailed description for how the Crossfire Hurricane investigators determined how they verified some of the intelligence they examined, as well as FBI interview notes summarizing conversations with sources — which could risk long-running operations and their participants.

“Who wants to be a source if you can’t keep a secret?” said another former intelligence official. “It has a chilling effect and makes existing sources anxious about whether their identities will be maintained confidentially.”

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One section of the report seems to confirm previous reporting about the identity of an individual cited in a dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, and the second former intelligence official said that should have stayed classified.

“If a journalist or a foreign intelligence service can identify a human being that way, then too much has been revealed,” that former official said.

“How we handle sources — some of that is already public,” that former official added. “But the identity of sources and the specific procedures for vetting them are usually among the most carefully guarded information we have.”

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Internet heaps praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for his ‘must watch’ destruction of Rod Blagojevich

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CNN's Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his "fiery rebuke" of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were "bullsh*t."

During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.

Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.

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Bill Barr’s relationship with Trump ‘on the rocks’ as unleashed president ‘openly defies him’: ex-prosecutor

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In a CNN segment analyzing Donald Trump's insistent comments and tweets about Justice Department business, former federal prosecutor Eli Honig stated that the relationship between the president and Attorney General Bill Barr is now "on the rocks" and does not look promising for the future.

Speaking with "New Day" host Christi Paul, Honig explained that Barr has repeatedly cautioned the president about his comments but that Trump is flat out ignoring the Attorney general -- meaning that their relationship has taken a bad turn.

"It's interesting, Christi, the relationship between Trump and Barr seems to be on the rocks," Honig explained. "We saw Bill Barr step up and show some spine when he said to ABC News, the president is making my job impossible."

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Trump is doing Putin’s bidding by ‘spreading misinformation’ about new Russian election meddling report: Ex-NSC official

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Appearing on CNN on Saturday morning, former National Security Council official Samantha Vinograd stated that Donald Trump attacks on a new U.S. intelligence report showing ten Russians are already meddling in the 2020 election is exactly what Russian President Vladimir Putin would want him to do.

Speaking with hosts Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul, Vinograd accused Trump of spreading misinformation because it helps his re-election chances.

"The key question, though, is on the misinformation and disinformation front," Vinobrad explained. "Christi, you don't fight a Russian campaign with misinformation about the campaign. President Trump calling it a Democratic hoax is exactly what Putin is hoping for from this president."

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