James Bond where are you?

Paraphrasing a quote from rapper DMX, British Prime Minister Theresa May is certainly “gonna lose her mind up in here” about the US Intelligence apparatus leaking intelligence information AGAIN in the Manchester bombing travesty which killed 22 and injured 59 mostly young girls last week. Something she discussed with President Trump in Brussels during his overseas junket. What would Bond…James Bond say? “Keeping the British end up, Sir” as it were.

For the Dunn County Herald

This new leak of confidential information provided by British Intelligence included grisly crime scene photos of the carnage sickening irate Manchester residents who were up in arms the following morning over the New York Times’ decision. Prime Minister May summed up the incident as a violation of a mutual relationship “built on trust, and part of that trust is knowing that intelligence can be shared confidentially.” Something which has been, by all accounts, sorely lacking for a long time in Washington, particularly, since last year’s presidential election. “Shaken not stirred” as they say.

Events which seem to bolster President Trump’s complaints that rogue US Intelligence agencies are leaking classified information to further their own agenda in undermining him. The Times provided its own analysis that it was not the press’ fault but, rather, “a rift between the Trump administration AND US security services.” Which detractors claim ignores US intelligence agencies’ illegal surveillance of American citizens during the Obama Administration, particularly, their clearly defined abuse of British intelligence as it applied to the Trump campaign. “Shocking, simply shocking.”

And, critics also decry the NY Times’ statement that, “the intelligence-sharing relationship between the UK and the US has been one of the closest in the world over the last 60 years.” Pointing to incidents like the breakdown in Benghazi and decrying the Times’ bold statement that, “American journalists traditionally have a more open relationship with the police and intelligence services than their counterparts in the UK.” Instead, arguing that this cozy relationship is more akin to a breach of security than a public right to know. “See, that’s what I like about US intelligence. You’ll lie down with anybody.”

The clear implication is that President Trump can’t keep a secret while others complain that he holds his cards too close to his vest. Regardless, the Times concedes, “Leaks from U.S. government agencies have been occurring for a long time and are deeply troubling.” Repeating Trump’s exact comments prompting Attorney General Jeff Sessions to promise to “make every effort to put an end to these rampant leaks that undermine our nation security.” “Moneypenny! What gives?”

And, Manchester residents decry the Times’ justification for publishing the leaked photos, the name of the bomber and even a map showing exactly where the bomb was detonated and the victims found, it was “neither graphic nor disrespectful of victims.” Unfortunately, they say, nobody checked with the actual victims or their families who vehemently disagree. “Well, I’m afraid you’ve caught me with more than my hands up.”

So, Trump supporters say, as the talking heads keep looking under their bed for the non-existent Russians that foiled an election seven months ago, one is reminded, from Russia with love, that the slow insidious drip of obfuscation, misdirection and nonsense takes time to work, “One of these days we must invent a faster working venom.”

And, an institutional US intelligence apparatus that seems to have dedicated itself to undermining a duly-elected President daring the Justice Department to do something about it, “Moneypenny, won’t you ever believe me?” And, with that, no more Bond quotes.

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