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Mon Sep 14, 2020, 02:27 PM

5. For what it's worth: Found this article that gave me (some) pause about Brian Murphy

Miles Taylor takes issue with some of Murphy's claims.

The Latest Trump Whistle-Blower Merits Some Skepticism
A former administration official who has since endorsed Joe Biden has a few questions about the allegations.


Murphy also claims he was transferred out of his job in the aftermath of complaints to other senior officials that he was being ordered to “manipulate intelligence for political reasons.” Murphy actually lost his job in the aftermath of a Washington Post story that his office was compiling intelligence reports on journalists covering the riots in Portland, Oregon. This was the reason for his demotion Murphy was given at the time by acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf. Murphy’s whistle-blower complaint acknowledges the Post story but says it was “flawed” or “completely erroneous.”

Murphy also says that he was pressured to produce intelligence analysis of riots this summer to cohere with Trump’s view that the violence was organized by antifa radicals. “Mr. Murphy declined to modify any of the intelligence assessments based upon political rhetoric,” his complaint says.

Maybe so — but Murphy appears to have come to this conclusion on his own. Ben Wittes, the editor of Lawfare, posted a July 25 memo from Murphy directing his subordinates to stop calling violence in Portland “opportunistic,” suggesting the riots and arson in that city were simply the result of crowds getting out of hand. He instead said there was overwhelming intelligence that the violence in Portland was at least inspired by antifa/anarchist ideology.

IMO, there might be more to this than meets the eye.

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