Trump or CIA: Which Side Are You On?

These are admittedly confusing times to be on the left. For example, it’s disorienting to discover that you agree with Maine’s Republican Governor Paul LePage about anything, but it’s hard to disagree with his take on Chumpcare:

Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that he is “very, very discouraged and disappointed” with the House Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“Right now, I am very, very discouraged and disappointed with what the House Republicans are introducing,” LePage, a Republican, said on the “George Hale and Ric Tyler Show” on WVOM Maine radio. “Basically it’s not much better than—in fact, I don’t know, they haven’t scored it yet, so we don’t know what the cost is. But based on what I see and I’m reading and what has happened here in Maine over the last 15 years, I don’t think it’s an improvement.”

Or consider this. Since WikiLeaks has just released a trove of documents from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, who do you think our president will side with? Will he side with the folks who worked with his buddy Roger Stone to destroy Hillary Clinton’s campaign?

Or will Trump side with the folks who are pretty clearly convinced that he was in collusion with the Russians and have been treating him as a counterintelligence case?

Will people on the left be outraged that Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah said that they can just give up their Android phones if they need extra coin to afford health insurance, or will they save their energy to criticize the CIA for making sure that Android phones are insecure?

And what about those televisions? I mean, I have a Samsung Smart TV in my bedroom that I hope DCI Mike Pompeo enjoys:

Some of the details of the C.I.A. programs might have come from the plot of a spy novel for the cyberage, revealing numerous highly classified — and in some cases, exotic — hacking programs. One, code-named Weeping Angel, uses Samsung “smart” televisions as covert listening devices. According to the WikiLeaks news release, even when it appears to be turned off, the television “operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the internet to a covert C.I.A. server.”

It should be interesting to see how Trump behaves. And if he didn’t see this WikiLeak assault on his intelligence services coming, maybe he should ask Roger Stone why he didn’t get a heads-up this time.

Or, maybe Stone’s involved in this leak, too, and this is how Trump tries to get the Intelligence Community to back off their push to have him ousted for Russian collusion.

It’s a bit of a problem that that possibility actually seems rational in this insane environment.

Viva LePage! Viva the CIA!

Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly and the main blogger at Booman Tribune.