ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST: The 2017 assessment that the President says he now agrees with, that was done while you and then NCI Director John Brennan were still in office. So, how can we reconcile the President attacking you, but apparently after a very long time finally, allegedly saying — or saying he allegedly agrees with the product of the intelligence community that you, yourself oversaw?
JAMES CLAPPER: Yes, well, this is — yes, as we’ve come to know the President, he is not a stalwart for a consistency or coherence. So it’s very hard to explain that. One point I’d like to make, Anderson, that I don’t think has come up very much before, and I’m alluding now to the President’s criticism of President Obama for all that he did or didn’t do before he left office with respect to the Russian meddling. If it weren’t for President Obama, we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today, notably, special counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for that, and it was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place. I think it’s an important point when it comes to critiquing President Obama.It sounds to me like what is really happening here is, various members of the Left (Here Clapper, who also mentions Obama) are attempting to construct an alibi. And in constructing an alibi, they are attempting to change the subject from "Collusion" to "Interference", saying that's all they were talking about in the first place.
In this video, from about a year ago, James Clapper tells his side of the story. He tells us why he wouldn't refute the Steele Dossier, and expresses his disdain for Donald Trump's criticism of it's having been leaked. He won't defend the Dossier, but he won't refute it. He takes no responsibility for having damaged his own office at the CIA, or the office of the Presidency. The pivotal part begins at the 3:40 mark:
In December 2017, Clapper told CNN that Russian President Vladimir Putin “knows how to handle an asset, and that’s what he’s doing with” Trump.
Note that, in the above video, Clapper also says he shared Intelligence with Putin, and that he got almost nothing in return for it.
DOES THAT MEAN CLAPPER WAS AN ASSET ALSO?
Later in the video, Clapper tries to walk back his statement that Trump is being used by Putin as an Asset.
But we all know what an Intelligence Asset is:
In intelligence, assets are persons within organizations or countries being spied upon who provide information for an outside spy. They are sometimes referred to as agents, and in law enforcement parlance, as confidential informants, or "CIs" for short.
There are different categories of assets, including people who:
1) Willingly work for a foreign government for ideological reasons such as being against their government, but live in a country that doesn't allow political opposition. They may elect to work with a foreign power to change their own country because there are few other ways available.
2) Work for monetary gain. Intelligence services often pay good wages to people in important positions that are willing to betray secrets.
3) Have been blackmailed and are forced into their role.
4) Do not even know they are being used (so called "useful idiots"). Assets can be loyal to their country, but may still provide a foreign agent with information through failures in information safety, such as using insecure computers or not following proper OPSEC procedures during day-to-day chatting.Apparently, Clappet himself was used as the "Useful Idiot" Intelligence Assset.
But what type of Asset did Clapper believe Trump to be?
Here, in this informational video from the New York Daily News, we find that Clapper thought Trump was being manipulated into being an Asset to Putin through Blackmail, and that this scandal is WORSE THAN WATERGATE:
Here is a link to the article from the Daily News.
Clapper has been very cagey about not using the word "Collusion" with respect to Trump. But, let's be honest, calling Trump an Intelligence Asset of Vladimir Putin is the same thing. Especially given his assertion that Trump must have been blackmailed.
And, of course, that was the point of the Steele Dossier; that Trump didn't want information about such things as the "Pee-pee" sessions to come out, so he, instead, colluded with Russia.
Clapper is a particularly viscous piece of shit, the kind where you have to wipe and wipe, and still it doesn't come clean.