It should come as no surprise to anyone that James Clapper and John Brennan illegally spied on congressional offices. After all, they spied on everyone else. Sen Chuck Grassley has been trying to get these documents since 2014 and this week, he finally got them. Grassley has always been big on whistleblowers. At the time of his original request, both Clapper and Brennan refused to hand them over – and now we know why! They were spying on congressional offices that were working with whistleblowers. This gave them a heads-up on who and what was being revealed by the whistleblowers in order to give themselves time to undermine the witnesses and possibly what documents needed to be destroyed.
The documents show that on March 28, 2014, I. Charles McCullough III, who then served as the Intelligence Community’s watchdog, wrote to Congress that CIA’s security division had read emails exchanged between congressional staffers and the top official in the Intelligence Community Inspector General office that protects whistleblowers.
McCullough also said that CIA security provided reports of the monitoring to offices where some of the whistleblowers worked.
McCullough said that though the routine monitoring was legal, he was concerned “about the potential compromise to whistleblower confidentiality and the consequent ‘chilling effect’ that the present CI monitoring system might have on Intelligence Community whistleblowing.”
Their actions undermined the whistleblower act and made the whistleblowers vulnerable.
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