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FEATURE: Why Bob Woodward Was Called An ‘FBI Asset’

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Imagine a replay of Watergate only worse.  

In both the original and the replay, the same Washington D.C. reporter, whose parents were Communist Party members connected to Soviet atomic spies and who were under FBI surveillance for decades, teamed up with the same second D.C. reporter, who was outed as an “FBI asset,” to take down a sitting Republican President of the United States.

In both instances the “unnamed source” leaking information to these two reporters turned out to be the Deputy Director of the FBI.

This is a remake.

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Some of the players have even reprised their old roles.

We have seen this movie before.

Only this time we now know the history of one of the reporters and his connection to the Rosenberg-Sobell Soviet atomic spy ring. We also know the history of the second reporter, who has been identified as an “FBI asset.”

This time around, the FBI Deputy Director is not Mark “Deep Throat” Felt. It is the now-fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

This is stunning – decades apart in time two separate FBI Deputy Directors leaked information about the then-sitting President of the United States to a pair of reporters, one of whom hails from a family intertwined with the Soviet spy ring that handed America’s nuclear secrets to Joseph Stalin and the other of whom was an “FBI asset.”

Both of these FBI Deputy Directors had to know with whom they were dealing.

Mountains of FBI evidence and now-declassified files as well as archival newspaper reports leave little doubt that both of those FBI Deputy Directors would have known that one of the reporters to whom they were leaking was the son of Communist Party members connected to a Soviet spy ring.

Those Soviet spies were behind one of the worst Cold War espionage disasters in U.S. history. The information gleaned by Stalin from them permanently damaged U.S. nuclear security and military technical superiority and cost thousands of U.S. troops their lives. Both of those FBI Deputy Directors would have also known that the second reporter to whom they were leaking was an “FBI asset.”

Both cases appear to be operations involving the highest levels of the FBI and operatives with troubling connections to the spy services of the Soviet Union (in the first case) and the Russian Federation.

The underlying alleged crime in the Watergate story was the President’s involvement in a cover-up of the break-in at DNC headquarters at the Watergate Complex.

In the current story the cover-up has been replaced with a “Russian Collusion” narrative and nebulous implications that the President is working with Russian intelligence services.

That evaporating Russia narrative is now being conflated with a new narrative that suggests that President Trump is a lunatic or had a “nervous breakdown.”

Woodward and Bernstein’s Watergate Redux

Watergate reporting partners Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward are attempting a Deep State maneuver to frame President Trump as a crazed, out-of-control, pro-Russia tyrant who poses an unacceptable risk to U.S. national security.

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe knew days ahead of time that CNN planned to break a story that U.S. intelligence chiefs briefed President-Elect Trump about the now-discredited dossier. The CNN story written by Carl Bernstein and three other CNN reporters was published on January 10, 2017, before BuzzFeed News published the dossier.

The Federalist reported in a May 21, 2018 story titled “BREAKING: E-mails Show FBI Brass Discussed Dossier Briefing Details With CNN”: Newly revealed e-mails show that former Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) deputy director Andrew McCabe was keenly aware of CNN’s internal understanding of a secret briefing about the infamous Steele dossier, days before CNN published any stories on the matter. The e-mails, which were obtained by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), also reveal that top officials used coded language to refer to the salacious and unverified allegations made by Steele.”

Bruce Ohr testified that McCabe was among the FBI officials with whom “he discussed the anti-Trump dossier and had given some related research” the Washington Examiner reported.

These revelations put McCabe at the top of the production pipeline that manufactured the fake Trump Russia dossier. They also place McCabe squarely in the middle of the cabal’s conspiracy to break their dossier story via CNN reporter Bernstein.

Ultimately, Woodward and Bernstein hope to once again bring down a sitting Republican U.S. President. This is the same fate Richard Nixon met following the dynamic duo’s Watergate exposé. Woodward recently added to the narrative with the release of his anti-Trump book “Fear.”

Woodward conceded, however, that he could find no evidence of Trump collusion with Russia.

Woodward’s previous reporting was based upon a gaggle of anonymous sources. His accusations against President Trump and two upstanding generals in his administration, of sterling reputation, was met with derision and a chorus of “liar.” Woodward has now turned to innuendo of a Presidential “nervous breakdown.”

Woodward has come up with a new “story.”

Without providing evidence, Woodward makes veiled allusions that Trump is a Russian agent. Woodward asserts that the answer to the Trump Russia investigation lies in Moscow. Woodward claims that if he were to travel to Russia to uncover the “truth” about Trump “he would be killed.”

My word! One might think this is a display of Woodward’s own mental illness! Will we soon not be seeing the men in white coats carting away Bob Woodward for a “rest”?  Not likely in the current left-leaning media environment.

Moreover, Mr. Woodward is further protected from attack by the liberal establishment and its media handmaidens. This is evidenced by a U.S. State Department email from Hillary-fixer Sid Blumenthal that exposed Woodward as “an FBI asset” since his Watergate days. Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit discovered the 2012 State Department email that was released in 2015.

That is correct, according to Blumenthal’s email, Woodward was not only working with FBI Deputy Director Mark Felt (a.k.a. “Deep Throat” who more accurately should have been called “Deep State”) but was in fact a current “FBI asset” whose career depended upon that arrangement with the FBI.

“One evening that summer, a few weeks after the Watergate break-in, Mr. Woodward, then a neophyte newspaperman, knocked on Mr. Felt’s door in pursuit of the story. Mr. Felt decided to co-operate with him and set up an elaborate system of espionage techniques for clandestine meetings with Mr. Woodward” Politico reported in 2008. 

 

U.S. Navy Lt. Bob Woodward

According to Texas A&M University’s Colodny Collection of Watergate materials: Bob Woodward lied to conceal his early ties to General Alexander Haig. In 1969 and 1970, Navy Lt. Bob Woodward manned the Pentagon’s secret communications room, which transmitted messages around the world, including the back channel communications for Henry Kissinger and President Richard Nixon. In that duty, Woodward often delivered messages from the world’s top leaders to Gen. Alexander Haig, Kissinger’s deputy at the National Security Council.

“Woodward held a ‘top secret crypto’ security clearance,” Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin wrote in their book “Silent Coup: The Removal of a President.”

The other half of the Watergate “dynamic duo” also had a history that would bring to mind questions regarding his motivations.

Bernstein’s Communist Party family tied to Soviet atomic spies

The upside-down irony of this Watergate 2.0 circus is that Carl Bernstein’s family is connected to the most famous Soviet atomic spies.

Former “Washington Post” reporter and current CNN contributor Bernstein, leading the network’s Trump-Russia collusion hysteria, is the son of Communist Party members who were under FBI surveillance for 35 years.

Bernstein’s parents were deeply connected to the Soviet spies who stole America’s nuclear secrets and other critical classified military intelligence:  Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Morton Sobell.

Carl Bernstein grew up in a nest of communism.

In his book Loyalties: A Son’s Memoir, Bernstein tells that his parents were atheists. “There was no Hebrew, no Torah, and sparse mention of God.”  Every fall the Bernstein family commemorated the Bolshevik revolution  “the anniversary of the Russian Revolution — October Division.” The Bernsteins’ religion was, as prescribed by collectivist regimes everywhere, communism.

The FBI monitored the activities of Carl Bernstein’s parents Sylvia Walker Bernstein and Alfred David Bernstein in San Francisco and in Washington D.C. The FBI amassed 2,500 pages of files on Carl Bernstein’s parents, according to Bernstein’s book. A search for Sylvia Bernstein in the FBI Vault returns two pages of links to declassified documents alone.

“Starting in 1942, the Federal Bureau of Investigation put the family under surveillance, which became a full-scale investigation” The New York Times noted in its review of Bernstein’s book.

Frank S. Tavenner, Chief Counsel to the House Un-American Activities Committee, questioned Sylvia Bernstein before the committee on July 12, 1954.

Mary Stalcup Markward was the Director of Party Membership for the Washington, D.C. District Communist Party while secretly working as an FBI informant.

During the hearing, Tavenner told Sylvia Bernstein that Markward had previously testified that Communist Party officials transfer the communist wives of U.S. government officials into the secret underground Communist Party club to protect their husbands’ jobs. Markward testified that Elizabeth Searle, “Chairman of the Communist Party in Washington, D.C, told me to get in touch with Sylvia Bernstein and inform her she was to be transferred to this underground club because it was too dangerous to her husband’s position for her to be in the white collar section of the party.” 

When Tavenner asked Sylvia Bernstein if Markward’s testimony was true, Sylvia Bernstein refused to answer, invoking her Fifth Amendment right so as not to incriminate herself.

Carl Bernstein conceded that not only were his parents Communist Party members, but that they also held a meeting at the Bernstein home with accused Soviet spy and fellow communist party member Helen Levitov Sobell, wife of convicted Soviet spy Morton Sobell. The U.S. government also compiled a massive FBI file on Helen and Morton Sobell.  

Also attending the meeting at the Bernstein household was communist defense attorney Emanuel “Manny” Bloch. Bloch represented Soviet atomic spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and their codefendant, admitted Soviet spy Morton Sobell. Bloch, the Bernstein couple, the Rosenbergs, and the Sobells were all comrades in the Communist Party.

Carl Bernstein wrote in Loyalties:  A Son’s Memoir:

I cannot say precisely how old I was when the Rosenbergs became a presence in our house. Six or seven, maybe eight. At first they were just a name, the subject of dinner-table conversation between my parents. There were a series of names, actually: Emanuel Bloch, Helen Sobell, Ethel Weichbrod, Michael and Robbie, others. Over the next couple of years some of the names became faces and everything became terrifyingly real. Bloch was the Rosenbergs’ lawyer; he and Morton Sobell’s wife Helen, came to visit us. Sobell had been convicted with the Rosenbergs. My mother and her friend Ethel Weichbrod organized the Washington Committee to Secure Justice for Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Morton and Helen Sobell had previously fled to Mexico, where the two fugitives sought ocean passage to the Soviet Union. Mexican authorities apprehended the Sobells and turned them over to the FBI. During their capture, Morton Sobell attempted to grab a Mexican agent’s firearm. 

Helen Sobell was on the FBI’s Security Index. The Security Index was a list of individuals considered such a high risk to national security that they were to be rounded up were hostilities to break out between the Soviet Union and the United States.

Alfred Bernstein, who obtained a law degree from Columbia University, “defended 500 public employees accused of disloyalty,” the “Los Angeles Times” noted. Alfred Bernstein was also on the Security Index.

 Carl Bernstein wrote in Loyalties:  A Son’s Memoir:

In San Francisco the peer pressure to join the Party was incredible,” my mother said by the pool . . .  I picked this moment to ask my mother whether she had wanted a revolution in this country . . . “I always thought by peaceful means . . . public ownership of the means of production . . . what happened to us would have happened anyway, without the CP membership.

“THIS BOOK IS FOR MY PARENTS. I AM PROUD OF THE CHOICES THEY MADE” Bernstein wrote in dedication section of Loyalties, which he also dedicated to Woodward.

The U.S. government accused the Rosenbergs and Morton Sobell of conspiracy to commit atomic espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union, a fact later proven by the secret U.S. Army/NSA Venona Project that decrypted Soviet cable traffic. Venona was so secret that not even President Franklin D. Roosevelt was notified of its existence.

The decrypted cables proved that Julius Rosenberg led the Soviet spy ring that penetrated the Manhattan Project.

The Rosenberg-Sobell atomic espionage trial shocked the nation as Americans came to grip with the fact that U.S. national security had been severely compromised by Soviet spies. 

In 2008 Morton Sobell “dramatically reversed himself” and admitted to “The New York Times” that he provided U.S. military secrets to the Soviet Union.

According to “The Weekly Standard

Sobell was a Red Diaper Baby. His parents were both Communists; his mother led party meetings in the family’s apartment when Morton was a toddler . . . It never occurred to Sobell to be anything other than a devoted Communist. In the ’30s and ’40s, that meant dedicating oneself to Stalin and the Soviet Union.

Sobell’s admission removes all doubt that Helen Sobell was married to a Soviet spy. Morton Sobell is not just a convicted Soviet spy, but an admittedSoviet spy who stole America’s most sensitive military technology secrets. 

Elizabeth Bentley, a Soviet spy-turned FBI informant, revealed in the 1940s that the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA) was working directly for the Soviet Union.

Kathryn Olmsted noted in her book Red Spy Queen:  A Biography of Elizabeth Bentleythat Bentley, during her testimony at the Rosenbergs’ trial:

obligingly explained that all Communists were potential or actual spies for Moscow. “The Communist Party being part of the Communist International,” she said, “only served the interests of Moscow, whether it be propaganda or espionage or sabotage”. . 

. . . In turning down the Rosenbergs’ appeal, Judge Jerome Frank wrote that she “supplied the missing link connecting the Communist Party with the Soviet Union.”

When Judge Irving R. Kaufman sentenced the Rosenbergs to death on April 5, 1951, he stated:

I consider your crime worse than murder . . . . I believe your conduct in putting into the hands of the Russians the A-bomb years before our best scientists predicted Russia would perfect the bomb has already caused, in my opinion, the Communist aggression in Korea, with the resultant casualties exceeding 50,000 and who knows but that millions more of innocent people may pay the price of your treason. Indeed, by your betrayal you undoubtedly have altered the course of history to the disadvantage of our country. No one can say that we do not live in a constant state of tension. We have evidence of your treachery all around us every day for the civilian defense activities throughout the nation are aimed at preparing us for an atom bomb attack.

Morton Sobell was sentenced to 30 years in prison and sent to Alcatraz.

In 2010, Morton Sobell went further and admitted to journalist Steven Ustin that he and his Rosenberg spy ring comrades stole massive amounts of classified data, as revealed by “The Weekly Standard.”  Sobell, Rosenberg, William Perl, and one other Soviet spy (who Sobell refused to name) stole “all the manuals and secrets from Langley Field from a safe at Columbia” University —a theft of nearly two thousand pages of classified documents. “It was 1948 or 1949 he [Sobell] said,” “The Weekly Standard” reported.  

Sobell and Rosenberg spent a weekend, which the FBI suspects included the Fourth of July, photographing the documents with a Leica camera provided by the Soviets that was smuggled into the U.S. through Mexico. The Soviet spies then delivered a heavy box of exposed film rolls to the Soviets during a rendezvous on a Long Island train platform.

The stolen documents included NACA (predecessor of NASA) advanced aeronautical designs that Moscow used to develop the MiG fighter jets flown by communist forces against the U.S. military during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. 

“Mr. Sobell passed on thousands of pages of text and drawings of valuable military secrets about sonar, radar, infrared rays and the aiming devices for artillery pieces, along with the first data on missile-guidance systems that could be used for the atomic bomb” “The Wall Street Journal” reported in June 2018, citing the memoir of Sobell’s handler, Alexander Feklisov.

Asked by “The Wall Street Journal” about the terrors of the Soviet Union, Morton Sobell replied “without batting an eyelash,” “well, that comes with the territory.”

Historian Alexander Solzhenitsyn and others estimate Stalin killed 60 million.

“According to ‘Loyalties,’ . . . Sylvia Walker Bernstein, the daughter of Russian immigrants…did secretarial work at the War Department…During the Clinton administration, she was a White House volunteer and answered the correspondence of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton” “The Washington Post” reported.

The Clinton White House was known for its lax security and security clearance backlog, which may explain how Sylvia Walker Bernstein gained access to the First Lady’s inner sanctum, or, perhaps not.

“The Washington Post,” Woodward, and Bernstein

Reporters Woodward and Bernstein wrote their serial exposé at “The Washington Post.” Woodward still works at “The Washington Post.”

“The Washington Post” was led by Katherine Meyer Graham for decades. Graham oversaw the Watergate coverage during “The Washington Post’s” heyday.

The Meyer family and “The Washington Post” were patrons of communist Saul Alinsky, the author of Rules for Radicals, who advocated for the overthrow of the United States government. Alinsky had “secured the fervent support of important liberals like Agnes E. Meyer of “The Washington Post” “The New York Times” wrote.

Neither President Richard Nixon nor President Donald Trump are known for being fond of communism. 

Richard “Nixon’s dogged pursuit of [Alger] Hiss, from his seat on the House Committee on Un-American Activities, had helped inspire McCarthy to start his hunt for Reds” The Atlanticnoted. 

Nixon leveraged the Pumpkin Papers, a trove of copied State Department classified documents and film passed from Hiss to Whittaker Chambers that were concealed inside a hollowed-out pumpkin at Chamber’s farm, as part of Nixon’s larger effort to track down communist spies that had infiltrated the U.S. government.

Donald Trump’s long-time attorney Roy Cohn was Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Chief Counsel. Cohn was also a U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor during the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and their co-defendant Morton Sobell.

It remains unclear if “The Washington Post,” which now features the phrase “Democracy Dies in Darkness” splashed across its masthead, was aware of Bernstein’s communist parents during the Watergate era, but, if the paper was, its readers were left in the dark.  

Bernstein, Woodward, and CNN

CNN repeatedly sells the false construct that President Trump is colluding with Russia. CNN contributor Carl Bernstein is their leading hitman. 

Numerous CNN segments feature Bernstein covering supposed connections between President Trump and the Russian government.

While CNN continues to spout the “Trump – Russian collusion” narrative, the network neglects to mention that its hired gun “progressive” Carl Bernstein is the son of Communist Party members who were under FBI surveillance for 35 years.  

These CNN segments never include a disclosure to viewers that Bernstein’s family has FBI-established connections to Soviet atomic spies who severely damaged U.S. national security. 

Is this what bald-faced journalistic malpractice looks like? This may explain why President Trump refers to CNN as “fake news.”

During an April 2018 CNN segment with Jake Tapper, Carl Bernstein pronounced:

We may well have not seen such dark days for American democracy and its institutions since the days of Joe McCarthy . . . There is a legitimate investigation into what the Russians did and whether or not the president of the United States and his cohort[s] and aides and families may or may not have been involved in helping the Russians . . . In the whole Cold War the Russians were not able to do what Putin has done through Donald Trump to destabilize the United States and its democratic institutions. It’s stunning. It’s ruinous. 

Bernstein’s “analysis” uses a common communist construct of mirroring one’s own activities onto one’s adversary.

During an August 2018 CNN segment with Wolf Blitzer, Bernstein declares that “we are seeing a president who is behaving and acting unhinged.”

In completely upside down logic, Carl Bernstein slams President Trump’s claim that the FBI is conducting a McCarthyite witch hunt against Trump. Bernstein insists that the FBI is carrying out a “legitimate investigation” against Trump.  This is the same Carl Bernstein that claimed almost 30 years ago that the FBI carried out a McCarthyite witch hunt against the Bernstein family. The contrast between the two FBI investigations could not be more stark:  The Bernstein family, in point of fact, was enmeshed with a Soviet espionage network. Members of the leadership of today’s FBI have been carrying out an illegitimate investigation against Trump.

Mockingbird press conducts an operation against the American People and against a duly elected president 

“In 1977, Carl Bernstein published an exposé of a CIA program known as Operation Mockingbird, a covert program involving, according to Bernstein, ‘more than 400 American journalists who in the past 25 years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency’” The Nation reported.

In his 1977 “Rolling Stone Magazine” article about Operation Mockingbird, Carl Bernstein wrote that “there are perhaps a dozen well known columnists and broadcast commentators whose relationships with the CIA go far beyond those normally maintained between reporters and their sources. They are referred to at the Agency as ‘known assets’ and can be counted on to perform a variety of undercover tasks.”

The objective of Operation Mockingbird was to sell the narrative that the CIA wanted others to believe, regardless of the truth of the matter. Which brings us back to Sidney Blumenthal’s email.

Blumenthal outed Woodward as an “FBI asset.”

Bernstein and Woodward, as two well-known journalists who fit the Mockingbird profile, continue to tell untruths about President Donald Trump and his “out-of-control,”  “crazed,” and “unhinged” behavior. This begs the question:  Are Woodward and Bernstein working for the Deep State?

While Sidney Blumenthal outed Woodward as a known “FBI asset” one has to ask, are Woodward and Bernstein “known assets” of the CIA?

The CIA has no legal authority to recruit and/or deploy U.S. citizens domestically versus American citizens.

“The CIA collects information only regarding foreign countries and their citizens. Unlike the FBI, it is prohibited from collecting information regarding ‘U.S. Persons’ according to the FBI.

CIA is constrained legally from operating domestically. Its mandate is abroad. An exception is when international terrorists cross onto US soil, for example, the CIA will work with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to share information about those terrorists.

It would be illegal for the CIA to have deployed Woodward and Bernstein as “recruited assets” versus U.S. citizens, including the President.

While Sidney Blumenthal outed Woodward as a known “FBI asset” one has to ask, are Woodward and Bernstein “known assets” of the CIA. 

The New York Times” reported on September 21, 2018 that “the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.”

Moments after the Constitutional Convention of 1787 a woman in the crowd outside Independence Hall asked:  “Well doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Benjamin Franklin famously replied “a republic, if you can keep it.”

Woodward and Bernstein, both imposters, cannot be allowed to continue to propagate their false narrative. Truth matters. The Deep State cabal is working feverishly to build division and chaos.

The political chaos in the U.S  being ginned up against President Trump is another hobnail boot on the neck of freedom. The communist left “Resistance” drags the nation and our Constitution toward destruction.

In a final bid to complete their transformation of the republic into a Soviet America, the left and their mainstream media “assets” have corrupted the truth, keeping the American people in the dark, where they will remain for the ages should “The Resistance” succeed.  

COPYRIGHT 2018 MARY FANNING AND ALAN JONES

This feature is cross-posted from the Center for Security Policy.

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