While most of President Trump’s most vociferous detractors find it easy to believe he was engaged in traitorous activities with Russia, at least one former spy thinks it all might be a set up.
Former CIA agent Daniel Hoffman thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin might have simply made it look like there are connections between Trump officials and the Kremlin.
“Overall I haven’t seen any evidence of anyone actually colluding with the Russians,” Hoffman says, “of Russian intelligence colluding with a campaign to cause harm to another.”
“One possible explanation for the content [in the Steele dossier] was that Russian intelligence was aware that the dossier was being written,” says Hoffman. “And that they fed not only true information — but untrue information as well. Which is their regular modus operandi for covert influence operations.”
He says that meeting with President Trump’s son during the campaign and an attorney described as part of the effort to sway the election was more about gathering intelligence on the Trump campaign than opening up a channel for working together.
He also wrote an op-ed in The New York Times in which he laid out his case, that the Russians are working an operation, but the operation is as much against President Trump as it was against Hillary Clinton.
Hoffman said he has seen no evidence that Trump or campaign officials colluded with Russia, but didn’t answer a Fox News anchor’s question about “willingness” to collude.
As far as Hoffman is concerned from his experience, five years working for the CIA in Moscow, the true goal of the operation was to sour the 2016 election, not help a particular candidate.
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