The Deep State continues to take pot shots at the Trump administration.

Leakers are feeding classified intelligence to the media to promote the fake news Russia scandal.

But they just ran into one big problem.

The Washington Post broke what the media declared to be a “bombshell”.

The Post reported that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner met with the Russian Ambassador during the transition and proposed creating a back channel with Moscow:

“Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports.

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on Dec. 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S. officials. Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications.

So-called “mainstream” media outlets easily found sources willing to condemn Kushner as a “traitor”.

There was just one problem.

The story appears to be false.

Fox News reports:

“A December meeting between Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and one of the senior advisers in the Trump administration, and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak at Trump Tower focused on Syria, a source familiar with the matter told Fox News Monday.

During the meeting the Russians broached the idea of using a secure line between the Trump administration and Russia, not Kushner, a source familiar with the matter told Fox News. That follows a recent report from The Washington Post alleging that Kushner wanted to develop a secure, private line with Russia.

The idea of a permanent back channel was never discussed, according to the source. Instead, only a one-off for a call about Syria was raised in the conversation.

In addition, the source told Fox News the December meeting focused on Russia’s contention that the Obama administration’s policy on Syria was deeply flawed.”

This wouldn’t be the first time the Post got caught spreading fake news about Russia.

In December, the paper reported that Russian hackers were able to gain access to the power grid.

This false story quickly fell apart when it was found out that one employee – whose computer was not checking the system – clicked on a suspicious link on his personal yahoo email account.

Even if this Post story were true, it is a whole lot of nothing.

Back channels are common in government.

President Kennedy used one with Russia to diffuse the Cuban missile crisis.

But the media is trying to play this meeting up into some sort of scene straight out of The Americans.

Now it’s come out they may not even have gotten their facts right.

Since Trump won the GOP nomination and established himself as a true threat to the status quo, the media has been consumed by a “publish first, ask if it’s true later” mentality.

The truth in a story doesn’t matter anymore, so long as the original accusation is scandalous enough to go viral.

 

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