While Washingtonians prepared for Game 7 of the World Series last night, Cockburn stopped by an equally gripping event at the National Press Club, titled ‘2020 Vision: Intelligence and the US Presidential Election.’
The panel discussing national security threats included former acting director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, former Central Intelligence head John E. McLaughlin, former CIA Acting Director Michael Morrell and the star of the night, former CIA director and #Resistance leader, John Brennan.
During the discussion, the seasoned intelligence officials warned of Russia’s intent to interfere in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. At one point, moderator and Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan (who assured attendees there was no familial relation) asked John Brennan for his thoughts on Hillary Clinton’s allegation that the Russians are ‘grooming‘ presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard to be a spoiler third-party candidate.
Rather than dismiss the conspiracy theory, the former CIA director explained how Gabbard could be a ‘Russian asset’.
Speaking to a crowded room, Brennan said, ‘Something’s a Russian asset even if it’s not intentionally trying to advance Russian interests, but because of what it does or what it says, or whatever, it is in fact something that is promoting the Russian agenda.’
At this point, Cockburn was in panic mode. Who else could be a Russian asset, unwittingly promoting Moscow’s interests?
‘Maybe that’s what [Clinton] meant,’ Brennan continued, ‘in terms of some of the things that Tulsi Gabbard has said in terms of — on the international stage — that the United States should not be involved in a lot of these foreign adventures, or whatever.’
While a shocking revelation, Cockburn will accept the former CIA director’s definition: oppose ‘foreign adventures’ or whatever, and risk becoming a Russian asset.
With a World Series pennant for the Nationals and knowledge that such level-headed people can ascend to the top of our nation’s intelligence agencies, Cockburn got a good night’s sleep.