In a January 15 tweet, President-elect Donald Trump thanked famed investigative journalist Bob Woodward over a “garbage” intelligence file that was the focus of media attention last week. Woodward, who was one of two reporters who broke the Watergate story in the 1970s, told Fox News Sunday that the president-elect’s perspective is “underreported.” The famed reporter charged that elements of the intelligence community “started this.” Woodward himself was once a naval intelligence officer.
 
BuzzFeed released a file that contended that Russian government agencies have damning video evidence about Trump, including salacious details that have been widely published and even lampooned on the Saturday Night Live broadcast on the evening of January 14. Trump dismissed the contents of the file and suggested at a press conference last week that the intelligence community was involved with its publication. 
 
Woodward said of the BuzzFeed story, “I’ve lived in this world for 45 years where you get things and people make allegations. That is a garbage document. It never should have been presented as part of an intelligence briefing… Trump’s right to be upset about that.” He added that the chiefs of the various intelligence agencies should apologize. In a tweet, Trump thanked Woodward, saying “Thank you Bob Woodward who said, “This is a garbage document...it never should have been presented...Trump’s right to be upset (angry)...” Trump also called on the intelligence chiefs to apologize.


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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