Why has the Washington Post refused to publicly release the “anonymous letter” that is the very core of their charge that White House advisor and son-in-law of the president, Jared Kushner, tried to set up a secret back channel to Russian officials? It’s the Washington Post’s smoking gun, but to date, it remains locked up from public view.
This “anonymous letter” led to a front page article claiming that Kushner tried to set up private communications with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The story was published on Sunday and received wide distribution throughout the long, holiday weekend. “The Post was first alerted in mid-December to the meeting by an anonymous letter, which said, among other things, that Kushner had talked to Kislyak about setting up the communications channel,” the article’s three authors stated. The Post also claimed that American intelligence agencies found out about the scheme through an intercepted open phone call by Kislyak to Moscow. Some have questioned why a “seasoned spy” like Kislyak would make such a call on an “open line,” knowing that it would be intercepted by American intelligence.
With such a high profile story, it is questionable that there has been no independent verification to determine whether the letter was real or that the Washington Post’s description is accurate. And the Post has not yet explained why they are keeping the letter hidden. So many are now asking, “What is the Washington Post hiding?”
The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group contacted The Post’s national desk over the weekend, seeking a copy of the letter and an explanation why their editors withheld it from the public. WaPo did not reply to either TheDCNF’s email or phone inquiries.
The Washington Post claimed:
WaPo stated the letter’s allegations were affirmed by unnamed officials “who reviewed the letter and spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence.”
The Daily Caller has reported:
As a general rule, TheDCNF does not post documents if it endangers genuine whistleblowers, ongoing law enforcement or military operations, human life, or public safety.
Otherwise, TheDCNF emphasizes openness and transparency, which is especially important for original source documents related to its articles. And if it does not publicly link a document, it explicitly explains to readers the reasons why it has not released a key document.
The curiosity, if not controversy, is heightened by the fact that the Washington Post stated the letter’s allegations were affirmed by “unnamed officials” who spoke on condition of anonymity. All the secrecy has produced some doubters. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who serves on the Senate Committee on Armed Services, flat out said that he believed the story was “bogus.” “I don’t trust this story as far as I can throw it,” the South Carolina Republican said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He went on to say that he doubted the Russian Ambassador would transmit the alleged proposal for secret communications through an open line, saying it “made no sense.” “I don’t know who leaked this information, but just think about it this way — you’ve got the ambassador of Russia reporting back to Moscow on an open channel, ‘Hey, Jared Kushner’s going to move into the embassy,’” Graham said on CNN.
Former U.S. Attorney Joseph DiGenova questions why we haven’t seen the total contents of the letter. “Here’s the problem: we don’t know what else is in the letter. The letter may be so outrageous in its claims that if we read it all, it would throw doubt onto this particular allegation. And it may very well be that the letter is so scurrilous and outrageous that they won’t release it because it will make them look bad for relying on it at all,” he told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview.
So maybe there is not any smoke coming from the Washington Post’s gun after all. How do you think this story is going to unfold?
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