Gen. James Clapper gave at Australia's National Press Club on June 8, 2017, evidently for the purpose of keeping Australia on side with the Anglo-American intelligence operation against President Donald Trump’s forging a cooperative relationship with Russia. Clapper, who served under President Barack Obama, is notorious for his false testimony in March 2013, when he claimed that the National Security Agency does not spy on Americans. It was seeing Clapper "lie under oath to Congress" that prompted whistleblower Edward Snowden to go public with documentation of NSA domestic spying. Thus Clapper is not the concerned American patriot he presents himself to be, but a dishonest shill for the so-called "intelligence community" of the "Five Eyes" (US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand). This apparatus is the single greatest obstacle to world peace, responsible as it is for the rise of the al-Qaeda and ISIS terrorist menace, and for fabricating the blatant lies used to justify launching disastrous wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria, which fueled more terrorism. This Anglo-American faction remains committed to a showdown against Russia and China, which can turn into a hot war.
The article appeared in the Australian Alert Service of June 21, 2017, which also printed
annotated excerpts of Clapper’s speech (available in English, at bottom of article).
The first time I heard it asserted that “17 intelligence agencies” of the United States,
civilian and military, had “all” concluded that the Kremlin ordered cyber-attacks on the U.S.
elections, it came from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, in her third debate with Donald
Trump last October. Who could imagine that seventeen investigations of Russia had been going on, and we hadn’t been told about them!
At a Senate hearing on May 6, 2017, however, James Clapper finally clarified that there
were only three: the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI), and the National Security Agency (NSA). And the October 7, 2016 statement upon which
Clinton’s script-writers based her wild claim had been issued by only two agencies: the
Homeland Security Department and then-Director of National Intelligence Clapper’s own office.
It was Clapper himself who opened the door to the “17 agencies” formulation—which to this day continues to be repeated early and often by Russia-bashing members of Congress—by saying in that October release, “U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations.” The USIC formally includes 17 agencies, such as subsections of the Defense Department and State Department, most of which had nothing to do with the “Russian meddling” probe.