If the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was indeed one of the “Russia’s top spies and spy-recruiters in Washington,” why then President Obama did not proclaim him persona non grata?
As the sun arises on the Capitol, Russia is back on the news cycle again. It is now becoming a pattern that anytime there is positive news on Trump administration, a new story about potential treachery looming in his Cabinet becomes the headline.
While the main story today concerns two meetings taking place between Jeff Sessions and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, as well as the Jeff Sessions’ contested testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee, there is an element to this story that warrants scrutiny and equally important line of questioning.
CNN recently published a story that included a claim by anonymous current and former US government officials stating that the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak is considered by US intelligence to be one of Russia’s top spies and spy-recruits.
“Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, is considered by US intelligence to be one of Russia’s top spies and spy-recruiters in Washington, according to current and former senior US government officials”
If Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak is indeed the top Russian spy, why then President Obama did not proclaim him persona non grata?
If there is solid evidence that the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislay did engage in espionage activities, why Obama did not expel him from the country with the rest of the thirty-five Russian diplomats expelled from the United States in December 2016? Why would former President Obama expel thirty-five Russian diplomats but then keep the one for which CNN’s anonymous sources claim to be the top spy? Sergey Kislyak served in a role of the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. since 2008, what explains the fact that for more than eight years under the Obama administration this claim that he was “ one of Russia’s top spies and spy-recruits”, did not become an issue and did not make it to the news?
If the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was indeed one of the “Russia’s top spies and spy-recruiters in Washington,” would not then former President Barak Obama need to be held accountable for not addressing the issue?
If the major corporate network, CNN, is quoting the claim of the anonymous current and former officials, wouldn’t the logical line of reasoning be to ask these same officials who served under the Obama administration why they did not do something about the Russian spy acting under the diplomatic cover? In what way President Trump could possibly be held accountable if Obama was the one who gave a free pass to the alleged Russian spy?
These are the questions that require the same rigorous examination. And, it is concerning that no corporate media network is applying the same level of scrutiny to their anonymous government sources.
Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was accepted to the United States on an active role of the Ambassador in 2008 and he remained in this role during the two terms of the Obama administration. It was not Donald Trump’s job to act on the intelligence findings concerning the alleged spy activities of Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. That was the job and responsibility of Barack Obama. Will a single headline be dedicated towards this in the news cycle?