things that make me go hmm… about this article:
“Pompeo can’t trust the CIA bureaucracy, so we need to create this thing that reports just directly to him,” said a former senior U.S. intelligence official with firsthand knowledge of the proposals, in describing White House discussions. “It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books,” this person said, meaning the intelligence collected would not be shared with the rest of the CIA or the larger intelligence community. “The whole point is this is supposed to report to the president and Pompeo directly.”
But I’m going to share it’s existence with you, Mr Reporter.
Oliver North, who appears frequently on Trump’s favorite TV network, Fox News, was enlisted to help sell the effort to the administration. He was the “ideological leader” brought in to lend credibility, said the former senior intelligence official.
Really…? Oliver North and credibility?
And then it veers off into a pitch for an admittedly entertaining sounding TV thriller series.
Will it be on Amazon or Netflix?
Leaving aside all that, at present the best the article seems to amount to is that a bunch of shady pseudo-intelligence organisations have pitched ideas at people in the White House for a super-secret-spy-army™ - “please give us lots of money”.
Is that likely - yup, seems plausible.
Could this bunch in the White House possibly set up something like that? No.
I do like this bit:
The longtime associate of Prince said that the nexus of deniable assets has never gone away. “The NOC network is already there. It already exists for the better part of 15 years now,” he said.