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Not my words. Not Tom Ironsides’s. This, from a real CIA officer.

The essence of a coup, which some might refer to as covert action, is the hidden hand. One does not announce that a foreign power is overthrowing the government and installing a new government. One pulls strings as if from behind a curtain, making events that are all part of a carefully orchestrated plan appear disconnected, spontaneous and serendipitous.

As I read through the recently released IG report for the second time, as someone with a great deal of experience in military and intelligence matters, I see that hand everywhere.

Per the IG report, a single report is delivered to the FBI in the summer of 2016. It concerns a meeting between a cooperative contact of a foreign intelligence service and a junior level employee of the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos. The report relates what are frankly very amorphous comments by Papadopoulos concerning the Russian government and its alleged possession of information on Hillary Clinton.

It’s like a combination of an evil version of Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand” and that wriggling spider hand from the Barrow-Downs. I imagine the fingers have initials like, I don’t know, “HRC” and “BHO.” Just guesses. Past time to designate the hand an enemy combatant and drone strike it.