Early Days for the Spygate Scandal

In 1961, the British Parliament’s Tory majority of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was wracked and wrecked by the Profumo Affair, eponymously named for Sir John Profumo, the Secretary for War. In her book, City of Sin: London and Its Vices, Catharine Arnold provides a pithy recap of the salacious scandal, which involved “call girls” Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies:

Christine and Mandy’s relationship with Stephen Ward [the procurer] and many rich and powerful men was exposed; there were juicy rumors in the Sunday papers about two-way mirrors, whips and canes, and kinky sex among the jet set including allegations about a party in Bayswater attended by Keeler, Rice-Davies and Ward, at which a cabinet minister had served a dinner of roast peacock while wearing nothing except a mask and a bow tie . . . The man also had a card around his neck: “If my services don’t please you, whip me.”

As the media frenzy escalated, Sir John told the assembled House of Commons he had engaged in “no impropriety whatever,” and threatened to sue anyone for slander and libel for repeating in public such allegations against him.

Sir John’s was a stellar performance, which worked for a spell until the bottom fell out. By June 5, he was forced to admit to the Commons that he had made love not war; lied to the chamber; and resigned his seat in Parliament and cabinet post as war secretary. As for Ward, he was arrested and went on trial for “living off of immoral earnings.” Keeler and Rice-Davies both testified against him. He was convicted and committed suicide prior to sentencing.

Keeler was later convicted of perjury and was given a nine month sentence. Rice-Davies, though not convicted of a crime, did make her mark in the public record.

On the stand during Ward’s trial, when the prosecutor informed Rice-Davies that Lord Astor had denied having an affair with or meeting her, she replied: “He would say that, wouldn’t he?”

Which calls to mind—yep—the left’s adored spymaster, John Brennan.

As PJ Media’s Debra Heine reports, the ex-CIA head is feeling frisky these days, because he feels a great wrong has been committed. No, not against the American people, President Trump, or other allegedly spied upon citizens, but against him.

“I don’t think it’s surprising at all that we continue to hear the sociopathic ramblings of Mr. Trump claiming that there was this effort to try to prevent him from being elected or to unseat him,” Brennan opined.

Worse, he believes himself the target of—wait for it—a disinformation campaign: “Rand Paul and others make these very specious allegations that have no basis in truth. But they put it into the bloodstream and then unfortunately certain networks will propagate that.” To what specious allegation does Mr. Brennan refer?

Per Senator Paul: “A high-level source tells me it was Brennan who insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier be included in the Intelligence Report . . . Brennan should be asked to testify under oath in Congress ASAP.”

Not one to sport an “If my services don’t please you, whip me” card, Brennan indignantly denied the charge: “That’s absolutely incorrect and 180 degrees from the truth. It was CIA that was pushing not to have it included, not to have it taken into account at all in that intelligence community assessment.”

Ever the CIA professional, Brennan provided a plausible patsy: ex-FBI Director James Comey. “This was something that Jim Comey and the FBI thought it was appropriate that Mr. Trump, who was going to become the president of the United States, would be aware of this report that is circulating and how it could be exploited by the Russians or others to try to undermine this government,” Brennan said.

Regarding this and other contentious matters, Brennan claimed he’d “welcome any kind of continued investigation in terms of what we did during that period of time that we were in government . . . I testified in front of Congress,” and would “absolutely” do so again if need be.

In these early days of investigating the investigators and their masters who perverted the police powers of the state to spy upon political opponents, John Brennan’s indignant protestations of innocence from a man whose job it was to deceive on a global scale and a cavalier regard for said investigation and of testifying before Congress—a body to which he has already lied—should surprise no one.

After all, he would say that, wouldn’t he?

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