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Realclearinvestigations.com: The Beltway’s ‘Whistleblower’ Furor Obsesses Over One Name
“For a town that leaks like a sieve, Washington has done an astonishingly effective job keeping from the American public the name of the anonymous “whistleblower” who triggered impeachment proceedings against President Trump — even though his identity is an open secret inside the Beltway.
More than two months after the official filed his complaint, pretty much all that’s known publicly about him is that he is a CIA analyst who at one point was detailed to the White House and is now back working at the CIA.
But the name of a government official fitting that description — Eric Ciaramella — has been raised privately in impeachment depositions, according to officials with direct knowledge of the proceedings, as well as in at least one open hearing held by a House committee not involved in the impeachment inquiry. Fearing their anonymous witness could be exposed, Democrats this week blocked Republicans from asking more questions about him and intend to redact his name from all deposition transcripts.”
The official added that it soon became clear among NSC staff that Ciaramella opposed the new Republican president’s foreign policies. “My recollection of Eric is that he was very smart and very passionate, particularly about Ukraine and Russia. That was his thing – Ukraine,” he said. “He didn’t exactly hide his passion with respect to what he thought was the right thing to do with Ukraine and Russia, and his views were at odds with the president’s policies.”
Eric Ciaramella’s name has been floating around US political circles as the possible whistleblower for the better part of the last month and it is an “open secret” in the Washington swamp. While democrats and the leftwing media have been doing their best to keep his name from being officially attached, the shoe fits Ciaramella too well for anybody who has been paying attention to need to speculate any more. He is a registered democrat who has worked for Obama, Biden, and Brennan and has long been vocally critical of President Trump, particularly his foreign policy with regard to Russia and Ukraine. He was fired from the National Security Council in 2017 for leaking sensitive documents that initiated the rumors that Vladimir Putin personally demanded that Trump fire James Comey in the midst of the Russia-Collusion hoax. During the Obama administration Ciaramella was “supposed to be a point person on Ukraine” during the time when Ukraine was it’s most corrupt, but never felt the need to report on corruption at the time. After being fired for leaking documents, he was quickly hired by the CIA. Another example of the insidiously partisan state of the CIA and American intelligence communities in general.