This Story About a CIA Mole Leaking Spies’ Names Sounds Like a Thriller. It’s Not.

It could have been a plot for the latest action-packed spy thriller to hit theaters.

But the story of former CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, is all too real. Lee has been accused of sharing the names of Chinese informants with the Chinese government in one of the biggest U.S. intelligence failures in recent memory.

Lee has been charged with illegally retaining classified documents after FBI agents found two notebooks in his belongings that held sensitive names and numbers and other classified information. He was arrested Monday night in JFK International Airport.

More than a dozen informants working with the CIA were killed or imprisoned by the Chinese government in connection with this security breach, the New York Times reported. The CIA realized that there was a problem after years of informants’ names ending up in the hands of the Chinese and started an investigation in 2012.“The bad guy in this case, eventually caught, but the human toll he inflicted makes the story ultimately a tragedy,” Glenn said on today’s show.

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GLENN: Okay. Remember the scene where Tom Cruise is kind of hanging, you know, in that white room. And he's got to catch that one bead of sweat before it falls down. And the sweat falls. And he catches it. And it's really, really loud.

What was he after? He was after the 'NOC' list, right? The plotline in almost every spy movie. The NOC list is out.

The good guys have to catch the bad guy before the names and the locations of the undercover operatives of the CIA and all the good guys are killed.

And in the movies, we always get the knock list back. I mean, it's not a problem. The good guys always win. Except, that's the movies. This is real life.

And I wonder why we're not really focused on this. A former CIA officer was arrested on Monday and charged with unlawfully possessing the national defense information, the knock list.

He was caught red-handed with two notebooks containing the names of CIA assets in the location of covert facilities in China. And what was he doing? He was carrying the knock list, but he was -- he's suspected of much, much worse. The New York Times reported last year that there was a real problem in the CIA. They were losing agents in China at an alarming rate. Since 2010, the Chinese government has all, but completely destroyed our spying operation on the mainland. The CIA had a mole. They knew it.

All the evidence pointed directly to the man that was arrested this week. The damage done to the CIA in China is catastrophic. But even worse, the amount of lives that were lost. All in all, he's responsible for the deaths or imprisonment of 20 American agents.

Say what you want about Snowden, and I'm not a fan of Snowden -- he's a traitor enjoying the protection of Vladimir Putin. But nobody got killed.

Have you guys -- has anybody else noticed that if you went back -- let's just say Doc Brown and Marty McFly were real and we could travel back to the year 1985, and we could look at the news headlines, us, we'd see a world that hasn't really changed that much.

Granted, the music is a lot worse, and the clothes are a lot better. But they probably assume the Cold War is still raging. Despite Cyndi Lauper in neon shorts, the world of 1985 -- a scary place. Aldrich Ames was the CIA agent selling secrets to the Soviets. Because of him, multiple CIA agents were killed.

Korean airlines, flight 007 had been shot down two years prior. Nuclear tensions were at their highest. Both sides looked like we were willing to press the button.

Has anything really changed? It's been 33 years. Have we learned nothing?

Three decades, and life is just as cheap now, if not cheaper than it was then.

The difference between then and today is that with our technology, we can betray, kill, and threaten each other a lot faster.

The bad guy in this case eventually caught, but the human toll he inflicted makes this story ultimately a tragedy. Likewise, the redundant cycle we are in and seem to always be in, should tell us something about ourselves. How do we break it? Both as individuals and as a nation.

We can navigate the ship anywhere we want to go, but we can't navigate the ship following pure self or national interests every time. Principles and values have to be our true north. And if we don't make a course correction, I have a feeling that without looking at what technology is going to bring upon our heads, if you take that out, we definitely are in for another three decades of nothing but the same.

TRUMP: The twilight hour of socialism has arrived

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The other day, at Florida International University in Miami, facing large American and Venezuelan flags, President Trump gave a rousing speech in Miami, including this line, the "twilight hour of socialism has arrived."

Trump went on to say:

Socialism is about one thing only—power for the ruling class. They want the power to decide who wins and who loses, who's up and who's down…and even who lives and who dies.

He then repeated a phrase that helped define his State of the Union address this year:

America will never be a socialist country.

Fittingly, Fox News posted an article yesterday exposing the overlooked evils of Che dangers of socialism that all too often disappear behind a flashy design on a t-shirt.

  1. Guevara said he killed people without regard to guilt or innocence. In an interview, Guevara said, "in times of excessive tension we cannot proceed weakly. At the Sierra Maestra, we executed many people by firing squad without knowing if they were fully guilty. At times, the Revolution cannot stop to conduct much investigation; it has the obligation to triumph."
  2. Humberto Fontova, author of "Exposing the Real Che Guevara," told Fox that Guevara created system that put gay people in labor camps. "The regime that Che Guevara co-founded is the only one in modern history in the Western Hemisphere to have herded gays into forced labor camps."
  3. Guevara opposed a free press: "In 1959, leftist journalist José Pardo Llada reported that Guevara told him: 'We must eliminate all newspapers; we cannot make a revolution with free press. Newspapers are instruments of the oligarchy.'"
  4. Guevara made racist statements: Guevara went on to write: "the black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving."

These are just some of the many historical examples of the failure of socialism. President Trump is right. If the frivolities of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Saunders catch on and spread, we could have an unbelievable problem on our hands.

Poor Jussie: His narrative is falling apart completely

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Here's how the media works now: Find a story that confirms their narrative, run it constantly and relentlessly. When the real story comes out, minimize exposure of the correction. Repeat.

We're seeing this pattern play out over and over again.

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Here are some of the knee-jerk reactions that the media had to this Jessie Smollett hoax, from Insider Edition, CNN, E! News, Headline News, CNBC, TMZ, to name a few:


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And those are just the reactions on TV. It was just as bad, at times worse, in print and online. I'll give you one special example, however. Because, you know the situation is bad when TMZ is connecting the dots and seeing through this guy's story:

The sources say there were red flags from the get go. Cops were extremely suspicious when Jussie took them out to the area where he said he was attacked and pointed to an obscure camera saying how happy he was that the attack was on video. Turns out the camera was pointing in the wrong direction. Cops thought it was weird he knew the location of that camera. And there's this. We're told investigators didn't believe the 2 alleged attackers screamed 'This is MAGA country' because 'Not a single Trump supporter watches 'Empire.''

Here's the man himself, in an interview just days after the alleged beating…I'm sorry, the alleged "modern day lynching." Here he is in an interview with ABC News, complaining about people making up stuff:



Strong words, spoken by a man who, allegedly, created the whole narrative to begin with.

This compromise is an abomination

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Three decades ago, "The Art of the Deal" made Donald Trump a household name. A lot has happened since then. But you can trace many of Trump's actions back to that book.

Art of the Deal:

In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.

People laughed when he announced that he was running for President. And I mean that literally. Remember the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner when Obama roasted Trump, viciously, mocking the very idea that Trump could ever be President. Now, he's President.

You can't con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don't deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.

This empire-building is a mark of Trump.

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The most recent example is the border wall. Yesterday, congress reached a compromise on funding for the border wall. Weeks of tense back-and-forth built up to that moment. At times, it seemed like neither side would budge. Trump stuck to his guns, the government shut down, Trump refused to budge, then, miraculously, the lights came back on again. The result was a compromise. Or at least that's how it appeared.

But really, Trump got what he wanted -- exactly what he wanted. He used the techniques he wrote about in The Art of the Deal:

My style of deal-making is quite simple and straightforward. I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing to get what I'm after.

From the start, he demanded $5.7 billion for construction of a border wall. It was a months' long tug-of-war that eventually resulted in yesterday's legislation, which would dedicate $1.4 billion. It would appear that that was what he was after all along. Moments before the vote, he did some last-minute pushing. A national emergency declaration, and suddenly the number is $8 billion.

Art of the Deal:

People think I'm a gambler. I've never gambled in my life. To me, a gambler is someone who plays slot machines. I prefer to own slot machines. It's a very good business being the house.

In a rare show of bipartisanship, Senate passed the legislation 83-16, and the House followed with 300-128. Today, Trump will sign the bill.

It's not even fair to call that a deal, really. A deal is what happens when you go to a car dealership, fully ready to buy a car, and the salesman says the right things. What Trump did is more like a car dealer selling an entire row of cars to someone who doesn't even have a licence. When Trump started, Democrats wouldn't even consider a wall, let alone pay for it.

Art of the Deal:

The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people's fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That's why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It's an innocent form of exaggeration—and a very effective form of promotion.

He started the wall on a chant, "Build the wall!" until he got what he wanted. He maneuvered like Don Draper, selling people something that they didn't even know they wanted, and convincing them that it is exactly what they've always needed.