Earlier this week, The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow reported on a fascinating episode in which a memo was circulated in the Trump White House last year. The memo described a network of former Obama staffers and Obama-friendly journalists known as the “Echo Chamber” that were conspiring against the president to undermine his foreign and domestic policy.
While Farrow’s article doesn’t name who was behind the memo, it highlights that there are many similarities between it and documents Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube handed to its operatives in 2017 as they collected info on Obama officials. One of the former aides named in the “Echo Chamber” memo appeared on MSNBC Friday afternoon and connected those dots — and he had no qualms with naming names.
“When you look at this document and so far nobody has said who wrote it, do you have any idea where it could have come from?” MSNBC host Katy Tur asked ex-CIA officer Ned Price.
“I have my suspicions, Katy,” Price responded. “I think those suspicions are predicated on something else we saw with ties to this administration. Several months ago it was reported that an Israeli private intelligence company spied on two of my former colleagues, the same two colleagues mentioned in this memo, Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl.”
He continued, “Given what we know of that operation, it looks like at least this is a theory right now, Sebastian Gorka — who served as a senior advisor to President Trump, as a senior advisor to some of those in the National Security Council — his fingerprints seem to be all over that. There are eerie echoes between that operation and what we see in the memo. the language, the targets, the emphasis on this Echo Chamber. it has a very Iran/Middle East slant.”
He went on to say that this was “something that Gorka was quite obsessed with in his writing and speaking” but noted that this is still something “we don’t know for sure.” With that said, Price concluded by once again saying Gorka’s “fingerprints” were all over this and he figures “we are going to see more clues pointing to him in the weeks and months to come.”
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.