There’s not much in American culture that raises the hackles of the people than being spied upon. In American life, by Constitutional Law, spying of private affairs of citizens not made public is strictly off limits. For everyone, including government and law enforcement.
This, of course, was what made the entire Watergate Scandal of the early 1970s so egregious. The Committee to Re-Elect the President was caught bugging the Democrat National Committee headquarters.
Forty years later, once again campaign spying is in the headlines. This time, though, the tables are turned. All evidence that has surfaced so far indicates that in the run-up to the 2016 election – including the pre-pre-primary season – the Democrats were using all tools at their disposal, including government agencies, to keep a close eye on the competition.
On Monday morning, Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo blew the lid off of the entire scandal with a wide-ranging interview of one of the targets of spying efforts, George Papadopoulos. In the interview, PapaD, as he has come to be known in the online world, talks about his experience as a target for the clandestine forces seeking inside information on people involved with political campaigns.
It may very well be the case that PapaD is the first such figure we will see tell such a story in the Spygate saga. Essentially, eyes must have been on him long before any of the currently reported timelines within the scope of the Robert Mueller investigation. Any other explanation for him being targeted in such a manner is just too fantastic to be believed.
In the meantime, stay tuned as we do not know a lot of supporting details to this situation such as who did the targeting, and the contact through Linked In, a social media site not known for data mining, but one that could definitely be used for that purposed far more effectively than Facebook and Twitter.