Spooks, Leaks and the Media’s Selective Memory

A week ago, President Trump unleashed a media firestorm when he accused Barack Obama in a tweet of wiretapping Trump Tower in New York.

The standard portrayal: Once again, the president has shot from the hip, right into his foot, “without any evidence” whatsoever.

These are the same media that excitedly accused the Russians of “hacking the election,” based on a report from the CIA, FBI and NSA in early January while Mr. Obama was still president. The partly declassified document alleges that the Russians were involved in securing the hacked emails released by WikiLeaks that embarrassed the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief John Podesta. Ouch. That did not help the Dems. But just to be clear, the Russians could not possibly “hack” the nation’s thousands of independent voting machines.

In their zeal to make Mr. Trump appear to be unhinged, the media pointedly ignore earlier reports by The New York Times that the Obama administration months ago had, indeed, unleashed America’s intelligence agencies in an effort to prove that Russia was conniving with Trump associates to elect Trump. In other words, they were spying on the Trump campaign.

Here’s a profoundly revealing passage from a front page article in The New York Times on Jan. 20, the day Mr. Trump was inaugurated:

“WASHINGTON – American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald Trump.”

The article says that “no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing” was found, but here’s the kicker:

“One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.”

Whoa. “Wiretapped communications?” Isn’t that what Mr. Trump alleged?

McClatchy reported on January 18 that the FBI was working alongside five other federal agencies on the Russia-Trump probe, including the CIA, NSA, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department and the office of the Director of National Intelligence.

A gusher of leaks started pouring out with sensitive intelligence before and after Mr….