posted by Dr Winston O'Boogie
I'm talking about this "deep state" stuff.
Why are you so rattled by the term "deep state"? Is it just who is using it? Or does it just sound scary? Its really not any different than "the establishment" or "the mainstream media" in their literal meanings. The latter two have been used for decades by well respected political commentators. To me all these terms are just descriptive of like minded groups of individuals acting in their own political self interest within the powers they hold in government or media. Not some vast conspiracy. Sometimes they act legally sometimes not.
Chuck Schumer the minority leader of the senate once warned Trump that intelligence agencies "have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you", when Trump criticized them. There is not a "deeper" part of the state than its intelligence organizations. They understandably demand the highest levels of secrecy from the people they serve. But also should not be feared when criticized. I believe this term "deep state" picked up traction in the conservative media with Schumer's comment.
As for the leak. Strategic leaks are as old as Washington. And yes at times they are contrived in smoke filled rooms by groups of state actors.