McMullin Defends Spies Paying Russian for Trump Dirt: $100k ‘Is Not that Much’
McMULLIN: "Well, as far as the work of espionage, a lot of it actually happens wide open, on a Twitter account or on the streets somewhere, if you’re not trained to spot it, or even if you are, and if you’re not paying attention, you don’t. It appears to be something that’s normal, but actually, you know, signals are being sent from one side to the other. It’s an unseen other dimension of the world that we live in. But as far as whether the U.S. Intelligence agencies were duped, having paid $100,000 reportedly to this Russian, I don’t see it that way at all. I know it’s a lot of money. It seems like a lot of money, lot of taxpayer money, but U.S. Intelligence was trying to determine the extent of a serious security breach that resulted in the loss of very important, valuable, effective hacking tools. And in the scheme of things, $100,000 is not that much when you weigh it against what they were trying to do. And it was sort of — that amount of money would have been what was required to sort of keep the discussion going while they figured out whether this guy was for real or not. And so they were not at all played. They handled this the way they should have. What they never would have wanted to have done is turned away someone who ended up being credible, who ended up actually having information of value so they needed to play it out, and that was the price that they had to pay in order to do that."