It's actually quite easy to start rumors. Both major political parties do it all the time. They take minuscule facts -- it's always good to start with a little verifiable foundation -- then spin it in fantastical ways.
Take the case of Robert Gates, the 26 year spy veteran, former CIA chief as well as Bush US Defense Secretary. He's the guy with all the secrets and knows literally where all the bodies are buried. He's been retired for a few years now, so chances are he doesn't pose too much of a risk. Or does he?
He's got a new book coming out, a tell-all memoir, later this month. That's got a lot of politicians and spies jumpy. What if he does a Snowden or Chelsea Bradley job. His publisher, Knopf has described "DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary At War" as an eye-opening exposé . Biographile.com:
In his new book, Gates notes his story will be "principally about" Iraq and Afghanistan. Our gains in both countries were "squandered," Gates says, "by mistakes, shortsightedness, and conflict in the field as well as in Washington, leading to long, brutal campaigns to avert strategic defeat.
Something as potentially explosive as this sent shivers through Washington and especially the 'Company.' Those spies don't like having their secrets revealed and they might have taken steps to silence their former darling and Republican operative.
Just a few days ago, New Years Day, the top secrets keeper took a suspicious fall in his home, fracturing his first vertebrae.
This injury is not expected to curtail his book promotion. Then again, Gen. George S. Patton sustained a a similar 3rd vertebrae injury, not unlike the one Gates suffered, and he was dead within two days of a hospital stay. Controversy and conspiracy theories continue today as to how Patton, who Eisenhower despised, was recovering enough to be readied to leave the German hospital for a return to the US, then suddenly died. And in his case, there was no autopsy and no formal investigation into the "accident" driver responsible.
Will this happen to Gates?
Taking the facts and spinning them just a little, here's the story as a rumor monger or conspiracy theorist might analyze it.
Early New Year's Day, two operatives secretly entered the home of Robert Gates who's in his bedroom on the second floor in his two story home. He's just gotten dressed and hears a noise downstairs. He goes to investigate. At the top of the landing he sees operative number one. Gates turns to retrieve his gun from his bedside nightstand. That's when he's surprised by operative number two who pushes Gates down the stairs, tumbling toward his death. While operative number two hurries down the stairs, operative number one checks for vital signs, to see if the "accidental fall" permanently took out the former Director. When they see he's still alive, they're about to inject him with a lethal dose of meds that will make it look like he's had a heart attack -- to make the fall look accidental.
But suddenly the two "spooks" hear someone coming from upstairs, responding to the thuds of Gates fall. The approaching footsteps scare away the two agents before they can finish their job.
Gates, who's book was going to reveal some very shameful and illegal activities by the Bush administration during the Iraq war survives. He decides its safer to keep the details of the botched assassination attempt on his life quiet for now, hoping once the book is released he won't be harmed. Now, with 24 hour security covering him like stink on fresh dog poop, the next CIA assassination attempt will have to wait or be called off.
Of course the Republican spin machine is torn on whether to blame the Democrats or keep silent, as the condemning material in the Gates book might get some unwanted attention, embarrassing the GOP demagogues and setting the more liberal or progressive tongues wagging. Only time will tell.
Watch for Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity to grab this story and run with it.
Okay, this is just speculation. But take the facts. Put a little GOP conservative fairy dust on them and you have this story. Will this be tomorrow's headlines? I'm just sayin'!
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