The Russian lawyer who met with the Trump team after a promise of compromising material on Hillary Clinton was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist — a former Soviet counterintelligence officer who is suspected by some U.S. officials of having ongoing ties to Russian intelligence, NBC News has learned.
But dig deeper down in the story.
The guy NBC seeks to raise suspicions over is now a U.S. citizen. We tend not to grant American citizenship to persons suspected of being foreign spies.
And why is NBC withholding the individual's name? Is there a legal reason, or is the intent to create a deeper sense of mystery and intrigue? NBC also identifies the guy as a lobbyist, but doesn't tell us who he lobbies for. Knowing something about the lobbyist's clients might tell us more about the present status of this individual.
Sorry, the NBC story has too many holes. Is it that NBC didn't bother getting the facts to fill them in, or were the facts intentionally left out to make the story seem more intriguing.
Once upon a time under the old rules of journalism, a story written like this would never have gotten past an editor.
Update: Soon after posting this, I saw an AP story filled in one gap, while also reporting a denial to part of NBC's story.