The AP reports that Mitt Romney will begin to receive the traditional regular intelligence briefings accorded to major party presidential nominees Is Mitt Romney a potential security risk? Mitt Romney has a "close and continuing" financial relationship with a person who (1) has major multi-billion dollar investments in China (mainland Chinese investments that depend on the good graces, cooperation and approvals of the Chinese government), (2) has major investments in Israel (including ownership of a major Israeli newspaper) that may depend on Israeli govt approvals and (3) has disclosed a planned $100 million effort to help elect Romney as President. I speak of course of Romney's main sugar-daddy, Sheldon Adelson. Without Adelson's $100 million of support, Romney would have a significantly reduced chance of being elected President. Any employee of a U.S. defense contractor who had such a "close and continuing financial relationship" to someone like Mr. Adelson, would, applying the Government's standards in the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), be denied a high-level security clearance. How can we be confident that if the Chinese threaten Adelson's China holdings unless he obtains info from Romney and Adelson asks Romney one-on-one for intelligence info that could save Adelson's investments in China, that Romney would stiff arm his $100 million supporter and properly tell him "no"? How can we be sure the Chinese won't try to take advantage of Mr. Adelson? Is it an acceptable risk to brief Romney? Are House and Senate GOP right-wingers comfortable with this potential security risk?
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