There's an electoral coup underway.
The number of potentially faithless Republican electors is now up to 50, more than enough to deny Trump the votes he needs for an EC win and/or give Hillary Clinton the votes she needs to win.
The stealth effort, led by liberals who believe Trump is a danger to the US, has been underway since the election.
That effort only gained traction with Republican electors when the CIA leaked that Russia had intervened in the US election to help Trump win.
Of course, the timing of the CIA's leak wasn't random.
It was something much more sinister. It was an opening salvo by the CIA to actively influence the Electoral College and stop Donald Trump from becoming President.
In other words, the CIA is trying to topple Trump.
Why? Self preservation.
The real reason is that Trump was working with Peter Thiel to corporatize the intelligence gathering of the United States around companies, like Palantir, that can adopt and employ technology much faster and with more efficacy. In other words, Trump is planning to turn the CIA and the NSA into peripheral collection systems.
That was unacceptable to the CIA, an agency with a strong sense of self-importance.
They acted again today when the head of the CIA refused to brief the House Intelligence Committee on the their claims because the chairman of the committee, Devin Nunes, was part of Trump's transition team.
Instead, the CIA leaked more information this afternoon to influence electors:
"new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material.. was leaked"
However, due to tight legal restrictions on the use of the information the CIA gathers and who it gather it on (i.e. US citizens), I anticipated that any new leak would be from allied sources not covered by these restrictions.
That proved to be correct:
"The intelligence came from diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies."
We can expect to see more leaks this weekend, before the EC votes on Monday.
What kind of info? A shred of evidence (a taped conversation would be best), gathered by US allies and not the CIA, that shows that Trump knew about the hack or came to an agreement with Putin.
At that point, the EC will definitely flip and Trump will be denied an electoral college win on Monday.
After that we head to the courts and start down the road to street level violence.
To avoid the chaos of merely unseating Trump, the electors may award Hillary Clinton the win since she is best able to gather the establishment around her to fight off Trump's bid.
Regardless, we have moved another step towards what looks more and more like another US civil war.
It's not a long trip, now that we are a Banana Republic.