You should doubt Moby's claims about what his "CIA friends" told him concerning President Trump.

The singer's latest comments came in an interview last Friday with Kentucky radio station WFPK, in which Moby clarified a Facebook post from February 2017. In that earlier Facebook post, Moby asserted that the Trump dossier (also known as Steele dossier) is "100 percent" real, that Trump is trying to spark a war with Iran, and that other GOP leaders are plotting to remove Trump from power.

Expanding on these claims in the radio interview, Moby explained that he has "managed to make a few friends in the intelligence community." These friends told him that "Trump is essentially being run as a Russian agent. And these are some active and former CIA agents who are truly concerned: they're like 'this is the Manchurian candidate' ... [Putin] has a Russian agent as the president of the United States ... can you please post some of these things."

I don't believe it.

First off, while there are credible indications of Russian influence over President Trump and the Trump Organization, much of the details of these indicators are not in the public domain. In turn, CIA officers or analysts are highly unlikely to have released any of that information to a celebrity singer. They wouldn't be stupid enough to risk a prison term for the sole benefit of flippant remarks on Moby's social media feed.

Second, note that Moby refers to his supposed sources as "active and former CIA agents." This is a big alarm bell, in that Moby seems to be conflating agents with officers. The distinction matters in that CIA agents are those recruited by CIA officers abroad and would never reveal their identity to Moby, let alone talk with him.

Third, although it involves deadly serious concerns, the Steele dossier is not "100 percent" accurate. It is a raw intelligence product which like all raw intelligence products is a mixture of truths, half-truths, and untruths. Any CIA officer or analyst would know this.

Fourth, Moby's "Trump wants a war with Iran claim" is far too simplistic to represent anything more than a flippant remark from someone in the intelligence community. The divergence between flippancy and seriousness is a crucial point for our understanding in that it undermines the credibility of Moby's argument.

Of course, the best rationale for our doubt of Moby is himself. After all, the day after his radio interview, the singer tweeted the following:

Moby might be a great singer, but a national security reporter he is not.