I guess I am confused. It's only bad to pay for and disseminate false information on a political candidate if it is disclosed to the public? But if you leak it to the media or use it to bolster your FISA warrant application it's "A OK?" Is that how it works? If you want to argue that it's legal to do so, OK. If you are saying it's ethical or proper? I can't agree with you on that.
I think you are connecting too many dots between all the folks involved, especially since none of it appears to have been used to the Clinton campaign's advantage, they appear not to have even tried since most of the information wasn't verified and bits are pretty fantastical at first blush.