Ali Watkins and Josh Dawsey wrote an article that was very removed from reality about President Trump and leakers.
National security officials across the federal government say they are seeing new restrictions on who can access sensitive information, fueling fears in the intelligence and security community that the Trump administration has stepped up a stealthy operation to smoke out leakers.
Oh shit, national security officials. That’s how you know it’s real.
Officials at various national security agencies also say they are becoming more concerned that the administration is carefully tracking what they’re doing and who they’re talking to — then plotting to use them as a scapegoat or accuse them of leaks.
At national security agencies! Damn, certainly not the same ones that made up lies about Russia, though.
One U.S. official voiced concern over even talking to superiors about a benign call from a reporter. The agency this official works for had started limiting staff access to information, they said, and it would make it far easier to figure out who was talking to people in the media.
One of these nebulous officials.
Buried in the article is this:
That the White House itself leaks to reporters was something of a joke in the administration’s early months in office. But after Trump grew angry about leaks earlier this year, “there was something of a crackdown” inside the White House, one senior administration official said.
What a bombshell! A person in the government over the age of 65 says President Trump did what he said he’d do. But, why? Why would President Trump purposefully act against a group of people leaking information as a joke?
Here’s another story published on leaks in the last 24 hours (PDF from Politico). This is in a report from the staff of Ron Johnson (a person with a name! who happens to be a Senator!):
Under President Trump’s predecessors, leaks of national security information were relatively rare, even with America’s vibrant free press. Under President Trump, leaks are flowing at the rate of one a day, an examination of open-source material by the majority staff of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs shows. Articles published by a range of national news organizations between January 20 and May 25, 2017 included at least 125 stories with leaked information potentially damaging to national security. Even a narrow search revealed leaks of comparable information during the Trump administration that were about seven times higher than the same period during the two previous administrations.
Also in the report:
The Trump administration faced 125 leaked stories—one leak a day— containing information that is potentially damaging to national security under the standards laid out in a 2009 Executive Order signed by President Barack Obama.
Leaks with the capacity to damage national security flowed about seven times faster under President Trump than during President Obama’s and President George W. Bush’s first 126 days.
Can you believe that President Trump has created a culture of fear among people who refuse to be named or identified. All because it harmed national security, daily, and was done in retribution to his election or as a joke. Crazy, right?!?!