Trump Administration Faces A Leak A Day – Criminal Leaks Negatively Impact National Security
Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, examined media leaks between January 20, 2017, and May 25, 2017 — the first 126 days of President Trump being in office. His examination consisted entirely of publicly available news articles; no classified information was accessed or reviewed. The results of his review showed the significance of the leaks:
• 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.
• The majority of leaks during the Trump administration, 78, concerned the Russia probes, with many revealing closely-held information such as intelligence community intercepts, FBI interviews and intelligence, grand jury subpoenas, and even the workings of a secret surveillance court.
• Other leaks disclosed potentially sensitive intelligence on U.S. adversaries or possible military plans against them. One leak, about the investigation of a terrorist attack, caused a diplomatic incident between the United States and a close ally.
• Leaked stories appeared in 18 news outlets, sourced to virtually every possible ermutation of anonymous current and former U.S. officials, some clearly from the intelligence community. One story cited more than two dozen anonymous sources.
• Almost all of the stories leaked during President Trump’s first 126 days were about the President or his administration. In contrast, only half of the stories leaked during the comparable period of the Obama administration were about President Obama or his administration; the other half concerned President Bush
and his anti-terrorism tactics.
Senator Johnson shows the number of leaks graphically:
A list of the 125 leaks is provided in an appendix in the back of the report. Many of the leaks were also reported by the Gateway Pundit in prior posts.
A couple observations not in Senator Johnson’s report are that many of the leaks are related to James Comey in one way or another and the former FBI Director has admitted leaking information to the press. Another observation is that a significant amount of the so called leaks have been proven false at later dates. This makes you wonder if they are just being made up by someone like John Podesta.
Regardless of who is creating them, leaking them or reporting them, the criminal leaks are damaging to the US Intelligence community and are clear attacks against President Trump.