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Sun May 21, 2017, 12:59 PM

Viewpoints: Why Trumps White House leaks

According to the Washington Post, President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and members of his delegation during a May 10 meeting in the Oval Office.

In a May 15 story, the Post reported that White House staffers tried to contain the damage by striking Trump’s allegedly inappropriate comments from internal memos.

So how did the Washington Post get the story?

The newspaper story cites “current and former U.S. officials” as sources. Later, the reporters offer more detail, describing one source as “a former senior U.S. counterterrorism official who also worked closely with members of the Trump national security team.”

Translation: The public learned of Trump’s apparent overstep because more than one member of the U.S. intelligence community was willing to leak the information.

As a professor and director of the Applied Intelligence master’s program at Georgetown University, I study, teach and write about homeland security and law enforcement intelligence. I’m curious about why intelligence officers disclose classified information and how that affects their work.

Why whispers start: Leakers and whistleblowers often are motivated by a lack of trust in their chain of command. They denounce wrongdoing and express their dissent through leaking information to the media or advocacy groups. In my view, one example of wrongdoing that is particularly salient today is political interference in intelligence activities.


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Sun May 21, 2017, 01:06 PM

1. OUr country is at stake, they know it.

They know too many of us will support total destruction in the name of bigotry and racism.

I am watching HBO movie about Madoff, we are all Bernie now. As in deep shit.

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Sun May 21, 2017, 06:27 PM

2. The leakers are either patriots or people who are pissed off at him.

Bernie's sons turned their dad in for moral reasons and to save their own asses. I hope the Donald and his family (and all those who profited from his election) end up penniless and in jail. I doubt that will happen though. Instead millions will suffer physically and financially due to his and the Repub agenda.

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