“I’ll tell you a secret if you promise to keep it.”
This seems to be the procedure and protocol for maintaining classified government information at the U.S. State Department as yet another classified memo has been leaked to the press. But what’s most interesting about this particular leak is that it’s a leak about the need to put an end to the leaks!
The Hill is reporting on a memo leaked to the Washington Post. The content of this memo? Stop the leaks!
A State Department memo spotlighting the threat of leaks by department employees was leaked to The Washington Post, the newspaper reported Friday.
The memo, which is authored by acting State Department legal adviser Richard Visek and intended for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, reportedly details Tillerson’s authority to protect certain privileged information and presents a case against leaks.
In his typical bombastic way, President Trump has blasted federal agencies in recent weeks for their inability to keep secret information secret. Multiple news agencies have reported that there are people within the Trump administration willingly feeding potentially damaging information to the press presumably because they have a distaste for the President.
While Trump may be bombastic, he may also be right. The Hill continues:
The memo comes as President Trump turns his attention to the myriad of leaks pouring out of his administration. Those leaks from government employees to members of the press have fueled much of the coverage of Trump and his associates, including revelations that former national security adviser Michael Flynn discussed sanctions with Russia’s ambassador.
The president on Thursday morning blasted leaks coming out of the FBI, accusing the agency of being “totally unable” to stymie the flow of privileged or classified information to outside sources.
The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal with N.Korea etc?” Trump tweeted earlier this month.”
It certainly does seem as if there are those in our government with access to privileged information who also have reporters at The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The New York Times, etc. on speed dial. It’s also reasonably apparent that damaging the President’s reputation or ability to do his job is more important to those individuals than national security.
It could be such actions and individuals are the very reason Trump’s campaign message of “Drain the Swamp” resulted with him sitting in the Oval Office today.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]