For the past seven months, the Trump administration has been plagued with news leaks, more so than any other administration in history. Efforts have been made to track down the people responsible for the leaks.
Former White House Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci swore to find and rid the administration of news leakers. He was responsible for the ouster of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Scaramucci’s problem was he swore too much, which helped lead to his departure after only 10 days.
Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DOJ, with the help of the FBI and national intelligence community, were going after all leakers with the promise to prosecute any and all guilty parties.
Fox News printed a new story that should not have been leaked, causing great concern for US Ambassador Niki Haley. However, it was President Donald Trump who leaked the news.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday promoted a news article that cited information from anonymous officials, a practice he regularly decries — except when it benefits him.
Trump retweeted several posts from the Twitter account for Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends,” which he watches and tweets about regularly. One of the Fox tweets linked to a story about U.S. spies spotting North Korean cruise missiles. The article cites “U.S. officials with knowledge of the latest intelligence in the region,” including one that “requested anonymity to discuss sensitive information.”
It’s common to cite anonymous officials when reporting on intelligence matters, especially if information is classified. But Trump has regularly criticized the practice, as well as leaks of information in general, and has pledged to make the issue a priority for his administration…
I’ve always wondered why so many of America’s leaders constantly tell the press everything they are planning on doing. When George W. Bush was preparing to attack Saddam Hussein, it was announced days in advance by the media as if they wanted to warn Hussein. If it were up to me, I would ban all reporters from the White House, Congress and the Pentagon and only tell them what was absolutely necessary, AFTER the fact, not before.