Saagar Enjeti, DCNF
Elements of the U.S. intelligence community may be pushing back against President Donald Trump’s administration with a series of classified information leaks.
Former National Security Agency analyst and columnist for the New York Observer, Dr. John Schindler, wrote Monday that the intelligence community “fears that the White House is too friendly to Moscow,” and has begun to withhold intelligence from the White House in what may constitute a spy revolt. Schindler continued that “our spies have had enough of these shady Russian connections—and they are starting to push back.”
Just two days after Schindler warned of the push back, The New York Times published reports that members of the Trump campaign frequently spoke with Russian intelligence officials. The story alleges, “phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.”
The story came just days after The Washington Post revealed that former national security adviser Mike Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence on the nature of his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. The report caused a media firestorm and ended with Flynn resigning in disgrace Monday night.
“It’s very rare that reporters are ever told about government-monitored communications of U.S. citizens, let alone senior U.S. officials,” Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake wrote Tuesday. He continues, “selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity.”
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