Washington Post's Leaked Transcripts Hurt National Security and Democracy

Jerome Frank
August 6, 2017

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that whoever is leaking classified information from the White House deserves to be locked up.

DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Oh, it's a deluge. "I love the White House, one of the most attractive buildings (homes) I have ever seen", he writes on Twitter.

The scope and sensitivity of the latest White House leaks-transcripts of President Trump's conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia-may be unprecedented, a boon to late-night comics and a disaster for novelists who must try to compete in writing "realistic" dialogue.

The national news media - especially the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal - have been extremely aggressive in pursuing the scandalous allegations plaguing the Trump White House.

But the fact that the transcripts were leaked is a much bigger problem, as is the fact that the Post made a decision to publish them.

GREENE: Well, so, I mean, presidents will often say any leaks are unsafe. Long before their father's election, the Trump children enjoyed a stellar reputation among most Manhattan influencers for being hard-working and well raised.

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During the 17-day vacation of Donald Trump as President, the local airport has been shut down until 20 August, grounding 110 private planes and 60 flight school students. And that's not something that can always be done transparently. This is getting risky, folks.

"We'll continue to keep you guys updated on his August schedule as those details are finalized", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday.

I realize you hate this man's boss, so maybe this is a case of situational ethics for you. You're an American, too. "Only way for me to get the truth out!"

The Department of Homeland Security says it is conducting a privacy impact assessment to evaluate privacy risks from the drone's surveillance and image-capturing capabilities. And it is certainly possible to point to past leaks that had dire consequences for US interests writ large and for particular individuals who serve or work with our government, from careers curtailed to spies tortured and killed. Newspapers, when they receive sensitive information like this, nearly always go through a process of skeptically looking at whether publishing a particular document will affect national security. So there is a complete disconnect between the real criminality - we know it's going on, it is not being dealt with - and these efforts to essentially bring down the constitutionally elected president. But the default for journalists is we want the public to understand how their government works and why.

The leak comes a day before Attorney Jeff Sessions is scheduled to hold a news conference detailing efforts to crack down on leaks.

"We had bug zappers going 24/7", former Obama security spokesman Tommy Vietor told the publication "It's the best office I will ever have, but that building is old and the infrastructure needs constant improvement". Presidents Obama and Clinton each took several trips to the MA island.

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