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0711, 15 Feb 17


This is a problem.

WASHINGTON — 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.

American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.

The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation.

Frankly, I’m far less concerned with the fact than people from an incoming administration may have been running their mouths with Russians than I am about the fact that “four current and former American officials” are leaking intelligence to the media for purely political purposes. Is it too much to ask that our intelligence agencies to be able to keep a secret?


0711, 15 February 2017


  1. jonnyv

    I agree that the leaks are not always a good thing. But if they are leaking that a crime may have been committed, I can overlook that. Without the leakers, Flynn would probably still have a job.

    And it is hard to complain about leaking when the president is holding security meetings in the open at Mar-a-Lago.

    And as a political junky, I kinda enjoy watching how the sausage is made. But that doesn’t make it good for the country.

  2. kjanz1899

    Expect more leaks until Trump drains the swamp.

  3. billphoto

    If memory serves me well, some “un-named source” also leaked Trump’s conversations with Mexico and Australia and I think inaccurately.

    The real problem here is the intelligence community is not working to protect our country against foreign and domestic enemies but instead is operating to destroy those it would deem not acceptable to them.  In the past, they have been called the SS or the KGB but no matter the name, they are the driving force in a police state.  That’s scary.

    How to dismantle the NSA is beyond my knowledge but maybe the place to start is to start reassigning these un-fireable bureaucrats to Station Antartica until the leaks stop.

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