A wave of alarm went through Washington today as the Washington Post published full transcripts of phone calls President Trump had with foreign leaders. Ned Price who was Obama’s National Security Council Head said:
“This is beyond the pale and will have a chilling effect going forward on the ability of the commander in chief to have candid discussions with his counterparts.”
On Thursday evening the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee has had enough and spoke out. Senator Mark Warner said the leak is:
“absolutely” troubling, arguing that it would cause potentially-serious complications to the White House’s ability to conduct foreign policy. “A president of the United States, a governor would tell us they’ve got to be able to have confidential conversations,” Warner told The Daily Beast in an interview. “And I think it was disgraceful that those [came out]. The leak may be reflective of a chaotic White House, whether that is the Intel or Judicial [committees] looking into it, somebody ought to.
Those in the media have greatly benefited from the gushing leaks coming out of Washington. However, on Thursday many are saying enough is enough. “Leaks of sensitive or classified information damage our national security,” Michael McFaul, who served as Russian ambassador under Obama.
One of the harshest critics toward the President David Frum who was a speech writer for George W. Bush said
in a piece called “Why Leaking Transcripts of Trump’s Calls Is So Dangerous” argued that it’s:
“vitally important” that the president and foreign leaders be able to speak without fear that their conversations will be leaked to the press.
“No leader will again speak candidly on the phone to Washington, D.C. — at least for the duration of this presidency, and perhaps for longer,” Frum wrote. “If these calls can be leaked, any call can be leaked — and no leader dare say anything to the president of the United States that he or she would not wish to read in the news at home.”
“If no high national-security secret has been betrayed in these transcripts, the workings of the U.S. government have been gravely compromised, and in ways that will be very difficult to repair even after Trump leaves office.”
Even before the release of the transcripts, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his top lieutenants had scheduled a press conference for Friday to address their efforts to staunch the flow of leaks from what Trump’s allies refer to as the “deep state.”
Who ever this leaker was they may want to obtain legal counsel my guess is there is a really short list on those that have access to those documents.
Do you think the leaking of these transcripts go too far?