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Top intelligence officials criticizing leaks to liberal media on Russia/Taliban Bounties. The leaks are a crime.

 

All the liberal media is going crazy over the fact that President Trump claims he didn’t know about Russia supposedly offering bounties to incentivize Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition troops in Afghanistan. But here is another big issue, it is illegal for this information to have been leaked to the media. And it is a danger that they took this illegal intel and announced it to the world.

Now top U.S. intelligence officials are coming out condemning the leaking of any intelligence information.

From The Hill

Top U.S. intelligence officials released statements Monday criticizing leaks to the media as the Trump administration continues to defend against allegations that it knew Russia had offered bounties to incentivize Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition troops in Afghanistan.

CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe released similar statements Monday night slamming leaks as detrimental to intelligence investigations.

“The selective leaking of any classified information disrupts the vital interagency work to collect, assess, and mitigate threats and places our forces at risk. It also, simply put, a crime,” Ratcliffe said in a statement.

Haspel said that “leaks compromise and disrupt the critical interagency work to collect, assess, and ascribe culpability.”

Neither official directly addressed the reported intelligence assessing Russia had offered bounties to militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. 

“We are still investigating the alleged intelligence referenced in recent media reporting and we will brief the President and Congressional leaders at the appropriate time,” Ratcliffe said. 

“Hostile states’ use of proxies in war zones to inflict damage on U.S. interests and troops is a constant, longstanding concern. CIA will continue to pursue every lead; analyze the information we collect with critical, objective eyes; and brief reliable intelligence to protect U.S. forces deployed around the world,” Haspel said. 

President Trump has denied being briefed on the matter, tweeting on Sunday that he, Vice President Pence and chief of staff Mark Meadows were never told “about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians.” He also criticized the New York Times, which first reported on the intelligence last Friday.

Here is some new information, an official reportedly told CNN the claim was backed up by “several pieces of information” that supported the view that there was an effort by the Russian intelligence unit, the GRU, to pay bounties to kill U.S. soldiers but added that there was also information that did not corroborate this view.

So this official admitted that there was information that did not corroborate this view of the situation.

In short, someone claimed that someone at some time may have offered bounties but there wasn’t enough information to back that claim up conclusively. And if it was a big deal, wouldn’t officials have called a meeting instead of just putting it in a briefing?

It seems that the media is trying to conjure up another controversy that doesn’t exist.

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