Good news--Leakers fear being caught
Trump’s leaks crackdown sends chills through national security worldThis was desperately needed to US national security and to put the brakes on the intel community coup attempt against the President. If the media, which was a co-conspirator in the coup attempt, is frustrated that is also a good thing.
Agency officials say measures have been taken to isolate leakers, creating a culture of fear.
National security officials across the federal government say they are seeing new restrictions on who can access sensitive information, fueling fears in the intelligence and security community that the Trump administration has stepped up a stealthy operation to smoke out leakers.
There was suspicion, the official said, that the agency was even tracking what they printed, to keep tabs on what information they were accessing.
There was a particular frustration in the White House about the investigative and national security leaks — along with the details of Trump's foreign phone calls — that led White House officials to call the FBI and ask for leak investigations.
The reverberations have spread in the weeks since, and several national security officials outside the White House have spoken of a strategic thinning of the ranks — limiting the number of people involved in certain sensitive matters, so that if something leaks, the suspects are obvious.