When it comes to classified information, it feels as though leaks have been happening right and left. The public is now much more aware of news and information – information that was a secret until someone slipped.
Through one way or another, a slip-up inevitably occurs. Someone shares something confidential, and lo and behold the public becomes almost instantly aware.
Unfortunately, these seem to be happening more than usual lately. And it doesn’t exactly instill confidence that the government and presidential parties are able to keep their mouths shut about the important things.
Interestingly, it looks as though that’s all about to change. According to World Net Daily:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats announced a joint effort Friday to track down and prosecute those leaking classified information to the media.
Former federal prosecutor Victoria Toensing says this problem can be addressed by putting the media on notice, limiting the number of people who see key documents and rooting out Obama holdovers from the National Security Council staff.
Toensing also urged caution before jumping to conclusions over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s assembling of a grand jury into the Russia probe, but she fears serious mission creep is afoot and wonders why there still isn’t a grand jury investigating Hillary Clinton over her email scandal or examining the actions of the Clinton Foundation.
The issue of leaks jumped to the forefront again this week, after the Washington Post published classified transcripts of President Trump’s conversations with other world leaders during the first days of his administration.
Toensing says there is clear-cut criminal activity involved.
“It is absolutely prosecutable. It is a leak of classified information. What the Washington Post is doing is affecting President Trump’s ability to do his job, because the Washington Post is absolutely committed to bringing down this presidency,” said Toensing.
Sen. Tom Coburn has come up with the answer to a Washington bureaucracy that doesn’t seem to care about the Constitution, or American people: An Article V convention, which he describes in “Smashing the DC Monopoly: Using Article V to Restore Freedom and Stop Runaway Government.”
“You know ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness,’ their new label, their new motto? Well, democracy dies in fake news, in publishing classified information, which provides no news value. What did we learn in the publishing of that transcript? Nothing,” said Toensing.
According to Toensing, there’s one main important objective coming out of the press conference between Sessions and Coats. And that’s that journalists will receive a subpoena if necessary in order to expose the people responsible for these leaks. That’s because journalists can be an immense help in assisting in an investigation.
Now it’s important to remember that the subpoena does not automatically guarantee the journalist will face a conviction. However, standing in front of the grand jury, they can testify as to their experiences speaking with those in power.
Some are accusing Toensing of suppressing freedom of the press. However, he says the act of using reporters to track down information leakers is not that bad. For instance, he references that his actions are much better than Eric Holder’s actions toward the media throughout his service in the Obama administration.