This morning Politico reports on how the Trump administration is getting close to finding out who leaked the Russia/Afghanistan bounty intel to the media:
— SEARCHING FOR LEAKERS … THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has opened an internal investigation to try to uncover who leaked intelligence about Russians paying the Taliban bounties to kill American soldiers. The administration maintains the story is overcooked and the leaks cherry-picked despite a steady stream of follow-ups from media outlets across the globe.
THE ADMINISTRATION has interviewed people with access to the intelligence, and believes it has narrowed down the universe of suspects to fewer than 10 people.
THE ADMINISTRATION has said it would search for leakers in its ranks on many occasions. Notably, they vowed to find out who wrote an anonymous op-ed in the NYT almost two years ago. They said they’d find who leaked the president’s calendars in February 2019. Most of these probes fizzled out or faded away.
BUT, THE ADMINISTRATION seems a bit more worked up about these leaks, due to the highly classified nature of the intelligence.
The Trump admin “believes it has narrowed down the universe of suspects to fewer than 10 people.”
That’s a significant number considering how many people are in the intelligence world. I hope this investigation doesn’t ‘fizzle out’ and they actually find who leaked it and we all learn their name.
And of course they go to jail for a long time.