CIA officials know who has been leaking classified information to The New York Times and The Washington Post, and the officials have passed that information on to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to a former U.S. attorney for President Ronald Reagan.
Joseph diGenova, the former U. S. attorney for the District of Columbia under Reagan, told LifeZette that in private conversations with CIA officials they confirmed they have the names of alleged leakers and have given the names to the U.S. Department of Justice.
“[This] confirms former Obama administration officials are in fact disclosing and discussing classified information with the press.”
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DiGenova’s claim comes after yet another case of leaked classified information to The Washington Post made headlines late Wednesday night.
The New York Times revealed in a report Wednesday that President Obama’s staffers left bread crumbs for anyone looking to undermine the Trump administration throughout the federal government. The revelation by The Times indicates how a steady drip of embarrassing leaks has tormented the new administration of President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday night, The Washington Post reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had met the Russian ambassador twice in 2016. Sessions was then the junior U.S. senator from Alabama.
In his confirmation hearings last month, Sessions said he was not aware of any contact between Russian officials and the Trump campaign, a common complaint Democrats have made since the middle of last year. Sessions appeared to include himself in that denial.
It is not uncommon for senators to meet with ambassadors. But Democrats blame the Russians for damaging hacks into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign — particularly, the Gmail account of John Podesta, her campaign chairman. The Podesta email leaks repeatedly embarrassed the campaign in the final month of the election.
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Some of the information reportedly planted by Obama officials had to do with alleged ties between President Trump’s “associates” — The Times does not define that term — and Russian officials.
Apparently, the Obama administration wanted to leave plenty of ammunition for leakers to keep hot the theme that Trump and his allies are connected to Moscow.
“U.S. allies, including the British and the Dutch, had provided information describing meetings in European cities between Russian officials — and others close to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin — and associates of President-elect Trump, according to three former U.S. officials who requested anonymity in discussing classified intelligence,” The Times reports. “Separately, U.S. intelligence agencies had intercepted communications of Russian officials, some of them within the Kremlin, discussing contacts with Trump’s associates.”
It is unclear if the “associates” were Trump campaign officials.
After the disclosure that Sessions had talked to the Russian ambassador twice, Democrats and some Republicans called on Sessions to recuse himself in investigations of Russian connections to the Trump campaign.
But diGenova said the bigger story is the ongoing war of leaks between entrenched federal employees, loyal to Obama, and the new Trump White House.
“[This] confirms former Obama administration officials are in fact disclosing and discussing classified information with the press,” said diGenova.