It appears clear enough that he has not only leaked classified information. He has done so for partisan political purposes. The US is now one step closer to a Banana Republic.
ACC has just run a story about how the FBI now reportedly agrees with the CIA that Russia tried to influence our election. We quoted the Daily Caller which said:
“The CIA has not issued any public statements, and all assertions are based on anonymous leaks.”
This may be technically true, but is misleading. We now know pretty clearly who has been leaking from the CIA.
NPR reported yesterday that John Brennan, the head of the CIA, sent a written message to CIA staff members stating that the FBI now agreed with the CIA assertion of Russian interference in the election. NPR itself noted that Brennan knew perfectly well that a general message to employees would be leaked. In effect, he was asking the CIA staff to leak it. So here we have an instance of the head of the CIA leaking conclusions from a classified report although in a roundabout way.
It really was bad enough for the secretary of state and her staff to treat classified information as she did. Has no one in Washington learned anything from this? And what does it tell us that the leaker is the head of the CIA, where secrecy is supposed to be greatest?
When the CIA was founded after WW2, some commentators warned that having a super secret spy agency inside our government was not a good idea, that it might eventually try to influence or even subvert our democracy. Rumors of the CIA working with the Mafia and the like in the past were just rumors. But there now seems no doubt that the agency has leaked classified information knowing that it will be used for a highly partisan political purpose, to undermine the legitimacy of the Trump election.
I don’t know how others will react to this, but I find it more than troubling that the head of the CIA could in this way inject himself into domestic politics.