Most people reading this probably loathe Donald Trump and most of the Republican Party. Trust me, I’m right there with all of you. That being said, as hard as it is sometimes, I do my best to not be a hypocrite or lower my values just because something I’d otherwise oppose benefits me.
Which brings me to the very real problem of classified information being illegally leaked to the media.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against “inside sources” leaking embarrassing, though not classified/top secret/confidential information to the media that sheds light on what a chaotic, incompetent, and corrupt administration we currently have presiding over the White House. If various aides and White House sources want to talk to the press about things that aren’t illegal to discuss, then go right ahead.
What neither “side” should celebrate — ever — is when people within an administration, or our government, leak legitimate classified information to the media. Though I know there’s definitely a gray area between being a “whistleblower” trying to protect this country and a criminal illegally leaking information.
Before going any further, I would like to point out the rather hilarious irony of Donald Trump and members of his administration whining about leaks when many of them used information from Clinton’s stolen emails to attack her during last year’s election. While there’s clearly a difference between classified information and her hacked emails, both situations revolve around illegally obtained private information being used for political benefit against an opponent.
That being said, even though many of these admittedly illegal leaks do help my fight against the corrupt Trump administration, that doesn’t mean I’d ever condone or encourage anyone to break the law — nobody should.
For me, the story here isn’t so much the leaks, but why there are so many of them.
The truth is, the answer to that question is rather simple: Because he’s the most dishonest “president” we’ve ever had and he’s someone many people, Republicans included, don’t trust to do what’s best for the country.
It’s not coincidental that a man who almost never tells the truth, who seems to have a bizarre infatuation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is also experiencing a massive amount of leaks coming from his administration.
For instance, the leaked transcripts of Trump’s conversations with the leaders of Australia and Mexico. While it’s true these were illegally leaked, nothing contained in them put U.S. security at risk. It wasn’t as if these transcripts going public handed sensitive intelligence to our enemies. All they really did was embarrass Trump and prove that he’s an incompetent liar who’s apparently begging other world leaders to help make him look good.
It seems rather obvious that whoever leaked these didn’t do so because they were trying to hurt the country. They seem to have taken this step because they wanted the world to know that Trump lied when he said reports about his phone call with the Australian prime minister being rather contentious were “fake news,” and that his big bold promise to make Mexico build his border wall was nothing more than a talking point he’s using to manipulate and lie to his supporters.
That’s what the vast majority of these leaks center around. They’re not massive intelligence dumps by some rogue agent trying to harm our national security. Most are usually aimed at shedding light on the constant stream of lies Trump and his administration are trying to con the American people into believing.
If Trump never lied about having a plan to make Mexico pay for his wall, or had he never claimed that his phone call with the Australian prime minister was cordial when it wasn’t, then there would have been no reason for anyone to leak that information. Just like people wouldn’t feel the need to leak the fact that Trump gave highly-classified information to Russian officials, or reveal inside information about what’s taking place in the on-going Russia investigations he continues to claim are “fake news.”
Yes, without a doubt, there’s a huge problem with a White House administration facing a jaw-dropping number of leaks, some of which are of classified information. I am not denying that’s a problem.
I simply believe the bigger story here is why those who have access to this information, many of whom work for his administration, feel the need to take such huge risks with their own personal freedom (they could easily end up in jail) by leaking this information.
And the answer is, because a lot of people who are seeing this circus up close and personal on a day-to-day basis realize that the risks they’re taking are worth it if it means protecting this country from one of the most dishonest, corrupt, and incompetent “presidents” who’ve ever presided over this nation.