Spies Keep Intelligence From President Trump

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According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, officials are withholding certain intelligence over concerns that it could be "leaked or compromised".

USA president Donald Trump is reportedly eyeing private equity billionaire Stephen Feinberg to review the country's spy agencies, according to NBC and the New York Times.

Feinberg is the co-founder of Cerberus Capital Management and now is a member of Trump's economic advisory council.

If the administration decides to still go the Feinberg route, current and former officials speculated that Trump could be priming the businessman for a larger intelligence job in the future.

Previous reports have suggested that Trump's team is weighing a structural overhaul of some intelligence agencies.

'FAKE NEWS media, which makes up stories and "sources", is far more effective than the discredited Democrats - but they are fading fast!' Trump tweeted.

"But this is Washington", the Times' Michael D. Shear observed in a separate story on Wednesday, "where leaks are common currency-and, depending what side you're on, either sinister or patriotic".

'Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years, ' the president wrote.

His remarks come on the heels of the resignation of his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, after it was revealed that he'd reportedly discussed sanctions with Russia's ambassador to the United States before Trump was sworn in.

Bannon and Kushner once considered him for director of national intelligence or chief of the Central Intelligence Agency's clandestine service, intelligence officials and Republican lawmakers told the paper.

Although the Journal cites unnamed officials as its sources, the White House told the publication that "there is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening".

Responding to a question on Twitter about the reaction of the intelligence community to Trump's tweets, a former NSA intelligence analyst, John Schindler, claimed to have received an email from senior members of the intelligence community.

When Donald Trump was first elected, one of the many many terrifying aspects of his presidency was the fact that he would be in charge of an all-seeing panopticon that required a benevolent philosopher-king to run it in a non-abusive way.



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