“Mr. Trump, apparently seeking to cut the intelligence community, State Department, and other agencies out of the policy-making process almost entirely, may have triggered a conflict whose escalation we are seeing in the rising number of leaks.”Officials, deprived of the usual levers for shaping policies that are supposed to be their purview, are left with little other than leaking.”
“Mr. Flynn, in his short tenure, exemplified the breakdown between the president’s inner circle and career civil servants. He kept the National Security Council largely shut out of policy-making and sought sweeping changes in foreign policy.”
“For concerned government officials, leaks may have become one of the few remaining means by which to influence not just Mr. Flynn’s policy initiatives but the threat he seemed to pose to their place in democracy.”
“Then what’s the point of demonstrating and facing down gun barrels if the people can’t demand change?”
“But Israel is fine these days? Tahrir worked out great!”
“Even if each individual leak is justifiable, as insubordination becomes more sustained and overt, it inches deeper into the gray zone of counter-democratic activities.
“I don’t think you can say in advance what inappropriate deep-state activity would look like, because we haven’t seen this before,” said Analyst #1.
“This war between the intelligence community and the White House is bad for the intelligence community, bad for the White House, and bad for the nation’s security.”