Director of National Intelligence under Obama, James Clapper, lekket Steele-rapporten til CNN samtidig som han briefet Trump om innholdet. Da Clapper fikk direkte spørsmål om han hadde lekket til mediene, svarte han nei.
Dette kan få juridiske konsekvenser for Clapper.
Det er the Federalist’s Sean Davis som fant storyen i rapporten som etterretningskomiteen i Representantenes hus presenterte fredag:
In one of the findings within the 253-page report, the House intelligence committee wrote that Clapper leaked details of a dossier briefing given to then-President-elect Donald Trump to CNN’s Jake Tapper, lied to Congress about the leak, and was rewarded with a CNN contract a few months later.
«Clapper flatly denied ‘discussing[ing] the dossier [compiled by Steele] or any other intelligence related to Russia hacking of the 2016 election with journalists,'» the committee found.
When asked directly whether he had ever discussed the dossier with any journalists, Clapper replied that he had not, according to a transcript of the proceedings:
MR. ROONEY: Did you discuss the dossier or any other intelligence related to Russia hacking of the 2016 election with journalists?
MR. CLAPPER: No.
The former DNI later changed his story after he was confronted specifically about his communications with Jake Tapper of CNN.
«Clapper subsequently acknowledged discussing the ‘dossier with CNN journalist Jake Tapper,’ and admitted that he might have spoken with other journalists about the same topic,» the report continued. «Clapper’s discussion with Tapper took place in early January 2017, around the time IC leaders briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump, on ‘the Christopher Steele information,’ a two-page summary of which was ‘enclosed in’ the highly-classified version of the ICA,» or intelligence community assessment.
The briefing of Trump by U.S. intelligence chiefs was held on January 6. CNN published its story on the briefing, based on anonymous leaks from «two national security officials,» on January 10. BuzzFeed published the full dossier, which was jointly funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, minutes after the CNN story was published.
Det er ikke bare Clapper som har oppført seg på denne måten. Mange av Obamas-toppfolk snakket med to tunger. Sannheten kommer for en dag, selv om det tar tid.