The people who are leaking sensitive information are doing so to hurt Trump. It’s a form of political warfare. But in doing so, they’re harming the country. The people who are doing this are putting their own political desires above the will of the people and the safety of the nation.
Newt Gingrich says they deserve jail and he’s right.
He writes at FOX News:
Lock up the leakers
The leaking of evidence about the Manchester bombing should be the final straw.
These leaks came from the professional intelligence community – not the Trump White House.
The leaks are proof that the deep state of professional bureaucrats is so out of control it believes it can break the law at will.
This destructive lawlessness is reinforced, fed, and strengthened by the elite media’s hunger for sensational stories at the expense of the safety and security of our country and of our allies.
The number of unnamed sources who now populate front page sensational “scoops” is a sickening commentary on the decline of patriotism, professionalism, and belief in the rule of law.
One destructive result of this kind of illegal behavior is that the number of allies willing to share secrets and intelligence with America will decline. If you think your classified information is going to end up on the front page of the Washington Post or the New York Times, why would you risk sharing it with the irresponsible and unprofessional Americans? Your investigation, your sources, and the very lives of your agents could be endangered by American arrogance and law breaking.
The enabler in this destructive lawlessness is the news media. Fred Friendly, who was Edward R. Murrow’s producer, used to say just because you have the right to say or write something doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do.
This is a major national security issue.
The culprits deserve jail time.