Jeff Sessions warns government leakers: You ‘will be prosecuted’

Jeff Sessions warns government leakers: You ‘will be prosecuted’, Washington ExaminerKelly Cohen, August 4, 2017

(How about those who publish the leaked material? — DM)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions unveiled a new Department of Justice crackdown on leaks. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday that the Justice Department is ramping up steps to investigate and prosecute government leakers, a day after transcripts of President Trump’s calls with two foreign leaders were leaked to the Washington Post.

“Criminals who would illegally use their access to our most sensitive information to endanger our national security are in fact being investigated, and will be prosecuted,” he said in a press conference.

Sessions stressed that his department doesn’t confirm or deny specific investigations, but made it clear there are many more leak investigations ongoing today than there were less than a year ago.

“Since January, the department has more than triple the number of active leak investigations compared to the number pending at the end of the last administration,” he said. “And we’ve already charged four people with unlawfully disclosing classified material or with concealing contacts with federal officers.”

Sessions also stressed repeatedly that a way to solve the problem is to change the culture in government, which routinely leaks classified information.

“This culture of leaking must stop,” he said.

Sessions was joined by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina from the Justice Department headquarters on Friday in Washington.

Trump, who has criticized Sessions in recent weeks, said he wanted Sessions to crack down on the leaks that have plagued his administration since he took office. The attorney general told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson last week that he has “not been happy with the past prosecutions and investigations of criminal leaks.”

The Washington Post released the transcripts of Trump’s calls in late January with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and noted the transcripts had notes indicating the National Security Council had classified them. The full transcripts, the Post said, were “produced by White House staff” and based on records kept by White House notetakers.

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3 Comments on “Jeff Sessions warns government leakers: You ‘will be prosecuted’”

  1. joopklepzeiker Says:

    prosecuting the cia , i can’t wait for it , lets rock and roll !@

  2. dave Says:

    need to hang 5 leakers in public. end of problem.

  3. wingate Says:

    What about those who pull the strings in the ongoing coup d’etat ? I’ m talking of the BHO – gang….
    Afraid of them ( their body count is quite huge)….?
    Where are the brave , fearless Americans who love their once great ( really great ) nation ?

    Friends in the USA – if you dont win over the inner enemies of the USA ( which are much more dangerous Than the outer enemies ) – not only will the USA be history soon, but the western, free world as a whole….

    May the one and only God help us to win…


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