AG Sessions to Leakers, “…will find you, prosecute you, you won’t like it.”
The US Justice Department has declared War on leakers.
In a press conference Friday announcing new steps to crack down on federal government leaks, USAG Jeff Sessions said the department is “reviewing policies affecting media subpoenas,” saying reporters’ abilities to disclose information had to be weighed against national security concerns.
“We respect the important role that the press plays and will give them respect, but it is not unlimited,” AG Sessions said.
“They (the press) cannot place lives at risk with impunity. We must balance their role with protecting our national security and the lives of those who serve in our intelligence community, the armed forces, and all law-abiding Americans.”
AG Sessions Sessions’ comments were intended to have a chilling effect on government leakers and journalism, by making reporters and their sources think twice before publishing classified, secret and top secret information, as it is a crime and the perps will be punished forthwith.
US DOJ officials also said they are reviewing guidelines meant to make it difficult for the government to subpoena journalists about their sources, and do not rule out the possibility that a reporter could be prosecuted.
“No one is entitled to surreptitiously fight their battles in the media by revealing sensitive government information,” AG Sessions said in an announcement that followed a series of news reports this year on The Trump Campaign and White House that have relied on classified information.
“No government can be effective when its leaders cannot discuss sensitive matters in confidence or to talk freely in confidence with foreign leaders.”
A White House adviser raised the possibility of lie detector tests for the people in the West Wing and elsewhere with access to transcripts of President Donald Trump’s phone calls.
The WP Thursday published transcripts of his conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.
President Trump counselor, Kellyanne Conway said that “it’s easier to figure out who’s leaking than the leakers may realize.” And might lie detectors be used? She said: “Well, they may, they may not.”
“This nation must end the culture of leaks. We will investigate and seek to bring criminals to justice. We will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country any longer,” AG Sessions said in his closing remarks.
Mr. President, Drain the Swamp!
Have a terrific weekend.