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WikiLeaks to US government: Stop leaking secrets!

Sean Gallagher
Julian Assange's Wikileaks is shocked—shocked—that someone would leak secrets for political reasons.
On Thursday, NBC News broadcast a report claiming to have exclusive details from the top-secret version of the intelligence community report on Russian hacking and information warfare activities delivered to President Barack Obama—a report scheduled to be delivered by intelligence officials to President-elect Donald Trump today. The NBC report followed a Washington Post report based on information from anonymous “US officials” about intercepted communications between Russian leaders celebrating Donald Trump’s election as a victory.
The NBC report drew an instant rebuke via Twitter from Trump. WikiLeaks, which has previously published leaked highly classified US intelligence data, cried foul over the leaks.
The parade of leaks regarding the US intelligence assessment about Russian hacking is notable given the Obama administration’s past crackdown on leaks, which has included a record number of prosecutions against those leaking information to journalists. The leaks are likely motivated by Trump’s frequent dismissal of official intelligence community statements regarding the alleged involvement of the Russian government in the hacking and dissemination of information from the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaigns.
According to the NBC report, the 50-plus page classified version of the intelligence community report details Russian digital espionage operations dating as far back as 2008, including the breach of e-mail systems at the White House, State Department, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and US corporations, in addition to the attacks focused on the DNC and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Those details would present a more complete picture of the various "threat groups" lumped into the recent FBI/Department of Homeland Security Joint Analysis Report as "Grizzly Steppe."
President Obama has not yet received the report, but he was given a briefing on its contents on Thursday. A final Top Secret, Compartmented Information version of the report will be delivered to cleared members of the administration and the Trump transition team today; Congress will receive a classified version of the report on Monday, and an unclassified version is expected to be made public early next week.
Early today, in an interview with the New York Times, Trump referred to the intelligence community's focus on the Russian hacking a politically-motivated attack against him. Referencing the breach of the Office of Personnel Management, Trump said, “China, relatively recently, hacked 20 million government names, How come nobody even talks about that? This is a political witch hunt.”
WikiLeaks to US government: Stop leaking secrets! Reviewed by Chidinma C Amadi on 10:55 PM Rating: 5

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