U.S. national security officials are reportedly ready to "go nuclear" after President Donald Trump's latest attack on the intelligence community.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday and Wednesday, Trump insisted that the "real scandal" was not that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied about his contact with Russia. Instead, the president blasted what he said were "un-American" leaks that led to Flynn's ousting.
The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1487082534.0
Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1487161158.0
The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy. Very un-American!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1487164390.0
On Wednesday, former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler provided some insight into the reaction of national security officials.
"Now we go nuclear," he wrote on Twitter. "[Intelligence community] war going to new levels. Just got an [email from] senior [intelligence community] friend, it began: 'He will die in jail.'"
"US intelligence is not the problem here," Schindler added in another tweet. "The President's collusion with Russian intelligence is. Many details, but the essence is simple."
US intelligence is not the problem here. The President's collusion with Russian intelligence is. Many details, but the essence is simple.— John Schindler (@John Schindler) 1487168486.0
Now we go nuclear. IC war going to new levels. Just got an EM fm senior IC friend, it began: "He will die in jail." https://t.co/e6FxCclVqT— John Schindler (@John Schindler) 1487168820.0