The Wall Street Journal is reporting that US intelligence officials are intentionally withholding information from President Trump.
(WASHINGTON, DC) US intelligence officials may have kept sensitive information from President Donald Trump due to concerns of potential leaks. This has added to growing discord between the agencies and the new leader, according to media reports.
In some cases, US intelligence officers did not inform Trump about the sources and methods used to collect classified information from foreign governments, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday in an unsourced report.
Citing unnamed “current and former officials familiar with the matter,” the WSJ wrote of the decision not to reveal sources and “trustworthiness or discretion,” but added it stems “from the president’s repeated expressions of admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his call during the presidential campaign for Russia to continue hacking the emails of his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.”
Notably, the WSJ report, widely cited by major US media, did not include any direct quote of the intelligence officials in question.
What the newspaper does quote is a statement by a White House official, also anonymous, who says the allegations are false.
“There is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening,” the official said.
The mere possibility of presenting incomplete information to Trump was officially dismissed by the US intelligence community itself.
“Any suggestion that the US intelligence community is withholding information and not providing the best possible intelligence to the president and his national security team is not true,” a spokesman for the Office of Director of National Intelligence also told the WSJ.
While attention-grabbing, the WSJ story still leaves many questions unanswered. Some former intelligence officers warned that “leaks” coming from “unnamed officials” may be part of information warfare directed against specific persons or governments.