“People who have…taken classified information and turned it loose are basically traitors to the country,” former CIA Director Jim Woolsey said in an interview.
Former CIA Director under President Bill Clinton, Jim Woolsey, told CNN’s Don Lemon Tuesday that there is nothing wrong with using backchannels to communicate with a foreign power and that the real scandal is the illegal leaking of classified intelligence.
Lemon asked Woolsey if he thought President Trump knew about the backchannel Senior Advisor Jared Kushner is accused of creating with Russia.
“I don’t see anything untoward about having a backchannel communication as long as you’re doing it accurately,” Woolsey told Lemon. “People have backchannel communications all the time.”
Lemon followed up by asking Woolsey why, if these backchannel communications are allowed, would someone not disclose them.
“Well, there are a lot of things that I think have been disclosed too much, and I think that is the real scandal here – that so much has been disclosed,” Woolsey responded.
Woolsey added, “It makes it hard for the secrecy that’s essential to the operation of the U.S. government in these areas to continue.”
“I think the people who have broken these formal agreements and taken classified information and turned it loose are basically traitors to the country,” Woolsey concluded.
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