- By Emily TamkinEmily Tamkin is a staff writer at Foreign Policy. She writes for FP’s The Cable, a real-time take on the news in Washington and the wider world. She has been at FP since the fall of 2016, before which she was an associate editor at New America, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington. She has a B.A. in Russian literature from Columbia University, an M.Phil. in Russian and East European studies from the University of Oxford, and studied Soviet dissidence in archival centers in Moscow, Tbilisi, and, on a Fulbright, in Bremen — all of which means that at FP, she writes when she can on Russia and Central and Eastern Europe., Robbie GramerRobbie Gramer is a staff writer at Foreign Policy. He writes for The Cable, FP’s real-time take on all things, well, foreign policy. Before he joined FP in 2016, he used to think in a tank, managing the NATO portfolio at the Atlantic Council for three years. He’s a graduate of American University’s School of International Service, where he studied international relations and European affairs. He has lived in both Washington and Brussels, though he grew up in Idaho and Oregon, so he’s a West Coaster at heart. When he’s not busy reporting, he’s probably busy starting three new books before he has finished the last one or planning a trip to a national park he hasn’t visited yet.
There should be some things in the world on which you can utterly rely. The sky is blue. The earth is an oblate spheroid. The Washington football team will disappoint. WikiLeaks likes leaks.
The Obama admin/CIA is illegally funneling TOP SECRET//COMINT information to NBC for political reasons before PEOTUS even gets to read it.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 6, 2017
Lest you think this is entirely hypocritical, WikiLeaks later clarified that they are not against leaks, but rather pseudo-leaks.
#PseudoLeak (n): Where the White House authorizes officials to funnel anonymous claims to pet 'journalists' for political advantage.
— WikiLeaks Task Force (@WLTaskForce) January 6, 2017
If a leak benefits the current White House, it is a pseudo-leak. If it benefits the Kremlin, however, it is just a good, old-fashioned, noble leak.
Trump, for his part, took to Twitter to call for a congressional investigation — not of the Russian interference in the election, but rather the leaking of that intel to NBC News.
I am asking the chairs of the House and Senate committees to investigate top secret intelligence shared with NBC prior to me seeing it.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
It’s not the first time Trump’s asked for some investigative help. On the campaign trail, he urged Russia to hack his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, who was embroiled in a scandal over using a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. Russia, it appears, was all too happy to comply.
He hasn’t called for a follow-on investigation into the hacking and leaking of Democratic emails, though it appears the Senate has him covered. But then, those were evidently leaks, not pseudo-leaks.
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