Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Intelligence Officials May Be Keeping Sensitive Information From Trump

The Director of National Intelligence denied a report from The Wall Street Journal that the community is withholding information from President Donald Trump over concerns it might be leaked or compromised.

The move to appoint Feinberg to review the intelligence community comes amid Trump's ongoing battles with the nation's vast spy network when he was still President-elect.

'FAKE NEWS media, which makes up stories and "sources", is far more effective than the discredited Democrats - but they are fading fast!' Trump tweeted. "It was classified information".

In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump blasted the intelligence community for leaks.

Former MI5 intelligence officer Annie Machon said, commenting on the sudden resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, that the scandal over his phone talks with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was masterminded "to reinforce the fact that Russia is the eternal enemy of America". During the presidential campaign, hecelebrated the hackers who broke into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails and leaked sensitive material.

It's not clear how either investigation will work within the current intelligence hierarchy. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), awaits confirmation - traditionally supervises US intelligence agencies.

Although the Journal cites unnamed officials as its sources, the White House told the publication that "there is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening".

He also said that the reports which are saying that his advisors were in constant communication with Russians known to US intelligence, are an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign.

According to Schindler, the leaks by the intelligence community were not the problem but Trump's "collusion with Russian intelligence".

"Bringing Mr. Feinberg into the administration to conduct the review is seen as a way of injecting a Trump loyalist into a world the White House views with suspicion", the Times observed, noting that Feinberg has close ties to Trump's controversial chief strategist Stephen Bannon as well as son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Feinberg's only national security experience stems from his company's involvement with a private security company and two gun makers.

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