Donald Trump’s administration was hit with yet another leak on Friday when a State Department memo was leaked to The Washington Post. Ironically, the memo in question spotlighted the threat of leaks by department employees.
Written by acting State Department legal adviser Richard Visek and intended for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the memo explained Tillerson’s authority to protect certain privileged information and presents a case against leaks.
“When such information is leaked … it chills the willingness of senior government officials to seek robust and candid advice, which ultimately is to the detriment of informed policymaking and the reputation of the institution from which the leak emanated,” the memo read, according to The Hill.
The memo went on to say that leaks from the State Department could potentially hinder department officials’ ability to participate in policy discussions if they gain a reputation for not being able to keep information private.
“If the Department is going to be able to influence policy deliberations, we need to have a reputation for engaging responsibly in those deliberations,” the memo stated.
This comes as Trump is trying to plug the leaks in his administration. The president has slammed journalists for being more concerned with what’s in the leaks rather than how they are being leaked.
“The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal with N.Korea etc?” Trump tweeted earlier this month.
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