by Mark Angelides
When news erupted that the President had sheared a Tweet that told of Satellite imagery showing that North Korea was moving missiles onto a patrol boat, the MSM were quick to check the details. What they found, according to The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, was that the information was apparently classified. They then ran an article lambasting President Trump for sharing this information, whilst at the same time sharing said information.
The idiocy and hypocrisy on display can be summed up nicely by the reaction of Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu:
“It is alarming the casualness with which President Trump shares classifieds information,” Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California told CNN’s Poppy Harlow. “Just because something is in the press doesn’t make that information no longer classified, so the President should not be tweeting classified information just because he as the President.”
So Ted doing an interview specifically about the classified information, detailing the classified information is acceptable, but Donald Trump doing so is not, according to Ted himself. And the reaction of CNN itself, actually displaying the “classified information” while telling Trump off is nothing short of madness. For those of you that missed it, here’s some “classified info”:
U.S. spy satellites detect North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to patrol boat t.co/BPFXsLffgy
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) August 8, 2017
But it gets more ridiculous. The fact is that the information may not even be classified! Nikki Haley said: “I can’t talk about anything that’s classified and if that’s in the newspaper that’s a shame,” Haley said on “Fox and Friends” when asked about the story that cites two anonymous sources.
Pushed on whether the information was leaked, Haley said “it’s one of those things I don’t know what’s going on. I will tell you it’s incredibly dangerous when things get out into the press like that.”
Now perhaps I’m missing a subtle interpretation, but to me that seems as though he actually has no idea whatsoever if it is or not and is just playing it safe. For CNN to run with story as though it were is an issue; they are following a trajectory of shoot at Trump first and deal with the fallout later (usually by ignoring feedback and pretending it didn’t happen).
And now the final point: If information that is supposedly classified is actually available to every single person in the world who has either a computer (or even a TV that shows CNN), is it really still classified? And if it is, then our methods of dealing with classified intel are seriously flawed.