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intelligence officials released statements Monday criticizing leaks to the media as the Trump administration continues to defend against allegations that it knew Russia had offered bounties to incentivize Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition troops in Afghanistan.
CIA Director Gina HaspelGina Cheri HaspelObama’s ‘rule of law’ hypocrisy Former CIA chief: Not ‘right‘ for Haspel to applaud at State of the Union Schiff schedules public hearing with US intel chief MORE and Director of National Intelligence John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeTop GOP lawmaker calls for answers from White House after report on Russian bounties on US forces Bolton asks court to dismiss DOJ suit, citing failure to state a claim DOJ seeks temporary restraining order blocking Bolton book release MORE released similar statements Monday night slamming leaks as detrimental to intelligence investigations.
Haspel said that “leaks compromise and disrupt the critical interagency work to collect, assess, and ascribe culpability.
Neither official directly addressed the reported intelligence assessing Russia had offered bounties to militants to kill U.
“We are still investigating the alleged intelligence referenced in recent media reporting and we will brief the President and Congressional leaders at the appropriate time,” Ratcliffe said.
” He also criticized the New York Times, which first reported on the intelligence last Friday.
Earlier Monday Ratcliffe released a statement stating “that neither the President nor the Vice President were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting yesterday.
Asked about the reports during a briefing Monday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president ‘was not briefed on this and neither was the vice president.
Pressed on whether the information was in the president’s daily briefing, McEnany said, “he was not personally briefed on the matter.