Rep. Trey Gowdy believes continued intelligence leaks “are going to destroy” the credibility of national security and jeopardize U.S. surveillance programs.
During a Friday appearance on Fox & Friends, Gowdy said he wished the media would be more concerned about the identity of the leaker than the leaks themselves.
“The unnamed source is one issue and I’m going to let the media sort out whether the moral quandary that is that. I tell you what is not a moral quandary, that is printing of classified information. I will tell you this: We had a hearing yesterday on one of our surveillance programs up for reauthorization programs this year. The reauthorization of these tools that we need to keep us safe is in jeopardy if we don’t stop the leaks,” Gowdy said.
“Leaks are illegal and they are dangerous and they are deleterious to our national security,” the South Carolina Republican added.
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Gowdy said he understood why the public would take an interest in leaked material, but he also stressed why people need to know it’s dangerous.
In terms of the number of people involved in leaking classified information, Gowdy believes they only make up a small group of “about 30.”
“It is a small universe of people who would have had access to the underlying conversation, any summaries, and then what ultimately wound up in The Washington Post,” Gowdy said.
“So you need to find those 30 and apply whatever pressure is necessary from a legal standpoint through your investigation because leaks are going to destroy these programs,” he added.
On Tuesday, WikiLeaks dumped one of its largest leaks ever. The information outlined how the CIA uses smartphones, computers, gaming devices and internet-connected televisions for spying.
The intelligence agency used certain weaponized viruses or computer programs which were designed to exploit certain everyday consumer devices.
WikiLeaks claims to have received the files from a current or former CIA contractor.
It has been speculated the leaked documents were created between 2013-2016.
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