If leaks are treason, what is to be done about the accessories after the fact?

A certain Las Vegas columnist is, shall we say, apoplectic over the leaks coming out of the Trump White House.

Wayne Allyn Root writes today:

This is outrageous and ridiculous. More importantly, it’s illegal. It’s actually worse than illegal — it constitutes treason. It threatens America’s national security. The greatest country and military in world history cannot allow our president’s private conversations with world leaders to be leaked to any Tom, Dick or Harry. Or worse, to the leaders of Russia, China, Iran, North Korea or ISIS.

What stirred Root’s dander was recent reporting by The Washington Post of transcripts of two Trump conversations with foreign leaders. His remedy is: “Any government employees caught and convicted of leaking must be charged with treason and punished with life terms — or the death penalty.”

Not lacking for superlatives, Root declares, “This scandal is the greatest threat to national security in our history.”

He doesn’t go into what penalty should be assessed for the accessory after the fact — the press. Without the press there would be no distribution of what Root deems treason punishable by death. Surely the press would have to be held accountable under Root’s rules.

The same newspaper in which Root rants reported a few days ago quotes from those purloined conversations with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The newspaper related:

The transcripts of the two calls did not reveal top-secret information, but they showed the president in a less than favorable light. Trump told Peña Nieto to stop saying Mexico would not pay for a border wall. “You cannot say that to the press because I cannot negotiate under those circumstances,” said Trump, in an exchange that made him seem more opportunistic than principled.

Trump then told Turnbull he liked talking to Russian President Vladimir Putin better. “I have been making these calls all day and this is the most unpleasant call of the day. Putin was a pleasant call,” Trump said.

Are the newspapers that report the leaks to be held accountable or not in Wayne’s world?

Washington Post image

 

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11 comments on “If leaks are treason, what is to be done about the accessories after the fact?

  1. Steve says:

    The Wayne’r or Steve S which is better?

  2. Barbara says:

    While I agree that the President’s private conversations with world leaders should not be publicly available, the leaks and those that publish the leaks are not guilty of treason.

    As intended, these leaks have the effect of weakening President Trump and the United States. Who wants to share intelligence when sources may be compromised? Who would ever speak freely and candidly with a President whose private conversations do not remain private?

    Unlike other Presidents, Trump has kept too many holdovers from the previous administration. He was not prepared to govern and some of the leaking can be laid at his doorstep. What did he expect? After a time, they would all come to love him?

    When Mueller indicts his son, perhaps then he will understand that the Washington Cartel does not willingly accept outsiders – even those duly elected.

  3. deleted says:

    False flag guys. Remember the “leak” of Agent Orange’s “tax return”? The partial one, for a single year that cause such “consternation” from this “administration”? (Whatever happened to that by they hmmmmm?)

    Look, Agent Orange and his far right wing nationalists have planned since before the Russians “assisted” them in taking over this country’s governance, to put down the free press. From the outset the plan has been to turn the already lunatic right against anyone or anything that might stand in the way of a complete takeover of this country’s freedom loving institutions like the press, and Wayne Root and his kind (including lapdog Sessions who is now aching to prove his loyalty to his master) are going to be the Joseph Goebels the right has longed for. Going after “dissident” elements; I.e. Anyone that tells Agent Orange that he is not the dictator he wants to be, and subjecting them to constant threats and bullying to cow them into submission.

    It’s long past time for any American who believes in the principles this country was established to protect to break away from their tribal loyalty and remember the words our believed founding fathers wrote in the documents which even Agent Orange swore to uphold.

  4. Steve says:

    Patrick, the IC is out to get the President. Those “leaks” proved that in and of themselves by picking very carefully to make the foreign leaders look good and Trump played right in by being himself.
    IC couldn’t have chosen better, but in doing so, they have damaged all future relations for decades to come.

  5. deleted says:

    It is appalling that after a terrorist bombing at a religious site, you hear next to nothing from far right media. You’d think they be practically drilling over an opportunity to blare such explosive news out right?

    Maybe not. After all, it was just the Muslims who were sent the message. God forbid this had been a Christian church, or should I say a white Christian church (black church fire bombings get lesser attention don’t you know.)

    And where are the calls from Christians (other than this one anyway) condemning those who would do such things?

    The world is a messed up place sometimes.

    https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-08-06/minnesota-governor-calls-mosque-bombing-act-of-terrorism

  6. Steve says:

    Hmmph, Patrick.

    Left wingnuttery is ignoring it too.

  7. “Do the people not have a right know who are the snakes collaborating with the Never-Trump press to bring down their head of state? Is not discovering the identities of deep-state felons a story that investigative reporters should be all over?

    If Greg Miller is obligated to protect his source, fine. But why are other journalists not exposing his identity?

    The answer suggests itself. This is a collaborative enterprise, where everyone protects everyone else’s sources, because all have the same goal: the dumping of Trump. If that requires collusion with criminals, so be it.

    The Justice Department is now running down the leaks, and the ACLU’s Ben Wizner is apoplectic: “Every American should be concerned about the Trump administration’s threat to step up its efforts against whistleblowers and journalists. A crackdown on leaks is a crackdown on the free press and on democracy.”

    That’s one way to put it. Another is that some of these “whistleblowers” are political criminals who reject the verdict of the American electorate in 2016 and are out to overturn it. And the aforementioned “journalists” are their enablers and collaborators.” from Pat Buchanan

    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2017/08/after-the-coup-what-then/#1GKpAs8ekSH8iXMT.99

  8. And most of this leaks have nothing to do with national security and are really just embarrassing.

  9. deleted says:

    Speaking of leakers and the leaks they leak, apparently some of them are more equal than others:

    “Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s retweet of a Fox News story claiming US satellites detected North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to a patrol boat is raising eyebrows on Tuesday after US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley indicated that the information in the report is classified and was leaked.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/08/politics/trump-retweet-fox-news-north-korea-story-haley/index.html

  10. deleted says:

    Apparently the right wing decided to finally pay attention to the terrorist bombing of the mosque; they decided to blame it on….the left.

    http://ijr.com/the-response/2017/08/942684-trump-adviser-thinks-maybe-left-bombed-minnesota-mosque/

  11. Steve says:

    Gorka is correct that there have been incidents of hate crimes in recent months that were made to look like they were perpetrated by someone other than the actual perpetrator.

    On Tuesday, the FBI accused an Israeli teen of making bomb threats to U.S. schools and Jewish community centers more than 100 times since January. The teen also allegedly sold his bomb threat services online and offered to frame people for the threats.

    https://thinkprogress.org/white-house-defends-silence-on-mosque-bombing-says-it-might-have-been-faked-by-liberals/

    Your peeps got their own take on things, Patrick.
    Even as they decry the silence for three whole days (you did this too) it’s interesting they seem to be defending the WH statement, huh.

    laugh

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