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Gingrich: Russian Leaks 'Total Mess;' Trump Right to Be Mad

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By    |   Friday, 06 Jan 2017 12:07 PM

President-elect Donald Trump ought to be both skeptical and "frankly pretty angry" over portions of an intelligence report being leaked before will see the information for himself, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, one of Trump's senior advisors, said Friday.

"It is a total mess and people should be embarrassed about it," the former speaker told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" anchor Bill Hemmer when asked about whether Thursday's hearing before the Senate's Armed Services Committee should have been made public.

"It's a sign of how far our understanding of intelligence operations has declined."

The United States used to run "truly secret" intelligence operations, including ones in World War II where only eight members of Congress knew about it, Gingrich said, noting he was one of the eight while he was still House speaker.

"Now the whole thing is a circus," Gingrich said. "Out in public, it's all part of WikiLeaks and all part of whatever the latest news media thing is."

Gingrich said he considers it a "scandal" that NBC News was able to get part of the intelligence community's information before Trump was being briefed on Friday, and he wants to know who leaked it.

"Why would you trust an agency which is giving a news organization the report before the president-elect?" Gingrich said.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama applied sanctions and expelled some 35 Russian diplomatic personnel a week before official reports were released, Gingrich said.

"What the hell is going on here?" the former House speaker asked. "To what degree is this a political charade to allow Democrats to blame the Russians rather than Hillary [Clinton] for her defeat?"

Gingrich said he also wants to know why nothing was done about Russian hacking a year ago, when reports started coming out, rather than waiting until the "very last minute at the end of the Obama administration.

"There are profoundly wrong things going on," Gingrich said, complaining about there being an "abuse of the system" by the way reports of hacking were handled, even though he does consider director of National Intelligence James Clapper a "great patriot and a decent human being."

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Russians were celebrating Trump's win, but Gingrich said Russia did not like any of the candidates.

"They despised Hillary, they despised President [Barack] Obama," Gingrich said. "They feel deeply insulted by Obama over and over again. There is no love lost there. So they may have been happy that people who they regard as their deep opponents are going to be out of the White House."

But Trump has openly talked about strengthening the nation's nuclear arsenal, said Gingrich, and has spoken of taking a series of steps to build up the U.S. military.

"Putin has acknowledged publicly recently we'll be the most powerful nation in the world, so I think it's not exactly like they think Trump will be good for them," Gingrich said. "They were so angry at Obama and they were so disgusted with Clinton that I think they regard this as a better outcome for a rational relationship"

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President-elect Donald Trump ought to be both skeptical and "frankly pretty angry" over portions of an intelligence report being leaked before will see the information for himself, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, one of Trump's senior advisors, said Friday.
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