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Leak of Trump's Phone Transcripts Far Worse Than Plamegate

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull from the Oval Office of the White House on January 28, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

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You may recall the huge 2003 Opposition Media-generated scandal regarding the “outing” or leaking of Valerie Plame’s employment at the CIA. Just the mention of her career status caused a special prosecutor to be appointed and put the OpMedia in the unusual position of hyping a leak of classified information that it published.

The high-profile investigation cum witch-hunt went on for weeks. You may wonder why an employment update on a desk officer generated such intense coverage. The reason is Plame was a leftist married to another higher-profile leftist and the leak was used to attack Republican President George Bush.

The Plame furor concerned an obscure functionary buried deep in the national security apparatus and had zero impact on the security of the United States, although to be truthful the leak opened up an entirely new, lucrative career option for her — public speaking.

The leak also provided months of employment for investigators and lawyers and reporters covering the investigation of this mouse-sized indiscretion.

Now compare that to the recent leaks of the entire transcripts of President Trump’s phone calls with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. The OpMedia first reported lying leaks regarding the conversations weeks ago. Then when the complete transcripts came out the OpMedia somehow neglected to report their earlier mistakes, in lieu of leaping on another opportunity to criticize President Trump.

What they did report was totally illegal, as former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Joe diGenova told Fox News, “The unauthorized release of these documents to the press is a crime. The series of acts involving release of notes of the president’s conversations with foreign leaders, and these transcripts, are a serious threat to national security.”

It will also put a serious crimp in U.S. intelligence efforts since what government or individual will take any risks to share information with a security setup that is so porous?

In comparison with this egregious breach of security the Plame scandal is what it should have been from the beginning, a sideshow.

This time it looks like the sluggish Justice Department may actually get moving and start investigating. There is precedent and I would strongly encourage the investigation to start by issuing a subpoena for the phone records of the editors and reporters at The Washington Post. The fact one is a self-important journalist doesn’t mean one has carte blanche to enter into a conspiracy with someone that would undermine the security of the U.S.

Just like the fence is liable for selling stolen goods, the journalist should be liable for printing stolen, classified information.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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