Way beyond parody

NYT 2019:

Trump’s order allowing Attorney General William P. Barr to declassify any intelligence that led to the Russia investigation sets up a potential confrontation with the C.I.A. It effectively strips the agency of its most critical power: choosing which secrets it shares and which ones remain hidden. Though the ultimate power to declassify documents rests with the president, Mr. Trump’s delegation of that power to Mr. Barr effectively stripped Mr. Coats and the C.I.A. of control of their secrets. The move could endanger the agencies’ ability to keep the identities of their sources secret. C.I.A. has been effective at intramural governmental fights, in large measure because its power comes from its information and its closely guarded secrets. By taking that power from the intelligence agencies, Mr. Trump and Mr. Barr may have weakened the C.I.A.

NYT 1971:

The Pentagon Papers was the name given to a top-secret Department of Defense study. Daniel Ellsberg — who had worked on the study — came to oppose the war, and decided that the information contained in the Pentagon Papers should be available to the American public. He photocopied the report and in March 1971 gave the copy to The New York Times, which then published a series of scathing articles. In preparing the study — which was labeled “Top Secret” — the analysts drew on classified material from the archives of the Department of Defense, State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Completed in 1969 and bound into 47 volumes, it contained 3,000 pages of narrative along with 4,000 pages of supporting documents. Beginning on June 13, 1971, the Times published a series of front-page articles based on the information contained in the Pentagon Papers.

Releasing classified information eh? – must be a cover-up. HT: PL

One Response to “Way beyond parody”

  1. feeblemind Says:

    re sets up a potential confrontation with the C.I.A. It effectively strips the agency of its most critical power: choosing which secrets it shares and which ones remain hidden.

    This is a lie.

    The POTUS has always had the authority to declassify anything he wants.

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