The Reason Officials Think Biden’s Losing Public’s Trust
Members of the intelligence community are concerned that the Biden administration’s strategy of leaking Russian intel may have consequences, including losing the public’s trust in the long term.
“I am concerned about the long-term credibility of our intelligence with all of these select declassifications,” a former CIA officer said.
“If it turns out to be wrong, or partially wrong, it undermines how much our partners trust the info we give them, or, frankly, how much the public trusts it.”
Administration officials say the disclosures are carefully selected, and the goal is to, among other things, preemptively expose Russian “disinformation.”
“We believe […] that the best antidote to disinformation is information,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
Michael Hayden, a former director of both the CIA and the National Security Agency, said that being more forthcoming with intel is necessary for today’s modern age.
“It’s very different now — the Information Age is very important,” Hayden said.
But others say that the more intelligence that the White House releases, the more likely it is that Russian operatives can trace the sources and methods used to obtain it, thereby endangering American assets.
“How many freaking times do they need to warn that anything may be imminent?” a former National Security Council official asked.
“Next time we won’t know what the plans are because the Russians won’t use those channels they know we collect on.”