Brennan Continues to Stonewall on His Own Leaks

John Brennan has now been asked three times (four, presuming Richard Burr asked during the closed hearing, as he said he would) to list the specific times he has leaked to journalists. He has refused all the unclassified questions, as he does here in his supplemental questions.

Describe each specific instance in which you were authorized to disclosure classified information to a reporter or media consultant, including the identity of the individual authorizing each disclosure and the reason for each such disclosure.

In exceptional circumstances, when classified information appears to have already been leaked to the media, it may be necessary to acknowledge classified information to a member of the media or to declassify information for the very purpose of limiting damage to national security by protecting sources and methods or stemming the flow of additional classified information. Such conversations involve only the most senior Agency officials or their designees and must be handled according to any applicable regulations. I have on occasion spoken to members of the media who appeared to already have classified information, in an effort to limit damage to national security; however, even in those circumstances I did not disclosure classified information.

Burr wants a list. Brennan isn’t giving him one.

Noted.

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bmaz @Shteyngart @normative Garbage. Is absolutely nothing whatsoever new in that report; same position for over a year. This is a nothingburger
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emptywheel @BradMossEsq I said you were a cute little hack. Where's the disapproval? You play your role perfectly.
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emptywheel @BradMossEsq You are such a cute little hack, really you are.
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emptywheel @BradMossEsq Oh, right. You insinuated I held a belief I don't. I should start screaming about defamation. It's all the rage, now.
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emptywheel @BradMossEsq But I love the way your stated concern for keeping secrets secret has vanished. It is ... telling.
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emptywheel @BradMossEsq Once again, you are claiming I said something I didn't. At least you are consistent in your hackery.
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