- - Tuesday, September 11, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

President Trump has called the anonymous op-ed recently published by The New York Times a security risk. Many TV talking heads have mocked this comment, but the president is right. The piece by a “senior government member of the Trump administration” shows the member’s disregard for the oath he took to be faithful to the U.S. Constitution, which designates the president chief executive. This individual’s cavalier attitude toward this obligation makes it imperative that the U.S. attorney general find out who he is, where he works and what clearances he holds. If he holds a top-secret clearance and has access to classified information, that information could be at risk in the event he takes a similar attitude toward his obligation to protect it.

We have seen the damage that can be done when a Bradley Manning or an Edward Snowden takes upon themselves the authority to release classified data. The attorney general should find out who “Anonymous” is — now.

DENNIS DOYLE

Woodbridge, Va.


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