"In the half century since the events depicted in Stephen Spielberg's latest film, The Post, the American public has grown increasingly accustomed to the revelation of national security secrets. Leaks seem commonplace and leakers lauded as heroes exposing government abuses," writes INSA senior intelligence adviser Charlie Allen in a February 12, 2018, op-ed published by Defense One.
"Last summer, Attorney General Jeff Sessions decried what he called a 'culture of leaking.' But unauthorized disclosures of classified information have significant repercussions. Leaks endanger foreigners who provide information to the United States and dissuade others from providing such assistance. Exposing intelligence collection capabilities, developed at significant taxpayer cost, diminishes the government’s ability to anticipate and neutralize threats.
We marginalize these consequences when we celebrate leakers or associate leaking with heroic action. The national security community must begin the conversation about how to combat this notion – or risk emboldening the leakers yet to come."Read More at Defense One