FIVE MYTHS ABOUT THE DEEP STATE

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK -

No, it doesn’t evade over­sight, and it doesn’t leak gra­tu­itously.

The pres­i­dent has com­plained a num­ber of times about those per­fid­i­ous spies and their dan­ger­ous se­crets, say­ing they have il­le­gally dis­closed clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion to the press. And yes, peo­ple with se­cu­rity clear­ances oc­ca­sion­ally leak clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion to the me­dia. Be­fore Water­gate, leaks of­ten served as a gen­uine check on un­con­strained ex­ec­u­tive power.

But nowa­days, the deep state seems to be the source of fewer leaks of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion than po­lit­i­cal of­fice­hold­ers and their staffs. The knowl­edge we have about the in­ner work­ings of Trump’s White House ap­pears to be com­ing from his own top aides. We have no way of know­ing whether the of­fi­cials who told re­porters that Trump was keep­ing in­for­ma­tion about Flynn’s con­tacts with Rus­sian Am­bas­sador Sergey Kislyak from his vice pres­i­dent came largely from Trump’s own team. But given how tightly held that in­for­ma­tion was, at least some of them had to be close to the pres­i­dent.

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