VOT­ERS SEE LEAKS TO PRESS AN ACT OF TREA­SON

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

For weeks, Pres­i­dent Trump has con­demned per­sis­tent leaks of sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion to the press, adding cre­dence to the idea that a deep-seated “shadow govern­ment” has launched a coup against his ad­min­is­tra­tion. Mr. Trump is not alone in his dis­gust for the prac­tice. The pub­lic does not ap­prove of leak-happy cul­ture in the fed­eral govern­ment and else­where; the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans, in fact, equate the act with trea­son.

“When pol­i­tics is the name of the game, one man’s trea­son is an­other man’s ser­vice to the na­tion,” says a new Ras­mussen Re­ports sur­vey that finds that 53 per­cent of all likely vot­ers con­sider the leak­ing of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion to the news me­dia to be an act of trea­son. Thirty per­cent dis­agree, 18 per­cent are un­de­cided. And of course there is par­ti­san di­vide.

“While 73 per­cent of Repub­li­cans con­sider the leak­ing of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion which plagues the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion as trea­sonous, only half as many Democrats (36 per­cent) feel that way. Vot­ers not af­fil­i­ated with ei­ther ma­jor party agree by a 50 per­cent to 27 per­cent mar­gin that the leaks are an act of trea­son,” the poll anal­y­sis noted.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Vot­ers ap­pear to agree with Pres­i­dent Trump that leaks of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion to the press is an act of trea­son.

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