The Washington Post

A little light reading

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The Post has had many articles about former president Donald Trump’s cache of secret papers. Readers might have wondered why he kept these documents. But the Aug. 27 front-page article “Affidavit details search’s origins” included the best answer from former Trump administra­tion official Kash Patel. The article reported that “Patel claimed in an interview . . . that Trump had declassifi­ed sets of material before leaving the White House that he ‘ thought the American public should have the right to read themselves.’ ”

So, the former president thought “the American public should have the right to read” reports on spies and secret informers, and on how the United States’ intercepti­on of foreign leaders’ secret messages worked. Isn’t that what Mr. Patel said? That would be exciting, if we could keep it just to ourselves.

Edward Stern, Bethesda

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