In a departure from normal practice, I comment upon an event unreported, as far as I can tell, in The Wall Street Journal. For me, some things transcend politics.
Maybe I missed it. Or maybe The Wall Street Journal didn’t see fit to print the leaked transcripts of President Trump’s post-inauguration phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.
What does it say that this story, blaring over the TV newswires, wasn’t printed? Does it say something about some organizations placing the Nation’s security above their own circulation numbers? Is that a control you can rely on? Apparently not from everyone.
Even if the paper had or did print something on this, what does the leak of those transcripts say about information governance? First, does the White House have adequate controls and culture in place? Clearly not. Maybe General Kelly can help with that.
But what about the person who signed an oath and nonetheless decided to leak these classified transcripts to the press, thinking little or nothing about the impact on future calls between world leaders? What’s their understanding of duty? Placing the Nation’s needs above those of party or self?
Hang ’em high.