Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Fox News ran a report yesterday on North Korea, which pointed to some provocative moves on the part of the U.S. adversary. Fox's report, which hasn't been independently verified, relied on leaks from unnamed U.S. officials, who apparently shared highly sensitive information with the network. These anonymous sources, Fox News said, had "knowledge of the latest intelligence in the region." All of this would ordinarily seem like a routine report, were it not for one thing: on Twitter this morning, Donald Trump retweeted Fox News' report without comment, highlighting the story for his 35 million followers -- and anyone else who happens to check his page.




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Because at face value, Trump seems to be confirming a report based on anonymous leaks of sensitive national security information. After all, the president receives daily intelligence briefings -- even during his 17-day vacation -- which would include the latest information on North Korea. Trump, in other words, would be in a position to know whether Kim Jong-un's regime really did load two anti-ship cruise missiles onto a patrol boat on the country's east coast just days ago.

By retweeting the report, Trump appears to be giving the report his stamp of approval -- since if the story were wrong, the president probably wouldn't be promoting it. The question for the White House is simple: why is the president using his social-media accounts to confirm reports based on leaks of sensitive intelligence?


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There is very little I'd put past the imbecile masquerading as POTUS these days. How in the holy hell can you have your top LE officials go on a rampage about leaking from within your own government and hours later the President himself retweets publicly-leaked intelligence information on his own Twitter account?

Trump's reign of idiocy becomes stranger and more potentially dangerous with each passing day.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-08-08 09:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 10

If Donald re-tweets what was leaked, have the leakers committed a crime?

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2017-08-08 09:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Extra points for figuring out a way to use the words 'Fox News', 'Trump', and 'intelligence' in the same sentence.

#3 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-08-08 10:21 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

#3 "The fans of FOX News and Trump have absolutely no intelligence"

How many theater boxes of Sno-caps do I win?

#4 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2017-08-08 10:26 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

Trump Promotes News Report Based on Anonymous Sources

Here's what the president retweeted:

U.S. spy satellites detect North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to patrol boat t.co
-- FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) August 8, 2017

Asked about the report Tuesday morning on Fox, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said she couldn't comment on classified information, but said, "if that's in the newspaper, that's a shame." ...

"I have this warning for would-be leakers: Don't do it!" Sessions said on Friday. ...

Trump has derided news organizations for using anonymous sources, saying those sources don't exist and even proposing that the use of such sources be barred. "They shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name," the president said during a speech in February to the Conservative Political Action Conference. "Let their name be put out there."

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-08-08 10:52 AM | Reply

So anonymous sources are OK now?

#6 | Posted by Lohocla at 2017-08-08 02:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So anonymous sources are OK now?

#6 | Posted by Lohocla

Since when were they NOT ok?

Anonymous sources have proven to be far more accurate about the trump white house than trump's mouth has.

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-08-09 11:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2



#8 | Posted by Lohocla at 2017-08-09 12:41 PM | Reply

Well isn't Session jumping all over this leak? Or did the WH leak it on purpose so Trump could twit about it?

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-08-09 12:49 PM | Reply

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