On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed that US intelligence routinely intercepts communications with Russia's ambassador.
This fact only came to light in the wake of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn's resignation as National Security Advisor.
Foreign Minister Lavrov told the Russian press that, "in connection with the scandal that was built up around Trump’s adviser, General Flynn, US intelligence services told journalists absolutely officially, though anonymously – that our ambassador’s [Sergey Kislyak] communications are routinely tapped.”
One cannot fail to see the hypocrisy here: Democrats rant and rave over Russia meddling in American affairs, and yet the Obama administration was literally meddling in Russian government communications.
It is also clear the danger of intelligence leaks to the public, especially in the Flynn case, where classified information was leaked from within the Trump administration.
Now, the Russians are acutely aware of just how much survelliance they are really under, which one could argue is a complete collapse of secrecy and the antithesis of espionage.
In an interview with "The Daily Caller," Gen. Flynn made his own opinion on the leak clear:
“In some of these cases, you’re talking about stuff that’s taken off of a classified system and given to a reporter. That’s a crime. You call them leaks. It’s a criminal act. This is a crime. It’s not just a wink and a nod,” he said.
House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz has requested that the Department of Justice launch an investigation into the leak of classified information following Flynn's resignation.
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