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James Clapper Tells Trump: Salacious Dossier Wasn’t Created or Leaked by Intelligence Community

Jeff Dunetz
Written by Jeff Dunetz

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he spoke to President-Elect Trump this evening to assure him that the 32-page salacious dossier leaked to Buzzfeed wasn’t produced any of the intelligence agencies, he expressed profound dismay over the leaks and assured the President-elect they didn’t come from the intelligence community. James Clapper added that they haven’t made any judgements about the document, nor was it used in creating the Russian hacking report president to both Trump and Obama last week.

Clapper described the conversation in this press release:

This evening, I had the opportunity to speak with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss recent media reports about our briefing last Friday. I expressed my profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press, and we both agreed that they are extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security.

We also discussed the private security company document, which was widely circulated in recent months among the media, members of Congress and Congressional staff even before the IC became aware of it. I emphasized that this document is not a U.S. Intelligence Community product and that I do not believe the leaks came from within the IC. The IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions. However, part of our obligation is to ensure that policymakers are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect nat…

Read the rest of the story at Jeff Dunetz’s blog The Lid

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Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff is a Journalist, Blogger and one of the rare Jewish conservatives in a sea of north east liberal Jews (Thanksgiving dinner is a real pip). Jeff was honored with the 2014 Not For Profit Blogger of the Year award by the National Blogger's Club, is editor/publisher of The Lid (, contributing reporter at and Political Columnist for the newspaper, The Jewish Star.

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