In a surreal moment, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s feed went dead moments after being asked about leaking classified information on CNN.
Per WashingtonExaminer, CNN host John Berman pressed Clapper on the issue Thursday morning, a day after a declassified memo containing a list of Obama administration officials who received information in response to “unmasking” requests pertaining to retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, was made public. Clapper was on the list, which has generated renewed interest in the mystery of who leaked classified details about Flynn’s conversations with a Russian ambassador to the Washington Post in early 2017.
“Asking for names, nothing wrong with that, unmasking in of itself, nothing wrong with that,” Berman said. “Leaking classified information, and by definition, these phone calls were classified, that’s a problem, correct?”
Clapper, who is now a CNN security analyst, responded that it was “absolutely” a problem for the conversations to be leaked. Before he could answer further, Clapper’s image froze, and soon, his half of the split screen went dark.
Watch: Clapper just conceded on CNN that “No, I did not” find evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. Then, after being asked about leaking to the press, his video connection went dead… pic.twitter.com/Ab13DVFVQa
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