Brennan on Classified Leaks: ‘They Are Appalling, They Need to Stop’

• July 9, 2017 11:23 am


Former CIA Director John Brennan slammed leaks coming out of the Trump administration on Sunday morning, saying ones revealing classified information "are appalling" and "need to stop."

Brennan, who served under President Barack Obama, appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" to discuss the leaks among other issues. A recent Senate report found that the current administration is hit with at least one national security leak every day, posing a serious threat to U.S. operations.

The source of the leaks remains unclear. President Donald Trump has accused Brennan himself of possibly being a leaker.

"Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd asked Brennan about the subject, saying, "first of all, how damaging are these leaks?"

"There's two different types of leaks," Brennan said. "One type is revealing very sensitive, classified information. They are appalling, they need to stop, they need to be investigated and people need to be held to account."

"Then there are also leaks about conversations and internal White House intrigue. That is something that I think the White House is going to have to get control of," he added. "But clearly, as you point out, I think there is a lot that is hemorrhaging out from this administration."