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U.S. Intelligence Chief Tells Trump He’s Dismayed by Leaks

By Justin Sink, Bloomberg:

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he has told Donald Trump that the leak of a classified report that details unsubstantiated claims that Russia has compiled damaging information on the president-elect probably didn’t come from U.S. spy agencies.

Clapper said in a statement he talked to Trump Wednesday following a press conference where Trump suggested that the intelligence community may have released an unverified dossier detailing compromising allegations about his personal and financial life in retribution for recent criticism and skepticism he’s levied toward the spy agencies.

“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,” Clapper said.

The dossier came to light after U.S. intelligence officials provided Trump and President Barack Obama with a summary of the material as an annex to a briefing on Russian government attempts to meddle in the U.S. presidential election by hacking Democratic Party computers and leaking internal e-mails.

Trump rejected the reports as false, and said Clapper did as well during their phone call…

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