Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe released a statement condemning media reports about a Russian unit that allegedly put bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and said the reports ruined an ongoing investigation.
President Donald Trump tweeted out Ratcliffe’s statement Tuesday morning, in which the DNI reiterated that leaking classified intelligence is a crime.
“U.S. and coalition force protection is a critical priority for both the President and the intelligence community,” Ratcliffe wrote. “The selective leaking of any classified information disrupts the vital intelligence work to collect, assess, and mitigate threats and places our forces at risk. It is also, simply put, a crime.” (RELATED: US Has Reduced Military Presence In Afghanistan By 2,000 Troops Despite No Peace Deal)
“We are still investigating the alleged intelligence referenced in recent media reporting and we will brief the President and Congressional leaders at the appropriate time. This is the analytic process working the way it should,” the statement continued. “Unfortunately, unauthorized disclosures now jeopardize our ability to ever find out the full story with respect to these allegations.”
DNI Ratcliffe issues statement on impact of unauthorized disclosures on force protection pic.twitter.com/Pr7PbWk443
— Office of the DNI