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NEW: Former Trump official confirms that WH started placing Trump call transcripts into NSC’s codeword system—effectively concealing them—sometime after Mexico, Australia transcript leaks in 2017.
Experts say doing that poses whole host of natsec risks. politico.com/story/2019/09/…
Storing a transcript on that system “would severely limit those personnel able to view it,” said one former NSC official. “The bottom line is that if the administration attempted to upload the transcript to that system it would have been to make it nearly impossible to share.”
No former officials we spoke to from previous administrations could recall seeing a transcript/records of a call like this placed in that system, which is specifically designed to protect highly sensitive compartmented intel matters including covert action programs.
ADDITIONALLY: Experts day it would be squarely within whistleblower’s rights to sound the alarm over a potential violation of the 2009 exec order governing classification. That in turn could be why the IC IG considered it to be within the intelligence community’s purview.
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