DOJ opened a criminal probe into whether Bolton unlawfully disclosed classified info in his memoir on his time as Trump's national security adviser. @NSAGov Director Nakasone warned of just that, saying it would damage US signals intelligence collection. bit.ly/35HexKq
.@NSAGov Director Nakasone on Bolton: “I ... have identified classified [info] in that portion of the manuscript ... Compromise of this [info] could result in the permanent loss of a valuable SIGINT source & cause irreparable damage to the U.S. SIGINT" bit.ly/3iBWOrE
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Bolton manuscript, in June: “The type of classified information in these passages is the type of information that foreign adversaries of the United States seek to obtain, at great cost, through covert intelligence collection”

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