‘Within minutes’ Congress leaked classified info, forcing end to election intel, Ratcliffe tells Fox News
irector of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe defended his decision to scale back in-person election security briefings to Congress in favor of written reports and accused members of Congress of leaking information “within minutes” of briefings.
Ratcliffe told “Sunday Morning Futures” he had been going above and beyond in briefing “not just the oversight committees but every member of Congress” but will no longer do so.
“Within minutes of one of those briefings ending, a number of members of Congress went to a number of different outlets and leaked classified information for political purposes,” Ratcliffe told host Maria Bartiromo. “To create a narrative that simply isn’t true, that somehow Russia is a greater national security threat than China.”
“I don’t mean to minimize Russia. They are a serious national security threat, but day in, day out, the threats that we face from China are significantly greater,” Ratcliffe said. “Anyone who says otherwise is just politicizing intelligence for their own narrative.”
On Friday, Ratcliffe told lawmakers that his office “will primarily meet its obligation to keep Congress fully and currently informed leading into the Presidential election through written finished intelligence products.” He wrote that it would better protect sources and methods while ensuring that it reflects “the highest analytic standards.”
By Evie Fordham