Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

Trump to launch major review of spy agencies amid 'illegal' leaks

Trump to launch major review of spy agencies amid 'illegal' leaks

But the WSJ's sources claim that the USA intelligence community continues to maintain that Trump won the election with the help of Russian interference and that his administration is compromised by his relationship with the country.

And while calls have grown for an independent investigation into potential collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump camp, the president has focused his wrath on the "low-life leakers", as he wrote on Twitter early Thursday, vowing: "They will be caught!"

The move comes after Trump lashed out at USA intelligence agencies, who he believes leaked sensitive information to Washington reporters.

Trump this week blasted the nation's intelligence community over leaked phone conversations former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had with a Russian ambassador over U.S. sanctions.

'I think it's very, very unfair what happened to General Flynn, the way he was treated, ' he declared during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 'and the documents and papers that were illegally - I'd stress that - illegally leaked'. It's a criminal action - criminal act - and it's been going on for a long time before me.

Flynn's resignation, according to pro-Trump analysts, was due to leaks engineered by Obama loyalists within the intelligence community and related federal agencies.

"Either way, Mr. Trump's presidential flip-flop follows a landmark month for Washington leaks".

The tweets says the following: "now we go nuclear".

This followed reports that U.S. agencies had intercepted phone calls previous year between Russian intelligence officials and his 2016 campaign team. IC [intelligence community] war going to new levels. Just got an [email from] senior [intelligence community] friend, it began: 'He will die in jail.'"US intelligence is not the problem here", Schindler added in another tweet".

Although the Journal cites unnamed officials as its sources, the White House told the publication that "there is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening".

In some of these cases of withheld information, officials have decided not to show Mr. Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former officials said.

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