An article at Politico reporting on White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s attempts to shut down leaks from his staff demonstrates that White House Press Office has a mole infestation.
The article’s author, Politico White House reporter Annie Karni, first relays that secretary Spicer called an unscheduled meeting to clamp down on the leaker(s):
Upon entering Spicer’s second floor office, staffers were told to dump their phones on a table for a “phone check,” to prove they had nothing to hide.
Spicer, who consulted with White House counsel Don McGahn before calling the meeting, was accompanied by White House lawyers in the room, according to multiple sources. There, he explicitly warned staffers that using texting apps like Confide — an encrypted and screenshot-protected messaging app that automatically deletes texts after they are sent — and Signal, another encrypted messaging system, was a violation of the Federal Records Act…
By itself, it might appear as though Sean has gone off the rails paranoid, except that the press secretary explicitly told everyone in the room that the conversations and happenings in that meeting were not to be made public.
Spicer also warned the group of more problems if news of the phone checks and the meeting about leaks was leaked to the media.
It is possible, but not probable due to the high likelihood of disbarment, that it was one of the White House lawyers that leaked the meeting.
A more plausible explanation is that multiple members of the White House Press Office are moles for the liberal mainstream media.
What suggests that there is more than one mole in the WHPO? (emphasis mine)
There, he [Sean Spicer] explicitly warned staffers that using texting apps like Confide — an encrypted and screenshot-protected messaging app that automatically deletes texts after they are sent — and Signal, another encrypted messaging system, was a violation of the Federal Records Act, according to multiple sources in the room.
Either this meeting was leaked to Karni on orders from Spicer to perhaps show that the administration is doing something about all these leaks or, far more likely, the White House Press Office has a varmint problem.
It’s not the first time that warnings about leaks have promptly leaked. The State Department’s legal office issued a four-page memo warning of the dangers of leaks — that memo was immediately posted by the Washington Post.
Secretary Spicer has his work cut out for him and there are likely to be several job openings in his office … shortly.