Bill Gertz, Inside the Ring, Washington Times
Secretary of State John F. Kerry could be in hot water for private remarks he made recently that set off alarm bells among U.S. intelligence officials concerned he improperly disclosed classified electronic intelligence-gathering information, or signals intelligence — dubbed SIGINT by spies.
Mr. Kerry spoke Friday before a meeting of the Trilateral Commission, an elite group of private sector business leaders and former government officials. He revealed that the U.S. had obtained electronic intelligence indicating Moscow’s role in fomenting anti-government activity in eastern Ukraine. …
The Daily Beast quoted Mr. Kerry in a report Tuesday as telling the group “intel is producing taped conversations of intelligence operatives taking their orders from Moscow, and everybody can tell the difference in the accents, in the idioms, in the language. We know exactly who’s giving those orders, we know where they are coming from.”
The comments make clear that military communications were intercepted. Such intelligence is normally highly classified. …Asked if an investigation of Mr. Kerry’s remarks is underway, Shawn Turner, spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said: “Not to my knowledge.”
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