‘Dissident Elements’ in Bureaucracy Causing WH Leaks

Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton on media leaks at the White House:

“The leaks are a serious problem. I think they come from dissident elements within the bureaucracy.”

“There is obviously a lot of opposition to what is perceived to be a number of Trump administration policies. There’s no way to overcome those leaks without getting firm control of all the bureaucracies in question.”

“It’s going to be a serious problem until you overcome it by performance, and if you can’t do that, then you simply restrict the number of people you talk to.”

“It’s self-defeating for State or any other bureaucracy to engage in this kind of leak because they marginalize themselves.”

“For the last eight years under Obama [our adversaries] saw weakness. If that’s replaced even with a strong president by failure of operationalizing his policies, they will certainly take advantage of it.”


Ambassador John Bolton, a diplomat and a lawyer, has spent many years in public service. He served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2005-2006. He was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from 2001 to 2005. In the Reagan Administration, he was an Assistant Attorney General.