White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, recently scoured his aides' cell phones to make sure they weren't leaking information to reporters. Spicer called staff into his office last week to reiterate his frustration with recent leaks, and informed them that the use of encrypted texting apps was a violation of the Federal Records Act.
Spicer went to far as to ask his staff to show him their cell phones so he could ensure they weren't corresponding privately with reporters.
Frankly, this is well within his purview. Leaks may have become acceptable in administrations past, with many Americans believing it is just part of the political world, but the leaking of classified information - and privileged conversation - is most often not only illegal, but damaging to the country.
Since the mainstreaming of the issue of government leaking as portrayed in All the President's Men, the act of betraying a trust has been romanticized and, therefore, accepted. But the betrayal of trust is just that: a betrayal of trust. It is an offense that should cost the leaker his/her job. And let's remember that employees of any presidential administration serve at the pleasure of the President.
Imagine if information would have been so freely leaked during World War II. Roosevelt would have had the leakers brought up on treason charges and executed. Today, the media runs interference for them.