WASHINGTON, DC — American federal employees who disclose sensitive or classified national security information to the media without authorization are guilty of a “treasonous” act, warns National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, as the Trump administration grapples with an unprecedented wave of national security leaks that have surfaced since he took office.

During a Tuesday event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to mark the 70th anniversary of the National Security Council, McMaster also noted that government employees must strike a balance between transparency — the American people’s right to know — and protecting national security information secrets to ensure the safety of the United States.

McMaster told the CSIS audience:

The real dilemma is that the more people you can bring in, the more expertise you can bring in, and bring to bear on a problem, the better because it gives you different perspectives, it allows you to understand better the tools that you can bring to bear to help solve problems. But in recent years in particular, the problem with leaks has become a real challenge to national…

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