One of former President Barack Hussein Obama’s top administration officials thinks it’s permissible to “compromise some kind of source or method” in order to notch a win for “democracy.”
According to Evelyn Farkas, former Defense Department official for the Obama administration, she knows America must preserve it’s sources and methods, but, she says, “At some point you know, sometimes maybe you have to actually compromise some kind of source or method if it comes down to saving American democracy.”
Speaking last Thursday at the Aspen Institute’s Security Forum, Farkas was representing the U.S. intelligence community as part of a panel discussion aimed looking at that community’s role in the Russian interference saga.
During the discussion, titled, “Active Measures: The Kremlin Plan to Beat the West without Firing a Shot,” Farkas said, “The intelligence community needs to get better at sharing information with the public and with our partners and allies. Declassifying things that we need urgently.”
She said regarding some reports, “it’s not how the report looks” or what it contains, “it’s the message.”
“I think the Intelligence Community needs to do a better job providing more information and declassifying,” Farkas said.
Farkas was specifically referencing a January 6, 2017 U.S. Intelligence Community report, in which Russian interference in the presidential race was alleged.
In March, Farkas admitted she’d been “urging my former colleagues and, frankly speaking, the people on the Hill….’Get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves the administration’.”
She said at the time that she feared “somehow that information would disappear” when Obama’s people left.
“So it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy … that the Trump folks – if they found out how we knew what we knew about their … the Trump staff dealing with Russians – that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence,” Farkas said at the time.
Farkas also admitted that she had “no intelligence whatsoever” and “didn’t give anything but advice,” according to interviews she gave The Daily Caller and The Washington Post.
As reported by The Post, Farkas left her government job in October 2015, and according to her she was “just watching like anybody else, like a regular spectator.”
A Senate committee report recently revealed that President Trump’s administration has faced almost seven times the number of leaks than former administrations.
With the constant drip of information leaked to the media from the Trump White House, new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has vowed to stop the practice. “I will take dramatic action to stop those leaks,” Scaramucci stated on “Fox News Sunday.”
Farkas’s remarks at the Forum can be seen below. The above-referenced statements start at the 50:15 mark in the video.
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