Hello, and welcome back to The Best & The Brightest. I was away last week for a trip to Provence with friends and family, but, believe me, I was pining for you, my readers, the entire time.
Looks like I’m back just in time for the crazy story that broke over the holiday weekend: a massive leak of American intelligence documents, the likes of which hasn’t been seen, arguably, since the days of Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden. In tonight’s edition, my conversation with Senate Intelligence chair Mark Warner about all that and more.
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Over the holiday weekend, The New York Times reported that a tranche of highly sensitive U.S. intelligence documents had been leaked. Photographs of the folded-up pages—many of them from classified briefings for the Joint Chiefs—began popping up on Telegram and Twitter. Upon further investigation, it turned out that some of these images had appeared even earlier, as far back as January, on gaming sites dedicated to Fortnite and fringe message boards like 4chan.
The documents themselves are proving to be a nightmare not just for the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community, but for America’s friends and allies. They’ve revealed some of our most tightly-held secrets about how...