Purge: Trump Prepares Major Overhaul of Intelligence Apparatus

He also said that the reports which are saying that his advisors were in constant communication with Russians known to US intelligence, are an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign.

"Leaks need to be investigated, but those investigations should be conducted in a manner that is not disparaging of our dedicated [intelligence community] professionals, nor destructive to the entire community", Clapper said in a statement Thursday, according to CNN.

"Rintrospective in response to the information being made public, Trump has lashed out at the media, blaming it for leaking the information "illegally" as a "[coverup] for a awful loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton".

The Trump White House has been embroiled in an intelligence controversy since Gen. Michael Flynn was asked to resign from his position as the president's National Security Advisor.

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On Wednesday, former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler provided some insight into the reaction of national security officials.

Schindler had written on Sunday that there was an increasing concern within the intelligence community over information security and the extent of the administration's ties to Russian Federation.

'Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years, ' the president wrote.

The tweets says the following: "now we go nuclear".

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Previous reports have suggested that Trump's team is weighing a structural overhaul of some intelligence agencies. IC [intelligence community] war going to new levels. Trump is in a heated battle with the U.S. intelligence community, which has unleashed an unprecedented flood of leaks about ties between his administration and the Kremlin. Just got an [email from] senior [intelligence community] friend... "They will be caught!"

A spokesman for the Office of Director of National Intelligence said: "Any suggestion that the USA intelligence community is withholding information and not providing the best possible intelligence to the president and his national security team is not true".

The New York Times on Wednesday reported that the White House is working out the details of such a review, to be headed by Feinberg.

The New York Times reported today that Mr Trump was considering appointing Stephen Feinberg, an Trump ally and financier, to lead a review of intelligence agencies that could substantially limit their independence.

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