Former CIA Chief of Staff Daniel Hoffman said Wednesday that government leaks "have committed grave misconduct against our national security" following a disputed CNN story that claims the CIA should have extracted a spy from Russia in part based on fears about President Trump's conduct of classified information.
Hoffman, an associate at Fox News serving in Moscow, Pakistan and Iraq, told the Brian Kilmeid Show that he was dealing with specific issues with unnamed officials who spoke anonymously to the media about spying.  The CNN report cites "a number of Trump administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.
"I do not know how those people who gave up this information; frankly, they should be more than just ashamed. They really committed a grave crime against our national security, "Hoffman said.
The CIA shook what it called" false "and" simply false "reporting to CNN on Monday, after cable national security chief Jim Scoot authored in a piece filled with holes, claiming that the CIA had pulled a high-level spy from Russia, as Trump "repeatedly mismanaged classified intelligence and could have contributed to the discovery of a hidden source as a spy."
CIA rebuke came after The New York Times published a piece toe late in the evening, which largely contradicts the reporting of CNN. According to the Times, CIA officials "made the difficult decision at the end of 201
Concerns over media coverage of Russian interference in the election were at the heart of this decision Times, which described the source as "the best view of the US government of thinking and orders" from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Hoffman noted the grave danger that CIA assets face in the world, especially those "behind enemy lines" in places like Russia. He stressed that Putin was "ruthless" about suspected spies, noting Sergei Skripal's poisoning in the United Kingdom.
"Putin does not want his own people to think that if they spy on Russia, they could be conveniently resettled in the UK – as we saw in the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal – or in the US," SA id.
Gregg Re contributed to this report.