The U.S. government is setting up surveillance on a number of journalists in an effort to find the source of leaked information, according to a report by John Crudele in The New York Post.
Crudele cites a source in Washington saying the Justice Department has obtained a warrant from the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to conduct electronic surveillance on certain journalists who have received leaked information.
“The journalists are not the target, according to my source — and I say, thank goodness for that. Instead, the Trump administration is looking for the leaker. Who could it be?” Crudele writes. “Some in the administration are focusing on a retired, high-ranking military officer who held important posts in the intelligence service, according to the source.”
Crudele adds: “The possibly high-ranking leaker was getting some of his information from people inside the White House who were holdovers from the Obama administration, the source said.”
The cases have reportedly been handed over to the Justice Department for possible prosecution.