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America's Leaker-in-chief: Trump and Russia

| May 19, 2017

The US president's carelessness could end up damaging America's relationships with its security partners

As an intelligence historian working in the Applied History Project at Harvard Kennedy's School of Government, I study ways that history can inform present government intelligence and national security policies. One of the issues my colleagues and I are grappling with is the extent to which history remains relevant when something happens so dramatic, and damaging, that it fundamentally breaks with the past. I would look at this the other way round: during world-shaking crises, it is more important than ever to look to history, as past similarities and differences can help us better understand them. Events last week in Donald Trump's White House have tested this theory to the extreme: they are without precedent in US history....

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For Academic Citation: Walton, Calder.“America's Leaker-in-chief: Trump and Russia.” Prospect, May 19, 2017.