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Real issue in Pentagon leak is not access but reliance on personal trust

CERL Executive Board Emeritus James Clapper joined CNN to discuss what we know about the 21-year-old Pentagon leak suspect and how these egregious violations can be prevented. According to Director Clapper,

The real issue here is not tightening up admin procedures but rather the reliance on the fact that the whole system is built on personal trust. And we’ve had egregious violations of that personal trust in the past. We have one now. And regrettably, we’re going to have them in the future, because the weak link, or the strong link, depending on your point of view in all this, are people. It’s very difficult to build the perfect mousetrap to ensure that people don’t change their minds about things, or change their philosophy, over time.

Lt. Gen. Clapper (ret.) is an emeritus member of the CERL Executive Board. He served from 2010 – 2017 as the Director of National Intelligence. In that position, he led the United States intelligence community and served as the principal intelligence advisor to the President. Previously, Clapper served in two administrations as the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, where he was the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on intelligence, counterintelligence, and security matters for the Department. In this capacity, he was also dual-hatted as the Director of Defense Intelligence for DNI. Read his bio here.

Watch the full interview below.

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