CERL Executive Board Emeritus James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence until 2017, joined BBC Newshour to discuss why and how at least 50 classified documents bearing classified markings were leaked online. According to Director Clapper,
Any sort of breach is bad, and we still don’t know the full extent of it. This is a very odd, unusual, if not bizarre, case of the way in which this breach was discovered. [It will be] very interesting to find out what access this young Air Guardsman had and why.
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.