NYT Defends Publishing Details on Whistleblower

Sources say intelligence officer submitted concerns to CIA first
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2019 6:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Trump whistleblower took his concerns about the president's dealings with Ukraine to the CIA general counsel before deciding to file a formal complaint, reports the New York Times, which cites multiple sources. The sources say the whistleblower submitted an anonymous complaint to the general counsel, Courtney Simmons Elwood, within a week of President Trump's phone conversation with Ukraine's president, but decided the CIA wasn't taking the allegations seriously, especially after finding out numerous White House officials were in the loop (though the Times notes Elwood followed policy in bringing the allegations to White House and DOJ officials). The whistleblower, who is a male CIA officer, according to the Times, then submitted a complaint to the intelligence community's inspector general, a move that provided him with more legal protections. More:

  • Why the NYT published details. New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, responding to concerned readers, says the newspaper decided to publish "limited details" about the whistleblower because Trump and others have attacked his credibility and "we wanted to provide information to readers that allows them to make their own judgments about whether or not he is credible."
  • The timeline. Insiders have provided the AP with a timeline of how the information on the complaint made its way through the administration and the Justice Department.

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