Sean Spicer
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This is hilarious: Sean Spicer’s attempt to target his own staff over leaks to the press has itself been, well, leaked to the press..

The Trump White House has been persistently attacking press leaks since well before the inauguration. And it’s true: the leaks have been pouring out fast and furious. Trump has gone to war with the FBI itself on Twitter, as the Administration blames various parts of the deep state for embarrassing him publicly, especially over matters relating to Russia. At CPAC Trump took issue with the very idea of anonymous sources, even as the the Trump White House itself insisted on going on background to the press that very morning.

But what many reporters have been at pains to note is that while some leaks are coming from civil servants with no particular political loyalty to Trump, many of the leaks are coming from within the White House itself by staffers who have axes to grind against intramural rivals.

Predictably, Team Trump has been trying to smoke out the leakers. Which is fine under normal circumstances when most people are on the same page but there are one or two holes that need plugging.

But the Trump White House is by all accounts a backstabbing pit of anarchic misery, a dystopian cross between House of Cards, Game of Thrones and Lord of the Flies. In that environment, a crackdown on leaks is only likelier to increase, rather than decrease, the number of discontents shedding details to the press.

So it should come as no surprise that they very attempt to sniff out leakers within has itself been leaked to the press.  These people have no idea what they’re doing.

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