The final report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's study of Russian interference in the 2016 election is in the hands of Registrar William Barr, who may or may not choose to release the documents to the public. A national security expert said Saturday that it does not matter whether the Justice Department publishes the report because eventually someone will leak it.
. Saturday morning at MSNBCs AM Joy acknowledged national security expert Malcolm Nance while Barr could try to keep the whole document back from public view in order to protect the White House, it would probably be a pointless endeavor.
"Bill Barr is a guy," Nance, a former naval intelligence officer, pointed out hosting Joy Reid. "There are secretaries, there are people who have to handle these documents. There are FBI agents who did it themselves. I don't think there is room for a cover-up. Why, why is the biggest scandal in US history covering the biggest scandal in US history?
"A lawyer-general is trying to construct it," continued Nance, "I don't think that's going to happen, because if they do, you can only see examples of this thing, falling out of the pallet key in front of Washington Post . "
Reid referred to the infamous" Pentagon Papers "nickname for a classified defense ministry's document on US military actions in Vietnam, which was leaked by Daniel Ellsberg, a researcher who had worked on the Third-Party Contractor Report RAND in 1971.
Similarly, the National Security Agency failed to prevent entrepreneur Edward Snowden from leaking a trove of documents related to tools and methods used by the NSA for surveillance across the globe.
Perhaps the most famous instance of a Washington insider was leaking material for the media, Mark Felt, bite is known as "Deep Throat", which gave Washington Post journalists with vital information about the Nixon administration, which ultimately led to Nixon's departure in 1974.