Remember the news about White House press secretary Sean Spicer checking the phones of his own staff in an effort to plug the White House leaks?
It’s worse than what was then reported.
Politico reports in light of the Trump administration’s fear of being surveilled — and resulting leaks — the White House has become a "hostile environment to work in.” Staffers are purportedly living in a constant fear of being spied on by their colleagues.
Almost a dozen anonymous White House sources and federal agency employees told Politico that they are fearful of political opponents and even the "deep state" of career military and intelligence officials trying to “undermine” President Donald Trump.
“People are scared,” a senior administration aide stated.
The paranoia is so intense that White house aides have started using encryption apps on their personal communication devices, which they “put in drawers” when they get home from work.
“One agency aide said he had become particularly circumspect in meetings and was taking additional steps to protect himself, such as keeping his office door closed during the day,” Politico added.
“I’m paranoid,” said a Trump associate. “Anything significant seems to be on the front page the next day.”
The obsession with leaks is not limited to the staffers, though. President Trump himself went as far as accusing former President Barack Obama of orchestrating the leaks, without providing any evidence whatsoever.
In fact, just this week, senior Trump adviser, Kellyanne Conway, made headlines for suggesting even microwaves can be used as spying tools.
“There are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately,” she had said. “There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways. And microwaves that turn into cameras, etc. So we know that that is just a fact of modern life.”
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