DHS Sec. Kelly Says Intelligence Leaks on Manchester Bombing Are ‘Darn Close to Treason’

Last week, following the horrific suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester, England, the United Kingdom expressed outrage over leaks to the press of intelligence that had been gathered at the scene. The British government blamed the leaks on the United States and for a brief moment halted the sharing of information with American intelligence agencies.

Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly had some harsh words for those responsible for leaking the info to the media.

Speaking to host Chuck Todd, Kelly said that if the leaks came from the United States, it is “totally unacceptable.” But he wasn’t finished there, stating that it was “borderline, if not over the line of treason.”

“You believe it is treason — to leak some of this stuff — you believe that is treason,” Todd said.

“I do believe it is,” Kelly responded. “I believe when you leak the kind of information that seems to be routinely leaked — the high, high level of classification.”

When pressed again by the MTP host on whether this could be classified as treason, the DHS chief once more said he believed that was the case.

“I think it is darn close to treason,” he noted.

Watch the clip above, via NBC News.

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