Trying to crack down on unmaskings and leaks coming from the cloak and dagger crowd has the truly impossible obstacle that the cloak and dagger crowd are really really good at creating physical levels of deniability. That’s what they do for a living, 24/7/365.
Reporters might not be prosecuted for reporting what they are told. We’re after the source, says Sessions. But what if there are physical levels of deniability, using a series of dead drops? This happens a million times a day. Too cloak and dagger for you?
Just as obstructionist as any dead drop that brings any investigation to a halt are the conflicts of interest that don’t let investigations go anywhere. I can think of any number of scenarios involving zero willingness to investigate anything whatsoever. Just weeks ago Jason Chaffetz resigned upon completion of his report on Fast and Furious.
But let’s take a case where the unmaskers and leakers are so desperate for self-promotion, are feeling so immortal and powerful that they couldn’t care less about physical levels of deniability, depending solely upon conflicts of interest to protect themselves. That would work well unless… unless… an unmasker of an unmasker had a number of avenues of recourse to remove the threats to national security (which threats simultaneously compromise the POTUS and which put individual lives at risk). And let’s say that those doing up an investigation know that about other levels of recourse which, however, leapfrog them because of their obstructionism. What are they to do?
Do the right thing.