Dana Perino, former press secretary for President George W. Bush, weighed in on the flood of leaks coming from the White House on Monday night. She shared four rules on Twitter for dealing with unauthorized leaks.
Leaks bedeviled the Trump administration in its first month, with staffers chatting on background on topics from presidential appointments to efforts to stop the leaks.
President Donald Trump has blasted the press for publishing the leaked information and citing anonymous sources Last week at CPAC, Trump claimed the press makes up anonymous sources and said, "[The press] shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name. Let their name be put out there."
Perino’s first rule: Figuring out the identity of the leaker.
Dana's rule on leaks: whoever first complains about the leak is most often the leaker. #trustme— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) February 27, 2017
Twitter users asked Perino if she meant Press Secretary Sean Spicer is behind the leaks. She replied, "of course not," and directed them to her next rule.
Also: press office is LEAST likely to leak. Because it always has to mop up the leak. The complaints are TO the press office.— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) February 27, 2017
Spicer called a meeting of his communications staff last week after learning information from a previous meeting had leaked to the press, according to Politico. He reportedly asked them to turn over their smartphones so they could be checked for apps that help anonymous sourcing.
Third rule? Most leakers think they're being helpful in some way to whatever their cause/purpose. Difficult but not impossible to stop. https://t.co/TuDkwa9q0t— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) February 28, 2017
Perino’s final rule is something communications professionals are used to hearing: be prepared for anything to leak.
Final rule: I always assumed everything would leak. I lived in a constant state of prepared paranoia. Often sleepless, rarely surprised! ??— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) February 28, 2017