Michael Hayden

WikiLeaks. Cyberattacks. Hacking. Leaks from within the Intelligence Community.

Other than broader stories about the presidential campaign, the election, the inauguration, and the first 100 days of the Trump administration, no other topic has been in the news as much. Not even close.

So what's behind all the leaks? Former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden has a theory:


During an interview with the BBC, Hayden suggested that the “root cause” is Millennials — because they are “culturally different.”

“I don’t mean to judge them at all, but this group of millennials and related groups simply have different understandings of the words loyalty, secrecy and transparency than certainly my generation did.

And so we bring these folks into the agency, good Americans all, I can only assume, but again, culturally they have different instincts than the people who made the decision to hire them.”

As The Washington Post reported, Hayden deemed the “trove of apparent CIA documents” posted online by WikiLeaks earlier this month to be “incredibly damaging” and says they have “made my country and my country's friends less safe.”

Setting aside politics — President Trump's wiretapping allegations against former President Obama, and counter-charges by Democrats that Trump campaign officials colluded with the Russians — does the 71-year-old former CIA director have a point or a hunch?

While there is no clear answer, there are polls — which seem to be loved or hated, depending on one's political persuasion.

A 2014 Pew Research poll found Millennials are less likely to refer to themselves as “patriotic,” and they label themselves more “independent” and “less trusting of others” than previous generations.

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