Letters to the Editor

To leak or not to leak?

Recall the opening lines from Shakespeare’s play, “Hamlet,” Act III, Scene I:

“To leak, or not to leak: that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles.”

Of course that’s not exactly Shakespeare, circa 1623, but it surely could be Washington Post circa 2017.

The ink is barely dry on the appointment letter of Robert Mueller as special counsel and already The Washington Post, citing unidentified officials, is reporting leaked revelations that Donald Trump is now under investigation for obstruction of justice.

Jim Comey admittedly told President Trump three times in private that he wasn’t under investigation. He chose not to make it public. Apparently opposite news travels faster.

Up until about a week or so ago many would have thought that Mueller would be outraged by such a breach of trust and security and immediately set about to uncover the loose-lipped scoundrels in his midst.

After the disturbing revelation that Comey leaked when he thought it was right for the nation, it now seems more common place.

Shakespeare might offer some thoughtful for both Mueller and Comey as they move forward: “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

Bill Malec, O’Fallon