NSA General Counsel Michael Ellis Placed on Administrative Leave

National Security Agency (NSA) General Counsel Michael Ellis reportedly was placed on administrative leave due to his recent appointment being under investigation by the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General.

National Security Agency (NSA) General Counsel Michael Ellis reportedly was placed on administrative leave due to his recent appointment being under investigation by the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General.

A source familiar on the matter told CBS News that Ellis was put on administrative leave after being appointed as the NSA General Counsel last Jan. 19, a day before President Joe Biden’s inauguration, despite Democratic opposition.

CBS News Senior Investigative Correspondent Catherine Herridge also reported on Twitter that a “separate, newly leveled allegation” claimed that Ellis mishandled classified information.

“It’s not our policy not to comment on personnel issues,” NSA spokesperson was quoted on saying.

Ellis reportedly declined to comment on the matter.

This comes a few days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote a letter to Acting Department of Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller to denounce Ellis’ last-minute appointment.

“Mr. Ellis has been reportedly involved in highly questionable activities that are disqualifying – including the infamous 2017 ‘midnight run’ to launder intelligence information through Rep. Devin Nunes and with efforts to shield information about President Trump’s July 2019 call with the President of Ukraine,” Pelosi cited in the letter.

According to Pelosi, the timing and circumstances of the appointment of Ellis, who supports Trump, “are highly suspect.”

“The efforts to install him or ‘burrow’ him into a highly sensitive intelligence position 72 hours prior to the beginning of a new Administration manifest a disturbing disregard for our national security. Therefore, this placement should not move forward,” Pelosi wrote.


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