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How leaking Pompeo’s North Korea trip could backfire

Mike Pompeo
CIA Director and Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Trump’s leak of a secret meeting between CIA Director Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has the potential to overcome two looming obstacles: Democratic opposition to Pompeo's nomination as Secretary of State and growing international anxiety about weak American preparation for the North Korea negotiations.

Yes, but: Even if the leak helps to address those immediate challenges, it may turn out to have been an act of desperation that undermines the U.S.'s larger strategic objectives in North Korea.