The number of leaks coming from inside the government, sources say, have advisers concerned that someone is out to get them.Are the leaks part of a giant conspiracy?
Commentators on Fox News, Mr Trump’s channel of choice, have helped push the idea that these leaks come from an American “deep state” – a body within the government working to bring down those in power.
Not the kind of conspiracy in a spy novel, no. The leakers haven't pledged themselves to Goldfinger, or to Barack Obama, for that matter.
Rather, the leakers have pledged themselves to the Constitution, and to the country.
What they've heard the President say and watched him do are simply not conscionable.
They have heard and seen him reveal classified information to the representatives of a hostile foreign power, harming not just us but an allied nation.
They have heard and seen him upend his own agenda after watching Fox News, forcing his staff to cobble together pitiably inadequate policy papers under impossible deadlines.
They have heard and seen him consider unthinkable ideas, like withdrawing from NATO and treating nuclear weapons like conventional weapons. (This piece explains why the latter is so appalling.)
They have heard and seen him ignoring their attempts to brief him on complex policy issues because he can't or won't concentrate — unless, that is, his name is frequently mentioned.
They have heard and seen him rage at them for the flood of negative press his actions and words have engendered.
They have been moved to publicize those things so that we, the people, know what kind of man occupies the Oval Office.
He refuses to see the chaos he foments here and abroad, and is not forced to reckon with the consequences of his actions. The only way he can be curbed is to bring public pressure to bear, both on him and Congress, because they both hate low ratings.
The leakers are not acting out of partisanship: they're acting out of deep concern for the well-being of the country. They're trying to alert the nation to the danger of a President who does not understand his job and, even more disastrously, does not care about the responsibility that goes along with the power he wields.
They are not conspirators.
They are patriots.