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"Is that not treason, when you work against your own government?" Huckabee said.

"I don't understand why there isn't a great outrage over the leaking of information out of the highest levels of US intelligence," he said.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Tuesday that leakers in the intelligence community are guilty of treason.

“I don’t understand why there isn’t a great outrage over the leaking of information out of the highest levels of US intelligence,” Huckabee, whose daughter is an aide to President Donald Trump, told radio host Laura Ingraham.

Huckabee continued, “This is of grave concern, because if people who are supposed to be guarding our secrets are letting them go – Laura, I hate to use this word, but I don’t know what else to use – is that not treason? Is that not treason, when you work against your own government?”

The former governor also criticized Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham for comparing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes to Inspector Clouseau from the Pink Panther.

“I’m very disappointed in Lindsey,” Huckabee said. “I sometimes wonder what uniform he puts on each morning when goes out to the field to play, and I’m not just talking about the partisan uniform.”

“But I think to bring that kind of criticism and to call the chairman of the House Intel Committee – who is a person of integrity – to call him Inspector Clouseau, to use those kind of terms basically to diminish him, it’s very unfortunate, it’s demeaning, and frankly it just makes no sense,” Huckabee added. “He ought to be calling Devin Nunes and saying, ‘Congressman what do you have? Tell me what you know that you can tell me about, because we need to find out if there’s something going on here that is nefarious.’”