Today, 7/23/18, fmr director of the CIA, fmr General Michael Hayden tweeted
I don't go back for classified briefings. Won’t have any effect on what I say or write.
in response to the news that the White House is considering ending his security clearance.
And yet on 11/7/17, the same twitter account tweeted
CIA just told me: The Dir stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment entitled: Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections. The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed.
If both of those tweets are true, that would mean that fmr General Michael Hayden got this information from the CIA without using his security clearance. I would rather not think that he was lying. I always thought he was genuine and trustworthy whenever I heard him on TV.
But the only way both of these tweets are true is if CIA provides some sort of direct information about threats to the country and its accessible even to the people without security clearance.
I am not asking if CIA provides any information to the public. Clearly, there is the CIA world factbook. But this seems like information about intelligence assessment of ongoing threats. Could he have gotten it from non-classified sources at the CIA?
Edit: there is a number of comments and answers challenging the premise of this question based on the fact that the info tweeted by Hayden was not classified. I'd like to clarify what this question is about.
I am going with the assumption that Hayden was not releasing classified information.
An analogy that I came up with is that of a lunch menu dropped into a folder marked "classified". The lunch menu doesn't become classified and it is available from other sources. To confirm that a folder contains the lunch menu, one would need clearance to examine contents of the folder. And for someone to claim that they knew that the folder contained the non-classified menu, they would also need to have the clearance to examine contents of the folder.
Analogously, Hayden needed clearance to make an inquiry unless there is a way for everyone to make a similar inquiry. If general public can't make the same types of inquiries as the ones Hayden can make due to his having clearance, then he does, in fact, use his clearance to effect what he says and writes.
Which begs the question "can the general public make the same types of inquiries and if it can, then how?"