White House No Longer Denying Involvement in National Security Leaks

July 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm (Dianne Feinstein, Ed Henry, Jay Carney, Mitt Romney, National Security, National Security Leaks, President Obama, Security Leaks, White House)

Today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, whose chief job is to deny that the sky is blue when the need presents itself, was unable to respond to a media request for a flat-denial of the administration’s involvement regarding serious national security leaks.

As we reported earlier this week, a prominent Democrat and leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, stated that it appears the White House itself is responsible for leaks of important classified information.

“I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein told a World Affairs Council forum.

The California lawmaker said she was certain that President Barack Obama, who receives a daily intelligence briefing, isn’t disclosing secret information, but she was uncertain about others at the White House.

As recently as last month, the President had no trouble flatly denying that his administration was responsible for the leaks:

“The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive.  It’s wrong.  And people I think need to have a better sense of how I approach this office and how the people around me here approach this office.”

It wasn’t just the President making such denials, Jay Carney himself stated:

“This administration takes all appropriate and necessary steps to prevent leaks of classified information or sensitive information that could risk ongoing counterterrorism or intelligence operations. Any suggestion that the White House has leaked sensitive information for political purposes has no basis in fact and has been denied by the authors themselves, as one of the authors of The New York Times story on Obama’s counterterrorism record said, ‘The notion that the White House prompted the story or controlled our reporting and writing is absurd.’”

But today, Carney fumbled his way around a request for a flat denial of the administration’s involvement.  Fox News reporter Ed Henry, framed the question:

Henry:  “Can you say flatly that nobody from the White House was involved in the national security leaks that are being investigated?” 

CARNEY:  “Well Ed as you know this is a matter being investigated by two experienced prosecutors. I can’t specifically speak about it. I can point you to the statements of the President, the statements I’ve made in the past about this, about the seriousness with which he takes this issue…”

This new approach of offering no denial, at the very least demonstrates a conflict between previous answers on the topic and recent answers, and at worst warrants further investigation into the source of sensitive national security leaks.

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White House Accused of Leaking Classified Information, Romney Says It "Betrays Our National Interests"

July 24, 2012 at 10:26 am (2012 Election, Bob Gates, Classified Information, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Holder, Leaks, Mitt Romney, National Interests, National Security, President Obama, Robert Gates, Secret, Security, Top Secret, White House)

Prominent Democrat and leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, said Monday that it appears the White House itself is responsible for leaks of important classified information.

“I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein told a World Affairs Council forum.

The California lawmaker said she was certain that President Barack Obama, who receives a daily intelligence briefing, isn’t disclosing secret information, but she was uncertain about others at the White House. “I don’t believe for a moment that he goes out and talks about it,” she said.

Republicans have criticized the disclosures, arguing that members of the Obama administration were intentionally leaking classified material to enhance the president’s reputation in an election year. Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed two attorneys to lead the investigation into who leaked information about U.S. involvement in cyberattacks on Iran and about an al-Qaida plot to place an explosive device aboard a U.S.-bound airliner.

Governor Mitt Romney is giving a speech to the VFW in Reno later today, where he is expected to address the national security issue.  Excerpts provided by the campaign state:

It is reported that Bob Gates, the President’s first secretary of defense, bluntly addressed another security problem within this administration. After secret operational details of the bin Laden raid were given to reporters, Secretary Gates walked into the West Wing and told the Obama team to “shut up.” He added a colorful word for emphasis.

Lives of American servicemen were at stake. But astonishingly, the administration failed to change its ways. More top-secret operations were leaked, even some involving covert action in Iran.

This isn’t a partisan issue; it’s a national security crisis. And yesterday, Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, quote, “I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks.”

This conduct is contemptible. It betrays our national interest. It compromises our men and women in the field. And it demands a full and prompt investigation, with explanation and consequence. Whoever provided classified information to the media, seeking political advantage for the administration, must be exposed, dismissed, and punished. The time for stonewalling is over.

It is not enough to say the matter is being looked into, and leave it at that. When the issue is the political use of highly sensitive national security information, it is unacceptable to say, “We’ll report our findings after Election Day.”

Exactly who in the White House betrayed these secrets? Did a superior authorize it? These are things that Americans are entitled to know – and they are entitled to know right now. If the President believes – as he said last week – that the buck stops with him, then he owes all Americans a full and prompt accounting of the facts.

And let me be clear: These events make the decision we face in November all the more important. What kind of White House would reveal classified material for political gain? I’ll tell you right now: Mine won’t.

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