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article imageOp-Ed: Is the White House leaking classified information?

By Gar Swaffar     Jun 11, 2012 in Politics
Security leaks are becoming more blatant and revealing more classified information. The leaks are jeopardizing national security. Where are they coming from?
The leaking of sensitive security information has become an epidemic under the current Administration, and the results are proving to be more than even seasoned politicians are able to live with. Rep. (R-NY) Peter King has never been known for his reticence in offering criticism of the current Administration, and the latest charge centers on the leaks of highly classified information. The information regarding Rep. King's lambasting of the Obama administration for the leaks was reported at Fox News. The reported leaks if, proved to originate in the White House, show a degree of disregard for the welfare of the nation being trumped by politics, which has never been seen in the history of this country.
At The Blaze is a report showing the comments of Charles Krauthammer and his assessment that Obama may have misspoken in his remarks concerning the leaks.
The President made the statement; “The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive,”
Krauthammer's assessment of the President's statement is that was another misstep, in the same vein as "the private sector is doing okay" (at CBS)
Rep. King's take on the divulging of highly classified information is; "This is the most shameful cascade of leaks I've ever heard or seen in government," he said. "It's clear from those stories this came right from the White House, came right from the National Security Council, came right from the Situation Room. ... It has to lead to people very high up in the administration in his White House."
The NY Times report on the 'Secret Kill List" is one of the security breaches which was leaked to a willing press. That, plus the article by the NY Times on cyber-war against Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions has pushed even the usually amenable Sen. John McCain over the edge it seems.
“It’s obvious on its face that this information came from individuals who are in the administration,” McCain said. “The president may not have done it himself, but the president is certainly responsible as commander in chief.”
For the "Get along and reach across the aisle" Senator from Arizona to get all bent out of shape, it would seem there has to be some serious stink emanating from the back-room deal makers in Congress.
Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Senator Dianne Feinstein, expressed hope that the two attorneys (Federal Prosecutors) appointed from within the Administration's Justice Dept. will be able to" "get to a relatively quick disposition."
Federal Prosecutor from Washington D.C., Ronald C. Machen Jr, however is an Obama appointee. The other attorney, Rod J. Rosenstein is a Bush appointee with long standing ties to the Justice Dept.
Senator McCain appears to be unimpressed with the process of having Justice Dept. attorneys investigating the White House or any links the leaks may have within the Justice Dept.
“Mr. Holder’s credibility with Congress — there is none,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.“
The sentiment is an easy one to understand, when the current President promised to run one of the most transparent administrations ever seen. And yet, Chicago Thugster politics seem to be the norm, rather than an aberration of any desire to be open with the citizens of the nation.
After reading and reviewing two dozen news articles on the subject in this process, I can only agree with Senator McCain (that feels a bit odd). I have zero confidence in the unbiased investigative process from the current regime's Justice Dept. to investigate either the White House involvement or any of the administrations appointees.
It's time for a Special Counsel to be appointed and the person selected needs to get busy right away.
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