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Obama’s Leaks and Their Catastrophic Consequences

The White House was on the receiving end of some well-earned criticism regarding national security leaks from both sides of the aisle. On Monday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, criticized White House operatives for the leaks. “I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” she said, even as she absolved President Obama himself. “I don’t believe for a moment that he goes out and talks about it,” she added. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was far more direct. Seizing on Feinstein’s comment, he slammed the president during his speech at a Veterans of Foreign Wars gathering in Reno, Nevada. “What kind of White House would reveal classified material for political gain? I’ll tell you right now: Mine will not,” he promised.

Romney also assailed the president for his defense cuts. “Don’t bother by the way trying to find a serious military rationale behind any of that, unless that rationale is wishful thinking,” he said. “Strategy is not driving the president’s massive defense cuts. In fact, his own secretary of defense warned that these reductions would be ‘devastating.’ And he is right,” he added.

But he was most incensed about the leaks. Taking note of Feinstein’s admission, Romney observed, “Lives of American servicemen and women are 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.”

Unsurprisingly, Feinstein attempted to minimize the political damage. Yesterday she released a statement expressing her “disappointment” that Romney would use her remarks to “impugn President Obama or his commitment to protecting national security secrets. I know for a fact the president is extremely troubled by these leaks. His administration has moved aggressively to appoint two independent U.S. attorneys. There is an investigation under way, and it is moving forward quickly,” she stated. “I know we are in a campaign season, but I hope the investigation proceeds without political accusation or interference from anyone.”



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