Rep. Peter King (R-NY) didn’t mince words during an appearance on Fox News this weekend to discuss the rash of national security leaks in recent weeks. King said he’s convinced that these leaks came right from the White House “to build [Obama’s] reputation” and that President Obama is “trying to be like George Patton or John Wayne.” King wondered why, if Obama is so outraged over these leaks, did he wait to even mention them until lawmakers started asking questions.
Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed two attorneys general to investigate the leaks, however, as King pointed out, these AG’s will report back to Holder and the Department of Justice, and none of their powers have even been spelled out.
“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.”
King, R-N.Y., alleged that the leaks must have been “approved from the top,” and accused the president of grandstanding in an election year.
“I give him credit for a lot that he’s done on overseas terrorism. There’s no need, though, to put the nation’s security at risk by trying to build up his reputation for the presidential election in November,” he said.
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The Weekly Standard dug into things and pointed out that either President Obama and other administration officials are wrong, or the New York Times was wrong in their reporting on these matters.
The president and the New York Times can’t both be right. If the president is correct, then the paper of record, which has so far seemed to be a willing receptacle for the administration’s leaks, must be printing fabrications. Last month the same newspaper detailed how the president directs U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen based on a classified “kill list” of terror suspects, a story based on information from “three dozen” of the president’s “current and former advisers.” So the latest Times article on Iran, revealing what the administration has now tacitly acknowledged as a joint U.S.-Israeli program, looks to be merely the most recent installment in a campaign of intentional leaks damaging to our national security.
The administration, needless to say, sees things differently. From the perspective of Obama’s handlers, and perhaps of their friends in the press, these leaks are spellbinding episodes in a Hollywood-worthy narrative of the president as ever-vigilant superhero, with his finger on the button, ready at a moment’s notice to bring the full weight of American power to bear on our adversaries, so that we may all sleep safely at night. It’s epic, all right. But it’s spin.
Be sure to read the whole thing, as the article goes into how harmful these links are to national security. They also haven’t been harmful only to Americans. Just think about the Pakistani physician who was sentenced to thirty years in prison for helping the US find Osama bin Laden. It’s really quite treacherous.
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