Feinstein: Some intel leaks came from the White House

Posted by: ST on July 24, 2012 at 11:05 am

The GOP has long asserted similarly but now the top Democrat Senator on the Senate Intelligence Committee appears to be in agreement:

A prominent Democrat is giving the White House heartburn over national security leaks.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, told a World Affairs Council forum
yesterday, “I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks.”

Feinstein absolved Obama himself — “I don’t believe for a moment that he goes out and talks about it” — but not any (unnamed) aides.

Congressional Republicans are calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the source of news leaks divulging sensitive national security secrets.

The leaks have included news that the U.S. has launched cyberattacks against Iran’s nuclear program and details of an investigation into an al-Qaeda bombing plot.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is expected to pick up on Feinstein’s comments in a speech to the VFW convention in Reno, reports our OnPolitics blog.

“Whoever provided classified information to the media, seeking political advantage for the administration, must be exposed, dismissed, and punished,” Romney plans to say, according to excerpts released from his campaign. “The time for stonewalling is over.”

Bryan Preston has more excerpts from Romney’s speech (hat tip).

Can’t wait to hear about the sputtering & spinning WH Spox Jay Carney will be doing at today’s WH press briefing. Should be epic.

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5 Responses to “Feinstein: Some intel leaks came from the White House”


  1. Sefton says:

    As I’ve been posting on several blogs since these leaks were first reported…
    Let me make it easy for you guys in D.C. – walk into Valerie Jarrett’s office, read her her rights and slap the cuffs on her.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    Feinstein should know a thing or two about security leaks. When she was mayor of San Francisco she blabbed all the details of the “Hillside Strangler” investigative techniques, including the details the police were concealing from the public to weed out phony confessors and trap the actual culprit; she almost destroyed the entire case.

  3. Jim McDonald says:

    obama is getting ready to throw someone under the bus, and feinstein is providing the opening act.

  4. Jiji says:

    I guess she won’t be going to the DNC convention. I think her answer was calculated for her own good to distance herself from the Liar in chief. Seems like a lot of dems are looking to distance them selves from O’blather in the White House.

  5. Carlos says:

    Y’all have it all wrong. You see, in this administration, there are no national security secrets because (with this administration) we have no national security.

    If, on the other hand, we’re talking exploits of misdeeds (criminal, ethical), then there is an Iron Veil between the administration and the public.

    I suspect many of the major LSM outlets have persons who know a lot more about the above-referenced misdeeds than they will ever admit to, but they have become part of the impenetrable Iron Veil, too, because, by golly, we can’t let the public see what kind of monster we created and foisted on them now, could we?