President Obama’s Intelligence Leaks Damage National Security
Romney lashed out at the Obama administration this week over what insiders have said is an “avalanche” of intelligence leaks coming from within the White House. Ever since the operation in Pakistan resulting in the death of Osama Bin Laden, critics of the President’s staff have cited numerous instances of information being leaked in an effort to promote the President and build up his image. “What kind of White House would reveal classified material for political gain?” Romney asked at the VFW conference in Reno, “I’ll tell you right now: Mine will not.”
While information making it out of the White House through official sources is nothing new, those looking on recently have noted that the potential for these leaks to be threatening or dangerous to U.S. interests in unprecedented. Recent leaks which may have ties to the White House have centered around United States involvement with the Stuxnet computer virus in Iranian nuclear facilities, details of how targets are determined or acquired for drones in the middle east, and how spies have infiltrated Al Qaeda groups in Yemen. All of which could be life threatening for American agents in the field. “We need to do the best we can to clamp down because sooner or later it is going to cost people their lives or it is going to cost us our national security,” said Admiral William McRaven, the head of Special Operations Command.
Many claim that internal efforts made to find the source are inadequate and laughable. “This conduct is contemptible,” Romney said. “It betrays our national interest and it demands a full and prompt investigation by a special counsel, with explanation and consequence.” Currently an investigation is under way by two attorneys who report directly to Eric Holder with no findings due out until November elections are passed. It is ironic that a man in contempt of Congress for withholding information is trusted to be forthcoming with information from a leak within the White House. Even democrat Dianne Feinstein who has sat on the Senate Intelligence Committee for 11 years, including the 8 under George W. Bush, says she has never seen confidential intelligence coming from the White House like this. “I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from its ranks,” Feinstein remarked.
While any leak of confidential information is a threat, the recent intel coming from within the White House is particularly dangerous. Without restraint, we threaten our relationships with allies and strategic partners around the globe. While the President may receive some short-lived PR boost off of these leaks, it reveals a complete lack of leadership, discipline, and control by Obama and his advisors. Unfortunately for the President, if this information is exploited and used by our enemies, that will be the only legacy remembered.
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