“Democratic and Republican intelligence experts in Congress are joining forces to condemn a series of jaw-dropping intelligence leaks which some Republicans charge are timed to boost President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.”
That’s according to Mark Hosenball and Susan Cornwell at Reuters.
Hosenball and Cornwell:
“On Wednesday, the leadership from both parties of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees issued a rare joint statement deploring recent leaks which have included reports on U.S. cyber warfare against Iran, procedures for targeting militants with drones, and the existence of a double-agent who penetrated a militant group in Yemen.”
The Reuters reporters say:
“But castigating leakers and questioning their motives may be a lot easier than coming up with remedies that might make leaking more difficult and risky…The current administration has largely avoided confronting journalists who obtain classified information – a step secrecy experts say prosecutors almost certainly would have to take if the government really wanted to put a lid on leaks. That step is full of legal and political peril, however, as it runs into the Constitution’s free press protections…”
A lot of talk but not a lot of action.
So are the politicians simply feigning “righteous indignation?”
And is this actually whole lot to do about nothing?
What do you think?
@ Vanguard of Freedom