Rep. King: Obama using leaks to build image, trying to be like 'John Wayne'; UPDATE 6/17/12 Legal situation clarified

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    Jun 10, 2012 9:01 PM GMT
    Little common sense question first: How could Obama state with such absolutely certainty that the leaks were not coming from the White House unless he knew exactly where they were coming from?

    A top House Republican on Sunday rejected President Obama's claim that recent security leaks did not come from the White House, accusing the president of using the leaks -- which detailed the administration's counterterror programs -- to "build up his reputation" before November.

    "He's trying to be like George Patton or John Wayne," Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Fox News.

    The gloves-off accusations from the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee follow Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to appoint two U.S. attorneys to investigate possible unauthorized leaks of classified information.

    Since that announcement Friday, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on the prosecutors to get to the bottom of recent newspaper stories that contained sensitive information on top-secret programs. They included reports on the campaign of cyber-warfare against Iran, the U.S. drone program and a foiled terror plot from an Al Qaeda affiliate.

    Obama on Friday assailed as "offensive" and "wrong" the idea that his White House would "purposely release" classified security information.

    But King, speaking with Fox News, said the leaks had to have come from the president's inner circle.

    "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.

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    Jun 10, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
    Nothing new. The White House either doesn't understand the need for secrecy, doesn't care, or will do anything to see their leader reelected.
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    Reports are the White House provided classified material to the movie producers. Let's see if Congress might hold hearings on this and ensure neither movie is release until after November.

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    Jun 10, 2012 11:14 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidWell, Obama promises "more flexibility" if he gets a second term.... icon_wink.gif

    Yes, Vladimir is much looking forward to this "flexibility". Translated into Russian, "capitulation and appeasement". No need to provide leaks to Kremlin. Obama will actively do what they want.
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    Jun 17, 2012 8:29 PM GMT
    Plouffe: Obama did not declassify secret info

    Assuming Plouffe is correct, which is a reasonable assumption given his position in Team Obama, a legal versus political issue is clarified.

    As President, Obama could declassify information making its leak not a criminal offense but a only political embarrassment to Obama. Given that the information was not declassified, then its leak remains a criminal offense, as well as remaining a political embarrassment.
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    Jun 17, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
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    Jun 17, 2012 9:26 PM GMT
    this time both sides of the aisle are complaining about it.