GOP lawmakers turn up heat on leaksJune 12, 2012
Republican lawmakers are increasingly casting doubt on the Obama administration's claim that recent security leaks were not green-lighted by the upper echelons of the president's staff -- pointing to the news stories themselves to argue top advisers were involved in "trying to give the president glory."
Since Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday that he's assigned two U.S. attorneys to investigate the leaks, President Obama and his aides have rejected the notion that the White House engineered any leak of sensitive information for political reasons. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Monday called that idea "wrong and absurd."
Several major news reports presumably prompted Holder's announcement. Most recently, The New York Times ran separate, heavily sourced stories on the U.S. drone program and the campaign of cyberwarfare against Iran. The Associated Press earlier reported on a failed bomb plot by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Based on the sourcing in the stories themselves, lawmakers say it's obvious at least some of the information came from the administration. Further, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., claims it must have come from the White House.
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