Update: 6/8/12: Eric Holder has named two special prosecutors to lead up the investigation into the national security leaks. He could save a lot of time by just asking President Obama about them.
Original Story: 6/8/12: The Obama administration approved the NY Times Stuxnet leak, this according to its author, David Sanger. He said that the paper brought these articles to the government’s attention prior to their publication and complied with a request to omit specific “highly technical details.”
The NY Times claims they didn’t rely on the White House for the information they have leaked. They claim the leaks are merely the result of “strenuous” reporting and they plan to continue.
This information is endangering our security and our ability to ever partner with other nations again. Who wants to partner with nations who will not keep secret operations secret?
The White House has denied being the source of the original leaks but has refused requests for an independent investigator and they did so as soon as they were asked.
The White House has not raised any complaints about the leaks, raising serious concerns about their role in the affair.
Opposition to the leaks is bipartisan. Senator John McCain has been very vocal in his opposition.
Senator Dianne Feinstein said, “I am deeply disturbed by the continuing leaks of classified information to the media, most recently regarding alleged cyber efforts targeting Iran’s nuclear program.”
She further added, “This is like an avalanche. It is very detrimental and, candidly, I found it very concerning,” Feinstein said. “There’s no question that this kind of thing hurts our country,” referring to the leak. She also expressed concerns that there would be copycat cyberattacks against the U.S. (Wired.com)
The FBI has launched an investigation.
Let’s free Bradley Manning. He’s released far less information than Barack Obamassange. Give him a job on the White House staff as the “Leak Czar.”
Source: Politico: 6/7/12: “The New York Times: Barack Obama’s not leaking to us”