The New York Times says that the national-security leaks that exposed our cyber-war against Iran and how our drone strikes against terrorists operate came from “aides” to the president and “members of the president’s national security team who were in the [White House Situation Room]” during key discussions, as well as current American officials involved with the program who spoke anonymously because “the effort remains highly classified.” The author of one of the Times stories, David Sanger, writes that some of his sources would be fired for divulging classified material to him.
The information along separate this story from the run of the mill. The material leaked could not be more sensitive. It includes the procedure by which kill targets among al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen and the Horn of Africa are selected and the personal role the president exercises in the decisions. Another leak explored the details of America’s cyber-war against the Iranian nuclear weapons program.
These leaks are friendly fire — designed to enhance the president’s image during a tough reelection campaign. These leaks are just means to the end of the president’s reelection. Plame’s leaking involved no threat to our nation and did not interdict or threaten any ongoing operation.
John Kerry (D-Mass.) said the leaks are, “frankly, all against [our] national-security interest. I think they are dangerous, damaging, and whoever is doing that is not acting in the interest of the United States of America.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said the leaks “endanger American lives and undermine America’s national security.” Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) has convened hearings about the leaks. But from the administration come only the sounds of silence and the accusation that criticism of the leaks is “grossly irresponsible.”
Top political consultant Pat Caddell speculated that National Security Adviser Tom Donilon might be the source of the leaks. — to turn state secrets into campaign ads). But as the leaks surfaced in the newspapers, the president himself must have figured out that it was his top people doing the leaking. But he has resisted calls for an independent counsel to investigate the source of the leaks and relies, instead, on his own discredited attorney general to locate their source.
SOURCE: DICK MORRIS