GOP Demands Independent Investigation of National Security Leaks

On June 6, I wrote about a New York Times article on a “highly classified” operation begun under George W. Bush but “significantly expanded” and continued under Barack Obama. The operation was one of cyber warfare, and one of its principal targets was the computer network controlling Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

Cleary this Times story revealed things that ought not be revealed, and just as clearly, someone had to leak that information to the Times to begin with.

Since then, there have been leaks about our drone project in the Middle East, as well as a list of names on Obama’s “kill list.” As with the leaks about the cyber warfare, it’s hard to discard the suspicion that the leaks about the "kill list" might be a way to warn those who are on it so that they can avoid an untimely end.

Now, thirty GOP Senators are calling on A.G. Eric Holder to appoint “an outside special counsel with bipartisan acceptance and widespread public trust” to get to the bottom of these leaks. At the same time, some have suggested that Obama National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon could be the man behind the leaks.

Because of the close proximity a national security adviser enjoys with a president, it’s nearly impossible for even a trustworthy administration to investigate itself, much less one that oversaw escapades like Fast & Furious, the secret release of Guantanamo terrorists to the Taliban, and myriad other infractions.

As Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) put it, “This administration cannot be trusted to investigate itself.” 


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