White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that as a member of the Obama administration, he grew to appreciate the need for government to have its secrets.
Carney made his remarks at a question-and-answer event at Georgetown University, Thursday, with CBS reporter Major Garrett.
Garrett asked Carney how he felt about the Justice Department spying on reporters and prosecuting their sources.
Carney deflected the question, pointing out that a number of the investigations were left over from the Bush administration.
Although he was once a reporter for TIME Magazine, Carney admitted that he had become more aware of the damage that occurs as a result of classified information leaks after he joined the Obama administration.