Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, will be appearingbefore the Senate, Thursday, for his confirmation hearing as the nextCIAdirector.
AEI’s Marc Thiessen has provided a list of the top ten national security leaks Brennan needs to explainto the Senate.The curious timing of most of thesedisclosures is something the Senators should be focusing on, Thiessen noted:
With the exception of the bin Laden leaks (which began in May 2011)and the exposure of the Israeli basing agreement with Azerbaijan (March2012), every one of these leaks occurred over a three-month periodbetween May and August of 2012. Six of the most egregious ones tookplace in just a 25-day period in May/June 2012. All came in the midst ofPresident Obama’s re-election campaign, when he was aggressively makingthe case for his national security leadership in the war on terror.
Coincidence? Not likely.Brennan should be asked explain this strange confluence of events. Heshould be asked whether he has been questioned in the investigationsinto any of these leaks. He should be asked to provide the intelligencecommittee with a list of everyone who was “in the room” when thepresidential briefing on Stuxnet, which was quoted by the Times, tookplace. He should be asked who else has been questioned, and whether anysenior Obama aides have been told they are the targets of aninvestigation. He should be asked why so many of these leaks took place in a brief period in the midst of a presidential campaign.
Thiessen added an eleventh ObamaLeak Brennan needs to answer for in an update.
The Stuxnet leak to the New York Times was particularly egregious. A top Justice Department official told Thiessen, earlier this month, “if done forpolitical gain, rather than for a bona fide purpose advancing the publicinterests of the United States, it could be grounds for impeachment.”
An item Republican Senators will most likely dare not broach is the role Brennan played in Obama’s 2008 campaign, specifically his potential involvement in the multiple breaches of thepresidential candidates’ passport records in March of 2008.