Feinstein: Someone from the White House is leaking national-security secrets that coincidentally make Obama look good

posted at 10:01 am on July 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Weeks after Congress opened a probe into national security leaks that mysteriously arose making Barack Obama look good, we seem to have gotten a little close to the source.  Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said publicly yesterday that at least some of these reputation-burnishing leaks came from the White House that benefited from them:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday that someone at the White House was responsible for the recent leaks of classified information.

“I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Feinstein said in an address at the World Affairs Council, the Associated Press first reported.

Feinstein rushed to defend President Barack Obama, however:

Feinstein said she was certain that President Obama had not disclosed any of the classified intelligence, but believed others in the administration were responsible.

“I don’t believe for a moment that he goes out and talks about it,” she said of the president.

Of course not.  That’s why a President hires staff and appoints political players — to do that kind of work for him.

Meanwhile, some of Obama’s other appointees outside the White House insisted that the leaked material didn’t come from them:

Last Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified in closed session before the House Armed Services Committee on the leaks. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., told reporters afterward that he did not believe the Pentagon was responsible for recent national security leaks.

“I feel pretty secure they were not” from the Pentagon, McKeon said after the three-hour hearing.

Leaks usually occur for two reasons: to make someone look good, and to make someone look bad.  Whistleblowing falls into the latter category, but it’s not the only impulse found with those kinds of leaks, either.  With leaks of the first type, the best question to ask is: Cui bono?  Who benefits?  While that’s not an evidentiary process, it’s usually a pretty reliable way for investigators and non-investigators to narrow the evidentiary search rationally and effectively.  Apparently, Feinstein agrees.

In a speech to the VFW today, Mitt Romney will demand an investigation into the leaks, and called on the White House to stop “stonewalling”:

Mitt Romney will be addressing the VFW Convention in Nevada this afternoon and, based on a prepared excerpt of his speech distributed by his campaign, he plans to demand President Obama conduct a “full and prompt investigation” of leaks of classified information that may have come from the White House.

“This conduct is contemptible. It betrays our national interest. It compromises our men and women in the field. And it demands a full and prompt investigation, with explanation and consequence,” Mr. Romney’s speech says. “Whoever provided classified information to the media, seeking political advantage for the administration, must be exposed, dismissed, and punished. The time for stonewalling is over.” …

“It is not enough to say the matter is being looked into, and leave it at that. When the issue is the political use of highly sensitive national security information, it is unacceptable to say, ‘We’ll report our findings after Election Day,’” Mr. Romney says in the speech. “Exactly who in the White House betrayed these secrets? Did a superior authorize it? These are things that Americans are entitled to know – and they are entitled to know right now. If the President believes – as he said last week – that the buck stops with him, then he owes all Americans a full and prompt accounting of the facts.”

Don’t expect to see the White House immediately agreeing to an independent investigation, to say the least.


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How many military guys died because some jackass decided to blab about the Bin Laden killing, but hey, anything to make TFGRP look good.

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Yes, we need government to act in secrecy. The people must not know what our overlords are doing. It’s all for our protection.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

In your warped world, we would have been better off letting Germany know ahead of time before we started the Normandy Invasion.

LR- (LR = Lew Rockwell)

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 11:19 AM

So exactly where does the buck stop…oh never mind

workingclass artist on July 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM

My position is advocating for the open government our Founders created, and I advocate that our citizens know what our government has done and the actions its taken.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

So if our military engages in a covert operation to protect the lives of US citizens or our allies, you think the government should release the details of how they did it, thereby jeopardizing any future similar operations and risking the lives of the operators?

Trafalgar on July 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

It was a straw man. You should learn what one is, not that it would stop you from making them. My position is advocating for the open government our Founders created, and I advocate that our citizens know what our government has done and the actions its taken. You have reframed this into a position that I don’t hold: that I don’t care about the lives of our “Brightest and Best”. That is a classic example of a straw man.

Further, the military is neither our brightest and best, even though some may be found in their ranks. The ranks of the entrepreneurs and innovators is where you will find our brightest and best.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Presumably son you know nothing of the secrecy and spying activity our Founding Father, Washington and others took part in during the Revolutionary War and that has gone on ever since, during the Civil War under Lincoln etc.. Secrecy is required during warfare and make no mistake, we are at war since the time Bin Laden declared war on the US.

kenny on July 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

What book is she talking about?

KenInIL on July 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Further, the military is neither our brightest and best, even though some may be found in their ranks.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

You’re beclowning yourself now. Starting to sound like angryed just before he Jumped the Shark. Why do you hate our military?

PS, the average intelligence of today’s member of the military is basically the same as it was 25 years ago.

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Meanwhile, the Pakistani doctor who told us where Bin Laden was hiding rots in jail for 33 years, while the Big O tells us what a gutsy call he made. So how many other foreign informants will have the guts to help us find other terrorists, if this is how they are treated?

Steve Z on July 24, 2012 at 10:21 AM

And, ain’t it funny that – as long as the good doctor rots in a paki prison – the US government (such as it is) doesn’t have to pay him the $25,000,000.00 REWARD offered for information on OBL?
Neat how that stuff works out, ain’t it?

Solaratov on July 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Here is Ed, not defending conservatism, not defending the Constitution, but defending the establishment that is acting imperially and unconstitutionally.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:32 AM

You’re a moron……but at least you’re good for a laugh.

Solaratov on July 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

The White House is the dog that didn’t bark when it comes to these leaks.

Not much outrage from there about Fast & Furious neither. Huh…

Akzed on July 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

When Obama says “The buck stops here,” he’s referring to his fundraising efforts.

It’s a nuance thing.

iurockhead on July 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM

May God never put me in a foxhole with you.

NotCoach on July 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

No chance of that ever happening.
Dante’s type stay well-away from foxholes.

Solaratov on July 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Did you seriously just make this post? Talk about tone deaf.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

You’re pen pals with Bradley Manning, aren’t you?

Solaratov on July 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

As someone whose later Father landed at Normandy, your attitude sickens me.

kingsjester on July 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM

SQUIRREL!

Lourdes on July 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Heh.

So did Obama have gun fire and blood curdling screams,
(from those Sweet home Chicago streets) sound effects
in the background when he was singing this??

ToddPA on July 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Maybe if it’s played backwards.

Otherwise, Obama and Axelrod with Rahm’s help had that “distraction” edited out for the public’s entertainment.

Lourdes on July 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM

This, ladies and gentlemen, is your Commander Oaf in Chief, Mr. Delusional.

Here on at least two fronts, one that the world “respects America under Me” and that he is “for the military” – see the cuts…

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM

From the Fraud-in-Chief:

“I think I could probably do every job on the campaign better than the people I’ll hire to do it…It’s hard to give up control when that’s all I’ve known…I think I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters, I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

I’m guessing O’JugEars feels he can cover his arse better than the MSM, too.

Sure. The leaks are from the WH.

socalcon on July 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM

With leaks of the first type, the best question to ask is: Cui bono?

Sonny & Cher’s mixed-up son/daughter is the source of the leaks?!?

KS Rex on July 24, 2012 at 11:17 AM

^^^+++^^^ :-)

Solaratov on July 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM

With leaks of the first type, the best question to ask is: Cui bono?

Sonny & Cher’s mixed-up son/daughter is the source of the leaks?!?

KS Rex on July 24, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Rumor is that Cher’s spawn, Cui Bono sleeps in the Lincoln Bedroom.

kenny on July 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Jeez, you mean all that stuff about how Obama parachuted solo into Pakistan, infiltrated Bin Laden’s house, and singlehandedly took him out, snuck the body onto a waiting helicopter, and dumped it into the sea — is classified information?

Scriptor on July 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM

As someone whose later Father landed at Normandy, your attitude sickens me.

kingsjester on July 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM

You and me both. Sickened and with a late father who landed at Normandy on D-Day.

Trafalgar on July 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM

One thing about the Obama administration, he’s certainly setting alot of precedent.

No longer will the left be able to get outraged over a President playing golf with 10% unemployment because Obama did it.

No longer will the left be able to get outraged over a President going to fundraiser after fundraiser during a bad ecomony because Obama did it.

No longer will the left be able to get outraged if we aren’t allowed to look at transcripts of Republicans because Obama didn’t release them.

Wagthatdog on July 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Whoever is doing the leaking should find themselves in Leavenworth, turning big rocks into small rocks, 9AM to 5PM, for the rest of their natural life.

ajacksonian on July 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM

One thing about the Obama administration, he’s certainly setting alot of precedent.

No longer will the left be able to get outraged over a President playing golf with 10% unemployment because Obama did it.

No longer will the left be able to get outraged over a President going to fundraiser after fundraiser during a bad ecomony because Obama did it.

No longer will the left be able to get outraged if we aren’t allowed to look at transcripts of Republicans because Obama didn’t release them.

Wagthatdog on July 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Do you want to bet?

kenny on July 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM

How can the word intelligence even be associated with feinstein or any other liberal……

crosshugger on July 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM

“I think I could probably do every job on the campaign better than the people I’ll hire to do it…It’s hard to give up control when that’s all I’ve known…I think I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters, I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”
I’m guessing O’JugEars feels he can cover his arse better than the MSM, too.

Sure. The leaks are from the WH.

socalcon

I’ve always loved that quote. If that is true, then dumb*ss needs new advisors! He doesn’t even know what he doesn’t know and that makes him dangerous in the extreme!

JAM on July 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM

The time for IMPEACHMENT has arrived. Feinstein is lying, as usual – she knows, as we all do, that obama directed his team to issue these leaks – there is absolutely no doubt and no mystery about who is behind this.

Pork-Chop on July 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Think about this. Feinstein is saying this stuff. That means the problem has to be a hundred times worse than what she says.

OccamsRazor on July 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM

My position is advocating for the open government our Founders created, and I advocate that our citizens know what our government has done and the actions its taken.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Our founders also believed that those who provided aid, such as military information, to our enemies were traitors to their country and should receive the appropriate justice such as hanging or firing squad. In fact, treason is defined within the U.S. Constitution in Article III Section III, Clause 1.

dominigan on July 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Presumably son you know nothing of the secrecy and spying activity our Founding Father, Washington and others took part in during the Revolutionary War and that has gone on ever since, during the Civil War under Lincoln etc.. Secrecy is required during warfare and make no mistake, we are at war since the time Bin Laden declared war on the US.

kenny on July 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Related to your point – one wonders how it’s possible for Dante to have a negative view of Benedict Arnold’s “generous” sharing of secret information, vital to the Revolutionaries, with the British.

Bizarro No. 1 on July 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Further, the military is neither our brightest and best, even though some may be found in their ranks.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Imbecile, most of the US military operates with cutting edge technology nowadays, the AIr Force in particular is operating the most sophisticated jets (manned and unmanned) that are pretty much ground breaking technology not to mention the ‘gadgets’ that are on them…you have to be pretty intelligent, intensely and highly trained to operate and maintain theșe…….it is you who prove constantly what an imbecile you are with your commentaries here..your level of intelligence measured by any IQ test out there would probably put you close to a monkey…as for your idea of high tech that is probably reduced to the ipad and Wii :)….you’d probably fail any basic test to get into any branch of he military, definitely you wouldn”t score enough to get into the Air Force…

jimver on July 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

As someone whose later Father landed at Normandy, your attitude sickens me.

kingsjester on July 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM

You can’t even accurately state what my position is to even know to be offended or not.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Our founders also believed that those who provided aid, such as military information, to our enemies were traitors to their country and should receive the appropriate justice such as hanging or firing squad. In fact, treason is defined within the U.S. Constitution in Article III Section III, Clause 1.

dominigan on July 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

And that has what to do with the topic?

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Imbecile, most of the US military operates with cutting edge technology nowadays, the AIr Force in particular is operating the most sophisticated jets (manned and unmanned) that are pretty much ground breaking technology not to mention the ‘gadgets’ that are on them…you have to be pretty intelligent, intensely and highly trained to operate and maintain theșe…….it is you who prove constantly what an imbecile you are with your commentaries here..your level of intelligence measured by any IQ test out there would probably put you close to a monkey…as for your idea of high tech that is probably reduced to the ipad and Wii :)….you’d probably fail any basic test to get into any branch of he military, definitely you wouldn”t score enough to get into the Air Force…

jimver on July 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Did they invent these gadgets and this “ground breaking technology,” or did the entrepreneurs and innovators of the private sector do that?

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

You did notice that everyone on this Thread agred with me, didn’t you? Yeah, we’ve all figured out your position.

You do know that Dr. Paul dropped out, don’t you?

kingsjester on July 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Imbecile, most of the US military operates with cutting edge technology nowadays, the AIr Force in particular is operating the most sophisticated jets (manned and unmanned) that are pretty much ground breaking technology not to mention the ‘gadgets’ that are on them…you have to be pretty intelligent, intensely and highly trained to operate and maintain theșe…….it is you who prove constantly what an imbecile you are with your commentaries here..your level of intelligence measured by any IQ test out there would probably put you close to a monkey…as for your idea of high tech that is probably reduced to the ipad and Wii :)….you’d probably fail any basic test to get into any branch of he military, definitely you wouldn”t score enough to get into the Air Force…

jimver on July 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Did they invent these gadgets and this “ground breaking technology,” or did the entrepreneurs and innovators of the private sector do that?

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Idiot, inventing them is one thing, as usually you try to distract from what I was saying in response to your stupid talk that the service members are not bright or sometthing…..you can’t be such a cretine not to be abe to tell the difference between different skills and competences…some invent techonology, some operate it…operating and maintaining cutting edge technology takes intelligence and skill too… but then you wouldn’t kmow that because hou have none…you are a pathetic imbecile with no skill or training who spends his time blogging inanities, probably neverr had a real jobin the real economy in his liffe. Yet you are here making comments about the intelligence of service members who have to take apititude and skill tests every year, who take reguar training to update their skills, in order to be able to operate new systems…and one more thing, genius, any idea how many retired millitary are involved in developing new systems and yes, even in ‘inventing’said cutting edge technology…you talk about entrepreneurs and innovators, but who are they when it comes to military technology? A lot of he defence contrators are retired military, most of the people employed by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumann and L3 Communications and BAE and all the other big defence contractors are RETiRED MILITARY…so, unlike yours, their skills and training and competence and yes, their intelligence are valuable and considered assets in private sectors.yours will never be….but then you know, and to paraphrase:,’ those who can’t do, blog’ :)…

jimver on July 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM

And just so you people know what you’re defending, the leaks are in regards to the unconstitutional kill list and our unconstitutional cyber attacks against Iran.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

And just so you people know what you’re defending, the leaks are in regards to the unconstitutional kill list and our unconstitutional cyber attacks against Iran.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Actually it’s the immense stupidity like the kind that you are constantly displaying that should be be illegal and unconstitutional…

jimver on July 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM

“By Wednesday of that week, Gates went to see Donilon, offering up a barbed assessment of how the White House had handled the aftermath of the raid.

“I have a new strategic communications approach to recommend,” Gates said in his trademark droll tones, according to an account later provided by his colleagues.

What was that, Donilon asked?

“Shut the f**k up,” the defense secretary said.”

Any questions?

novaculus on July 24, 2012 at 3:07 PM

As someone whose later Father landed at Normandy, your attitude sickens me.

kingsjester on July 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM

You can’t even accurately state what my position is to even know to be offended or not.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Not surprised it took you nearly 2 and a half hours to come up with that weak reply.

A+

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Re: Raquel Pinkbullet at 10:11. I wonder that too. In addition, I would like to know if there is some action between doing nothing and impeachment that can be done. The Congress has an A+ in doing nothing! Surely, there is something short of impeachment that can be done. Anyone know?

francesca on July 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

IMHO, if Romney had demanded an investigation into the leaks BEFORE Feinstein came out to spin this he would have been included in the news reports, but late is better than nothing.

DannoJyd on July 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

And just so you people know what you’re defending, the leaks are in regards to the unconstitutional kill list and our unconstitutional cyber attacks against Iran.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Odd. I haven’t ever seen cyber attacks mentioned in the Constitution.
Where does it appear?

Solaratov on July 24, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Feinstein said she was certain that President Obama had not disclosed any of the classified intelligence, but believed others in the administration were responsible.

“I don’t believe for a moment that he goes out and talks about it,” she said of the president.

Apparently Obama is the first president in history not to be responsible for his own administration. Pathetic.

Scrappy on July 24, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Odd. I haven’t ever seen cyber attacks mentioned in the Constitution.
Where does it appear?

Solaratov on July 24, 2012 at 5:37 PM

It’s an act of warfare. Congress has not declared war on Iran. Any offensive attacks by the president that are not in response to an attack are unconstitutional. Only Congress has the authority to allow it.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I wonder if Feinstein was the Senator “that is practically an institution” that was torn to shreds by Valerie Jarrett in her office when she was wavering on F&F, according to the White House Insider reports.

Would the White House have good dirt on Feinstein?

slickwillie2001 on July 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

You’re an idiot.

Solaratov on July 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM

You’re an idiot.

Solaratov on July 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM

You are irrelevant, wrong, and foolish to prove that here.

DannoJyd on July 24, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM
DannoJyd on July 24, 2012 at 7:52 PM
Both of you stop. Your just making yourselves look like two very young fools. First rule of holes, is to stop digging.(Keep this up and we’ll need a rope ladder to get both of you out.)

flackcatcher on July 24, 2012 at 8:47 PM

flackcatcher on July 24, 2012 at 8:47 PM

And when will we be treated by a post from you containing actual content instead of your feigned concern of us?

Don’t fret. I will not hold my breath while waiting. I’ve got more important things to do this year.

BTW, perhaps you too would consider signing up as a GOP Volunteer this year. You see, Romney really needs your help, and since you apparently have so much free time on your hands…

If not you, who?

DannoJyd on July 24, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Had Bush’s White House done this same thing we’d be hearing about it 365/24/7
Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 10:17 AM

According to Janet Napolitano that would be 364/24/7, and Obama would interject “in all 57 states.” The bottom line is Obama didn’t leak those secrets. Someone else made that happen.

HHW on July 24, 2012 at 9:00 PM

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