Carney: These security leak allegations are “preposterous”

posted at 4:41 pm on July 26, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is sending out some mixed signals about the White House’s potential involvement in the national security leaks against which Sen. Feinstein railed so vociferously earlier this week (although it seems she later succumbed to pressure to somewhat modify her statements, heh). After vehemently insisting that he isn’t going to comment on an ongoing federal investigation, Carney reverts back to the “absurd”/”preposterous” tack, making it sound as if it’s an insult of the highest order to even suggest that anyone in the White House might be involved for the sake of political gain. But, as Fox reporter Ed Henry points out, Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod was insisting that there was no way the White House was involved in this debacle a few weeks back, and he’s now slightly changed his tune to insisting that there’s no way the president is involved in these leaks. Not quite the same thing, is it?

Well, I’m confused! I understand that Carney, Axelrod, et al. don’t want to allow anyone to impugn their boss’s honor (of which I remain somewhat suspicious, cough cough), but they jumped the gun in insisting that nobody in the White House — a rather large organization — could’ve been involved. Now that it’s looking more and more like that’s just what did happen, one wonders why they’re so eager to set themselves up for the embarrassment.

As commander of U.S. special forces William McRaven reminds us, we absolutely need to get to the bottom of this — national security is not something with which to play politics.

“Well we’re never happy when leaks occur, obviously,” McRaven replied. “We go to great lengths to protect our national security, very great lengths to protect our sources and methods. So all of that we guard very carefully. Unfortuantely not everyone guards that very carefully. I think what you’ve seen is the secretary and the president and Capitol Hill are taking these leaks very, very seriously, as they should. And we need to do the best we can to clamp down on it, because sooner or later it’s going to cost people their lives, or it’s going to cost us our national security. So it is important.”


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He has the gravitas of Harry Potter.
Bring back Bobo Gibbs – at least he looked like he’d survived puberty.

CorporatePiggy on July 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

…ANOTHER CARNEY CLOWN SHOW!

KOOLAID2 on July 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

More burning pants, I see.

totherightofthem on July 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Goebbels would be so proud.

kingsjester on July 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Sorry carney, I do not believe you any more than bho when both of you open your lying mouth!
L

letget on July 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Shut up, Carney Barker. You paid liar.

rayra on July 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

The ‘Boss’ doesn’t leak. He informs.

Limerick on July 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

James Spader really should go back to Hollywood. He’s just beclowning himself in Washington.

Bitter Clinger on July 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

the capital of israel question was a lot better.

lorien1973 on July 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Va-Jay-Jay.

pain train on July 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Guess Feinstein is a liar, eh “Hillary Rosen” Carney?

pat on July 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Of course we know the WH was involved. The news reports actually named the sources.

pat on July 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

What is PREPOSTEROUS is that anyone is looking any further than obama for someone to blame for these leaks. Clearly, obama directed his team to leak sensitive information to boost his image – Sweetie Pie CARNEY knows it, Old Hag FEINSTEIN knows it, E-V-E-R-Y-B-O-D-Y knows it!

Pork-Chop on July 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

PO’d yet? Good. Now get another 6% just as PO’d. That is what we are fighting. HA would be all humpbot ‘cept for the 6% that are holding out for America’s Got Talent.

Limerick on July 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

You Lie!

D-fusit on July 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Liar!

cmsinaz on July 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

This isn’t going away. Best they can hope for it to run out the clock past Nov. Assuming Barry loses the election, I’m interested in Mitt’s committment as regards pursuing the perps all the way to criminal charges. Not a bad question to ask him for an on the record answer.

a capella on July 26, 2012 at 4:52 PM

He has the gravitas of Harry Potter.

CorporatePiggy on July 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

No. He doesn’t have (even) the gravitas of Harry Potter.

oldroy on July 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Carney:

I know 3 separate things that are preposterous.

ToddPA on July 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM

He looked like he had butt hurt.He never did say yes or no.

docflash on July 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

When the President does it…it’s not a leak! – Carney

Varchild on July 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

It’s rude to call someone a lying sack of dog droppings so I’m not going to say anything.

Mason on July 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

These folks are so used to lying, they literally can say anything and they instantly believe it’s the truth.

There has to be some kind of mental disorder these people have.

Meople on July 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Am I the only one that reeeeally wants to give him an atomic wedgie?

Laura in Maryland on July 26, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Q: “Does the administration think Jerusalem or Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel?”

Carney: Uuuuuhhh.

Abby Adams on July 26, 2012 at 4:57 PM

When Diane Feinstein walked that back…

Is it just evidence that the White House is bulleying their own in a cover-up?

Yup…

The Rock on July 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

In the meanwhile, be veeeery surprised.

Obama is in full support.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2012 at 4:59 PM

“sooner or later it’s going to cost people their lives”

obama thought bubble, “How can I fund raise off of this?”

crash72 on July 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

“preposterous”

Good to see such an à propos and widely applicable term making a comeback. Go, preposterous!

Next up, “Git.”

Axe on July 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

….one wonders why they’re so eager to set themselves up for the embarrassment.

seriously? one needs a sense of decency to experience embarrassment.

oh and no one would report it anyway, when the embarrassing facts are uncovered. so it didnt happen. come on erika.

t8stlikchkn on July 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM

It would be preposterous to think any other President would put national security at risk. With this “Prez” it’s very posterous.

Marcus on July 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Opie is lost now that Andy is gone…

d1carter on July 26, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Sideshow Carney, I love watching him squirm when then press him. Sorta like when he wouldn’t say Jeruselam.

D-fusit on July 26, 2012 at 5:02 PM

“There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!”

Baghdad Bob

Dino V on July 26, 2012 at 5:02 PM

In fairness though, Jay Carney’s job sucks.

thirtyandseven on July 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Am I the only one that reeeeally wants to give him an atomic wedgie?

Laura in Maryland on July 26, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Hell No!

Naturally Curly on July 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

And we need to do the best we can to clamp down on it, because sooner or later it’s going to cost people their lives, or it’s going to cost us our national security. So it is important.”

That’s a warning shot over the bow of the White House.

ted c on July 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

the president is extremely busy doing the nations business and doesnt have time to leak.

t8stlikchkn on July 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I wish he was as outraged over the leaks themselves…

redshirt on July 26, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Congress needs to investigate and call Huma to the stand.

kingsjester on July 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Carney: These security leak allegations are “preposterous”

No, Jay, the security leaks are preposterous because it puts Americans lives and national security at risk. You PNGs are going to end up getting more people, in addition to Brian Terry, killed by these antics. Its selfishness to presume that the trouble you guys could potentially be in is a greater danger than that of a SEAL swimming out somewhere secret—and who should remain that way!

ted c on July 26, 2012 at 5:12 PM

It’s incontheeivable!

I do not think the word means what you think it does.

John the Libertarian on July 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I understand that Carney, Axelrod, et al. don’t want to allow anyone to impugn their boss’s honor

honor within this white house is like honor amongst thieves…..

ted c on July 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

taking transparency to a whole new level………..

RealMc on July 26, 2012 at 5:15 PM

After vehemently insisting that he isn’t going to comment on an ongoing federal investigation, Carney reverts back to the “absurd”/”preposterous” tack, making it sound as if it’s an insult of the highest order to even suggest that anyone in the White House might be involved for the sake of political gain.

This guy is nothing more than a puppet for the Obama regime’s Ministry of Propaganda.

The amazing thing is that Carney can even get the words out with Axerods’s hand shoved up his @ss.

jrgdds on July 26, 2012 at 5:17 PM

can we throw Jay Carney in the North Sea and have SEALs run the White House instead?…..

thoughts..

ted c on July 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM

“preposterous”

Good to see such an à propos and widely applicable term making a comeback. Go, preposterous!

Next up, “Git.”

Axe on July 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

When I see or hear preposterous embedded in a denial, my first thought is that the speaker is a liar. It’s almost too strong of a protest.

LetsBfrank on July 26, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Yay! It’s Obama’s last birthday party as POTUS!

John the Libertarian on July 26, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Can’t wait to see and hear the last of this insipid little puke.

We’re talking about Treason here.

Naturally Curly on July 26, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Carney Unable to Identify Capital of Israel

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/carney-unable-say-capital-israel_649019.html

crash72 on July 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Twerp

DaveDief on July 26, 2012 at 5:41 PM

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

novaculus on July 26, 2012 at 5:24 PM

THIS…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on July 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM

can we throw Jay Carney in the North Sea and have SEALs run the White House instead?…..

thoughts..

ted c on July 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM

I thought we had a trained one there now. Oh wait, you meant the Navy ones?

Barnestormer on July 26, 2012 at 5:49 PM

You have to hand it to the White House Press Corps! That all of them can sit through one of these Carney Clown College sessions while holding perfectly straight faces is a wonder to behold!

pilamaye on July 26, 2012 at 5:50 PM

You have to hand it to the White House Press Corps! That all of them can sit through one of these Carney Clown College sessions while holding perfectly straight faces is a wonder to behold!

pilamaye on July 26, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Frankly, I find it nauseating…

ladyingray on July 26, 2012 at 6:00 PM

is this dumba$$ channeling ‘Baghdad Bob’?
I miss him….. a lot more than I’ll miss this ‘court jester’.

keithofboston on July 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM

You have to hand it to the White House Press Corps! That all of them can sit through one of these Carney Clown College sessions while holding perfectly straight faces is a wonder to behold!

pilamaye on July 26, 2012 at 5:50 PM

90% of them think he’s a genius, and dutifully swallow every word. and take their dictation.

t8stlikchkn on July 26, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Really. If you truly believe that, then stop committing treason you disingenuous F*ck. Die in a fire. Go to hell, and get off my planet you useless piece of crap.

Wolfmoon on July 26, 2012 at 6:33 PM

When Diane Feinstein walked that back…

Is it just evidence that the White House is bulleying their own in a cover-up?

Yup…

The Rock

Feinstein knows what happens to folks who cross Obama.

xblade on July 26, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Let’s cut to the chase and strap Valerie Jarrett to a lie detector. Not that I think it would work. She’s not grounded in reality and lying is just part of her everyday personality.

GarandFan on July 26, 2012 at 6:40 PM

It’s a tough job sorting through all the lies and selecting the best.

mixplix on July 26, 2012 at 6:40 PM

When you are picking up flak you know you are over the target! OT when I was at lunch today, CNN was on and Wolf was talking about the Bin Laden raid, that will be recycled until election day.

rjoco1 on July 26, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Valerie Jarrett is the leaker, and she doesn’t go under any bus, -she puts others under the bus.

slickwillie2001 on July 26, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Carney Unable to Identify Capital of Israel

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/carney-unable-say-capital-israel_649019.html

crash72 on July 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Didn’t he actually refuse to answer that question?

Del Dolemonte on July 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Great Caesars Ghost when is the lsm going to stop protecting such fools?

tim c on July 26, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Carney is correct – it is preposterous for the White House to risk national security with leaks designed to make a sitting President look good in an election year. However, that’s not exactly the same as a cleanly worded flat out denial now is it?

ghostwalker1 on July 26, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Is Jay Carney willing to stake his life on it?

No telling, pardon the pun, what all of Obama’s celebrity friends have passed along to their friends, or what the movie producers just happened to bring up whilst lunching at Urasawa…pass the wasabi, please.

Obasma’s own personal disregard for OPSEC is already known.

Axelrod was circumspect when he replied that “Obama did not authorize” the leaks.

No, he just invited a lot of people to see the cool stuff at the White House or let them peruse files that should have never left the SCIF, let alone be the stuff of movie scripts to promote Obama’s sheer greatness.

Maybe Carney finally got a date with that cute little Greek-American girl he saw serving tables at Komi? (Or guy.)

coldwarrior on July 26, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Carney Unable to Identify Capital of Israel

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/carney-unable-say-capital-israel_649019.html

crash72 on July 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Oh, I think he knows that it’s Jerusalem. He (and the rest of the administration) just don’t like to admit it. He might have come up with an answer if the choices were “Tel-Aviv or Al-Quds”.

bofh on July 26, 2012 at 9:38 PM

bofh on July 26, 2012 at 9:38 PM

What a maroon.

Every Obamatron/Obamabot knows it is Mecca.

coldwarrior on July 26, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Isn’t it a matter of public record that the Vice President disclosed the identity of the SEAL team that killed Bin Laden? What more do we need?

Steven on July 27, 2012 at 6:50 AM

You have to hand it to the White House Press Corps! That all of them can sit through one of these Carney Clown College sessions while holding perfectly straight faces is a wonder to behold!

pilamaye on July 26, 2012 at 5:50 PM

90% of them think he’s a genius, and dutifully swallow every word. and take their dictation.

t8stlikchkn on July 26, 2012 at 6:26 PM

While the remaining 10% are practicing this ancient hardly-practiced-these-days concept that was once known as “honest, responsible, objective journalism.”

pilamaye on July 27, 2012 at 7:48 AM