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President Barack Obama just hammered Republicans that had suggested in the past few days that his administration was purposefully leaking classified national security information for political gain. “The notion that my White House would purposely release national security information is offensive,” Obama said in an emotionally heavy response to a question at a press conference that dealt mostly with the economy. He added that it was “wrong” and said there was “zero tolerance for these kinds of leaks and speculation.”
Over the past few weeks, stories have detailed Obama’s “kill lists” for terrorists, his launch of a computer virus that hit Iran’s nuclear program and his administration infiltrating an Al Qaeda terrorist cell. They all give the impression of Obama being strong on national security.
That has prompted Republicans, even 2008 Republican presidential opponent John McCain, to level charges of political opportunity in a re-election year. He suggested that the leaks have come purposefully from the Obama administration.
“It is difficult to escape the conclusion that these recent leaks of highly classified information, all of which have the effect of making the president look strong and decisive on national security in the middle of his reelection campaign, have a deeper political motivation,” McCain said on the Senate floor Tuesday, according to Politico.
“The only conceivable motive for such damaging and compromising leaks of classified information is that it makes the president look good.”
McCain advocated bringing in a special prosecutor to root out the leaks. On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called McCain’s allegations “grossly irresponsible.”
But Wednesday on Fox News, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham leveled many of the same charges.
“I don’t think you have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out what is going on here,” he said.
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