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John McCain: Security leaks coming from ‘highest levels’ of White House
The Hill ^ | 06/06/2012 | By Meghashyam Mali

Posted on 06/06/2012 9:14:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday blasted the Obama administration over the disclosure of classified intelligence operations, leaks he said came from the “highest levels” at the White House.

“This is the most highly classified information and it’s now been leaked by the administration at the highest levels at the White House and that’s not acceptable,” McCain said on CBS "This Morning."

On Tuesday, McCain said the Senate Armed Services Committee would hold hearings about leaks detailing a U.S. cyberattack against Iran’s nuclear program and called for a special counsel to investigate the matter. A report last week in The New York Times revealed how U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies used software viruses to disrupt work at an Iranian nuclear facility.

McCain suggested that the administration was leaking the information, which he called a “breach of national security,” to bolster Obama’s foreign-policy credentials ahead of November’s election.

“It makes the president look very decisive,” McCain said, “and it gives very little credit to the other men and women who make these things happen.”

“This puts American lives in danger, revealing our most highly classified operations both in cyberwar and in drones,” he said.

Senate Democrats have also expressed concerns about the leaks, but rebuffed suggestions that administration officials hope to gain politically from the disclosures.

“I just can’t believe that there’s a decision in any kind of a formal way to leak this kind of a thing,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said on Tuesday.

McCain said that even if the disclosures came from non-administration sources, White House officials should have refused to confirm sensitive, classified details to reporters.

“All they had to do was say ‘this is classified information and we won’t discuss it.’ And administration officials at the highest levels confirmed these facts, they obviously shouldn’t have done that.”

He warned that the leaks could harm American efforts against al Qaeda, which he said ways “making a comeback in Iran.”

The Arizona senator also said that the leaking of national security secrets had a “human side.”

“The doctor who helped us with eliminating [Osama] bin Laden, he was identified and shouldn’t have been. He’s now been sentenced to 33 years in prison,” he said.


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1 posted on 06/06/2012 9:15:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh, I am shocked...how could this be? With the high integrity of the Obama regime, this has to be a lie !!!! Propoganda I tell ya !!!


2 posted on 06/06/2012 9:17:16 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: EagleUSA
Well, I've always thought Hussein's White House was a leak - the kind people use Depenz for.
3 posted on 06/06/2012 9:18:26 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

Would you like to take back your comment ‘America has nothing to fear from an Obama administration’ now, senator?


4 posted on 06/06/2012 9:18:33 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

Gosh! Ya’ think, Juan???

*pffft....what a dumb@ss*


5 posted on 06/06/2012 9:18:56 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: SeekAndFind

If not Jarrett, then Brennan with Jarrett’s approval.


6 posted on 06/06/2012 9:21:14 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Sow the wind...reap the whirlwind!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“...and it’s now been leaked by the administration at the highest levels at the White House and that’s not acceptable,” McCain said...”
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OK, McCain, what the hell are the Congressional Repubs going to do about it??? Just more useless, impotent talk, or how about an investigation of Obama and his America-hating czars?? If this is true, it is A CRIME!


7 posted on 06/06/2012 9:21:26 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: SeekAndFind
It's a sure bet that Hussein doesn't care about the consequences of leaking this stuff.

He only cares about it keeping him in the White House.

Stupid piece of canine excrement.

I will never, ever recognize that worthless boil on the arse of humanity as my President, much less as Commander-in-Chief.

I'm telling you now, I will back into the voting booth, holding my nose, crossing my fingers and toes, and mark my ballot for Romney.

I would vote for a trained ape before I would vote for that damned socialist asshole: Obama.

8 posted on 06/06/2012 9:25:04 AM PDT by OldSmaj (I am an avowed enemy of islam and obama is a damned fool and traitor. Questions?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t Jimmy Carter leak the existence of the stealth fighter program in a desperate attempt to appear competent?


9 posted on 06/06/2012 9:27:39 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: SeekAndFind

When Muslim plants occupy WH, no secrets are safe and secure.


10 posted on 06/06/2012 9:28:14 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: SeekAndFind
I'm seriously worried about the national security damage the members of this administration will inflict on us once they're thrown out of office.

There's bound to be more Bradley Mannings collecting sensitive data to be released once they leave...and I mean Dem Party members in good standing.

11 posted on 06/06/2012 9:29:23 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: OldSmaj

Heck, I’d vote for an untrained ape.


12 posted on 06/06/2012 9:31:20 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: SeekAndFind

“I just can’t believe that there’s a decision in any kind of a formal way to leak this kind of a thing,”

Very clever statement. He’s not denying the possibility of high-level leaks, but merely the possibility that they are carefully planned.


13 posted on 06/06/2012 9:31:46 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: SeekAndFind

John McCain: Obama is “a decent person and a person you do not have to be scared of as President of the United States.”


14 posted on 06/06/2012 9:32:15 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: SeekAndFind
I thought John loved Obama and his gang of Communists. Didn't he roll over for them in 2008? What did he think he was running against?
15 posted on 06/06/2012 9:32:53 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: SeekAndFind
that’s not acceptable

No, what's not acceptable was McDon'tBeAfraidOfObama pimping for the usurper and leaving Palin to the wolves. How's that vetting going for ya now, McLame?

16 posted on 06/06/2012 9:34:18 AM PDT by bgill
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank god somebody said something about this travesty.


17 posted on 06/06/2012 9:35:15 AM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I would vote for a decomposing ape.


18 posted on 06/06/2012 9:36:28 AM PDT by Mr. K (I AM WRITING-IN PALIN/GINGRICH)
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To: SeekAndFind

“...that’s not acceptable,...”

I hate that phrase - it says nothing.

tough language is needed - traitorous, WH is enemy of the nation, legal action must follow, ...


19 posted on 06/06/2012 9:38:21 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: jjotto
John McCain: Obama is “a decent person and a person you do not have to be scared of as President of the United States.”

This was a de facto concession speech at one of his last campaign appearances.

I think Bill Clinton, who is acting as the President right now, is saying similar things abut Romney in a similar manner. Maybe Clinton, as Mr. Soetoro's surrogate, is throwing in the towel in a McCain-esque statement about Romney being a great businessman or "nice guy".

20 posted on 06/06/2012 9:38:47 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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21 posted on 06/06/2012 9:38:51 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Everyone knows this Johnny but do you have any PROOF? And if you do why aren’t you calling for arrests?


22 posted on 06/06/2012 9:39:54 AM PDT by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

Americans and innocent Arabs and Jews will die because of this treason at the highest level of this gov’t...


23 posted on 06/06/2012 9:40:50 AM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: SeekAndFind

We need to hold Romney’s feet to the fire to investigate, prosecute, and punish these traitors.


24 posted on 06/06/2012 9:41:42 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama is deperate - he knows he’s losing (badly) and is just rolling dice again and again - hoping against hope that something, ANYTHING will bring him back from the brink of a massive rout of the Demoncrats in November.


25 posted on 06/06/2012 9:41:45 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: SeekAndFind

In better days, people would be standing before a firing squad for this treasonous stuff.


26 posted on 06/06/2012 9:43:37 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: SeekAndFind

Really, John? I thought we had nothing to fear from Barak Obama in the White House.


27 posted on 06/06/2012 9:45:25 AM PDT by kevao
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