Skip to comments.DID THE WHITE HOUSE GIVE CLASSIFIED BRIEFINGS ON LIBYA TO A FRIENDLY COLUMNIST?
Posted on 10/10/2012 7:41:35 AM PDT by barryobi
The Daily Caller reports that Peter King, the House Homeland Security Committee Chairman, is asking CIA director Gen. David Petraeus and White House national security adviser James Clapper to investigate whether a columnist for The Daily Beast received the same classified foreign policy briefings as President Obama. The Daily Beast columnist in question is Leslie Gelb, a crony of Joe Biden (back in 2006-07, they jointly pushed a plan for federalism in Iraq that amounted, in essence, to partition of the country).
Kings inquiry arises from Gelbs defense of Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., who disgraced herself by appearing on multiple Sunday talk shows to characterize the attack in Benghazi as a protest of a YouTube video and to claim that the attack was a spontaneous uprising. In fact, the attack was a planned and orchestrated affair and there was no protest. Moreover, the Obama administration knew that this was a planned terrorist attack within 24 hours of Ambassador Stevens death.
Gelb defended Rice by blaming the intelligence community. He wrote:
Her mistake was taking the initial intelligence at face value. The White House briefers made the same error, and so did I. I too repeated in an op-ed on The Daily Beast what the intelligence briefers told me.
Given this statement, and in light of the Obama adminsitrations history of leaking classified information, King presents Petraeus and Clapper with a series of questions:
Does Gelb have a security clearance and if so, at what classification level?
Did any employee or contracted employee of the Obama Administration and/or the U.S. Intelligence Community provide Gelb an intelligence briefing?
Did Gelb have access to intelligence also contained in the Presidential Daily Brief?
Was Gelb given finished intelligence products, or signals, imagery or human intelligence reports, of equal or lesser classification level than those provided to Ambassador Rice?
If disclosures of classified information to Dr. Gelb were authorized, was his publication of such intelligence also authorized?
If the disclosures were unauthorized, what penalties are in place to protect against such disclosures in the future?
That’s their style, I certainly wouldn’t doubt it. This administration is all politics and image, no substance.
This should be pursued all the way up and down the intelligence chain. And those responsible for disclosure of classified materials should be going to jail. I know there are FReepers with even higher security clearances and access than my TS/SCI, and we know we don’t get to pick and choose which parts of the nondisclosure agreement we comply with. There’s a reason for inbriefs and outbriefs, and for the requirement to sign an NDA each and every time we’re read in or out of a particular program.
More LEAKS? Not surprised here.
This Administration is all about ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT, no matter what the cost - with THEM running it, of course. . and what they do not understand is that no human being is capable of running it.
Practically a non-issue. Anyone who thinks that Bo and his gang have not leaked national security secrets to a hundred sources is clearly not a visitor of reality.
'One hand washes the other...' IS the Chicago way. Wasn't Biden 'helped' by organized crime and Unions during his first election?