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Feinstein suggests White House leaked intel

By AP Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Monday thatthe White House appears to be responsible for some leaks of classified information.

"I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks," Sen. Dianne Feinstein told a World Affairs Council forum.

The California lawmaker said she was certain that President Barack Obama, who receives a daily intelligence briefing, isn't disclosing secret information, but she was uncertain about others at the White House. "I don't believe for a moment that he goes out and talks about it," she said.

Republicans have criticized the disclosures, arguing that members of the Obama administration were intentionally leaking classified material to enhance the president's reputation in an election year.Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed two attorneys to lead the investigation into who leaked information about U.S. involvement in cyberattacks on Iran and about an al-Qaida plot to place an explosive device aboard a U.S.-bound airliner.

That hasn't satisfied some Republicans who have pressed for a special prosecutor.

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.

Separately, the Pentagon announced that it was taking new steps to try to clamp down on leaks of classified information, saying unauthorized disclosures undermine national security and in some cases rise to the level of criminal acts.

Pentagon press secretary George Little said Panetta has ordered him to join the Pentagon's top intelligence official in monitoring all "major, national level" news media reports for unauthorized disclosures of secrets.

Panetta also reiterated guidance issued by his predecessor, Robert Gates, that the Pentagon's public affairs office should be the only source of defense information provided to the news media in Washington.

Feinstein said her committee would meet Tuesday to craft legislation that would address the leaks of classified information, including additional authorities and rules to stop the leaks.

Her comments came as U.S. officials said the number of people with access to some of the nation's most carefully guarded secrets topped 4.86 million in 2011.

That's up from 4.7 million people granted security clearances the year before, likely reflecting new hires approved by Congress as part of expanded clandestine operations in the Obama administration.

The latest intelligence report to Congress also corrects previous figures, to reflect new guidance that everyone with access to such information be counted — even if they never used the data or no longer hold a job that requires the clearance.

Clearance levels range from confidential to secret to top secret. Top secret clearances in 2011 numbered 1.4 million, down slightly from 1.43 million the year before.

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  1. swanComment by swan
    July 24, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    1.4 million TOP SECURITY clearances???? That does not sound very “secure” at all. Sheesh, I had no idea.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      July 24, 2012 @ 9:25 am

      swan, you have to understand that many of those with top security clearance are in the military and need to communicate among themselves with top secret information. But in today’s society there are those who will do anything for personal gain or attention. When an Army private has the ability to steal military secrets and pass them on to a publisher for release to the public, it is probably time for the intelligence community to rethink the procedures for granting security clearances.

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  2. clarkentComment by clarkent
    July 24, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    It’s funny how this Administration can find out every little detail about Romney, but they can’t find out who is leaking info.

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  3. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    July 24, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    During my 20 years in the Air Force I was an electronics technician, primarily tasked with maintaining radios used for voice communication. Because I might work on equipment that encrypts signals, or might hear certain information on a particular frequency, or because I knew the frequencies of radio channels used in ‘sensitive’ missions, I was given a SECRET security clearance.

    I am pretty much aware of the depth of the background check that was performed to qualify me for that clearance.

    I am also aware that Barack Obama could never have passed it …

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    • Mort_fComment by Mort_f
      July 24, 2012 @ 11:25 am

      I hope that you understood that your Secret clearance was superceded by ‘need to know’, a fundamental in security matters, But you are correct, I also doubt if Obama could qualify for that lowest of classifications, ‘For Official Use Only’.

      Rather wonder what makes Sen Feinstein so ‘certain’. A synonym for ‘positive’. There is an old adage, ‘only a fool is positive’.

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  4. willyrhoComment by willyrho
    July 24, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    If you start with the knowledge that Obama is not a USA citizen and was put in office by the World Communist Party and the Russians assisted in that accomplishment, none of What Obama does is a surprise, it is a plan being implemented.

    Why give up the Missiles in Poland without anything from the Ruskies? Why in an Open mike does Obama say, “tell Vladimir (Putin) that I have my last election soon and I can’t give him everything he wants”. Response from the Rusky Commie. “I understand, I will tell him”. Traitorous, ILLEGAL ALIEN IN CHIEF, Bas__Tard.

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      July 24, 2012 @ 10:05 am

      When does the trial for TREASON start!

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  5. mguy04Comment by mguy04
    July 24, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Isn’t it funny that in thirty-six hours, our elite MSM has dug up SO MANY facts about the life of the movie shooter Holmes, and yet after more than FOUR YEARS, we STILL have never seen Obama’s high school transcripts, his college transcripts, his law school transcripts, his passport application, his travel history, his marriage license, the people he smoked dope with, the people he did cocaine with, etc, etc.; you get the gist!

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      July 24, 2012 @ 11:55 am

      Does seem rather ironic, doesn’t it?

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    • cdrcodyComment by cdrcody
      July 24, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

      No it doesn’t, that SOP for the media. White wash (oops, that’s racist)– black wash everything that obama does and says.

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  6. calharComment by calhar
    July 24, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    SO ERIC HOLDER has appointed two of his picks to investigate the White house leaks??This makes about as much sense as appointing a lier to ivestigate a lier.

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  7. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    July 24, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    diane frankenstien could not find her butt with both hands,she gonna find an information leak? WHATTTTT EVERRRRR.

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    • downdraftComment by downdraft
      July 25, 2012 @ 11:23 am

      BUT THIS IS WHAT IS MOST FRIGHTENING…WE ARE BLIND PEOPLE!

      General Bill Gann’ USAF (ret.) asked Obama to explain WHY he doesn’t follow protocol when the National Anthem is played.

      The General stated to Obama that according to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171…

      During rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present (except those in uniform) are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Or, at the very least, “Stand and Face It”.

      NOW GET THIS !

      ‘Senator’ Obama replied:

      “As I’ve said about the flag pin, I don’t want to be perceived as taking sides”. “There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression..” “The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing.”

      (ARE YOU READY FOR THIS???)

      Obama continued: “The National Anthem should be ‘swapped’ for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song ‘I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing’. If that were our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as ‘redesign’ our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It’s my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails – - – perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments ……”

      When I become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice which is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past”.

      “Of course now, I have found myself about to become the President of the United States and I have put my hatred aside . I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new path. My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country’s First black Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America ”

      IMPEACH THE BAS-****!

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  8. noveldogComment by noveldog
    July 24, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    What leak? It is not a leak if they deliberately put it out to make folks think Obama is a great guy. It is only propaganda. It is the right of the Democrats to lie, steal, buy votes, and intimidate when they need to. They only want to make us their slaves. Don’t you want to be one of their slaves? They will do your thinking, planning, and if you have too much money they will take it off your hands with some new taxes. They will look out for you from cradle to grave. They will decide if you should be allowed to be born. They will also decide when and how you should die. That is fair isn’t it? After all you are just an empty headed slave marching to the pied pipers tune…..if you are a Democrat?

    Have a nice day all.

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  9. memawComment by memaw
    July 24, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    Obama doesn’t go out and talk about it? For a second, I thought the lady had grown a brain. Obama grabs a microphone and tells about it if he thinks it has some political gain.

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  10. George KafantarisComment by George Kafantaris
    July 25, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    “Take care of your pennies and your dollars will take care of themselves.”
    Or, “take care of the country and your reelection will take care of itself.”
    The wisdom of this was missed by the President’s handlers who also misjudged the savvy of the independent voters. Why else would they have bombarded them with dumbed down TV ads?
    Somebody should have told them that these folks are sitting on the fence for a reason, and it is not a lack of foresight.
    Indeed, it takes more foresight to figure out things yourself than to merely follow one herd or the other. And deciding the things you care about does take time.
    Yet, independent voters also need help. Though they do not blame the President for all of the country’s problems, or expect him to solve them overnight, they do expect him to stay on the task day by day.
    Yes, honest effort is what they want, but they are not seeing it lately. Perhaps this is because the President’s handlers are too worried about losing their jobs to let him do his. But he is the President and he should get them all out of his way to focus on running our country.
    Besides, keeping his nose on the grindstone might be the best way to convince the independents that he should get more time to finish out the job.

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