Obama Official 'clams up' when asked about potentially disastrous information leaks
Leaks so egregious as to inspire a 'cyber-attack' from Iran
An investigation into potentially disastrous information leaks - so
egregious that they could give the nation of Iran a window of
opportunity to launch a cyber-attack upon the United States, was put to
White House adviser David Plouffe on "Fox News Sunday." Plouffe appeared
nonplussed and Plouffe and declined to answer two keys questions about
An investigation into potentially disastrous information leaks - so egregious that they could give the nation of Iran a window of opportunity to launch a cyber-attack upon the United States, was put to White House adviser David Plouffe on 'Fox News Sunday.'
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, (I-Conn.), on the same program put pressure on the administration over the situation by breaking with the president and calling for a special counsel to investigate. Lieberman says the two U.S. attorneys chosen from the Justice Department to investigate are "not enough" to avoid "any appearance of conflict of interest."
Plouffe urged lawmakers to let the current Justice Department investigation run its course. When asked if Obama would order any member of his administration who may have been involved in the leaks to come forward, Plouffe declined to say.
"Everyone is obviously going to participate in the investigation," Plouffe said. When asked the same question a second time, he gave the same answer.
Plouffe was twice asked if Obama would sit down for a full interrogation by investigators in this case. Plouffe put his hand up and curtly told host Chris Wallace: "I'm not going to answer his particular involvement right now, Chris."
He did offer a denial after being asked several times whether Obama authorized any of the leaks in question. "No, of course he didn't," Plouffe said, adding that the president has "zero tolerance for this kind of national security leak."
Fueling this fresh speculation were the publication of two New York Times stories. One was on the campaign of cyber-warfare against Iran and one on the president's involvement in approving the "kill list" of terror targets for U.S. drone strikes. There was also an Associated Press newsbreak on a foiled bomb plot out of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Fox News reports that the investigations are currently looking into the leaks on the anti-Iran campaign and the bomb plot.
Lieberman stressed the severity of these leaks, calling them the "worst in a long time." Lieberman, along with former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden said the leak about the cyber-campaign against Iran could invite a counter-attack.
"I think there's a danger that it may legitimize an Iranian or a terrorist counter-cyber-attack on us, because we did it," Lieberman said.
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