Does leak of foiled Al Qaeda bomb plot amount to treason?
Top senator calls for prosecution
- Duration 3:24
- Date May 14, 2012
Top senator calls for prosecution
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There's -- o'clock this morning from the leak of a Covert operation.
That derailed an ox hide a bomb plot that was aimed at US aircraft.
Senator Dianne Feinstein is now calling for a full investigation.
The chair of the Intel committee telling FOX News Sunday that whoever is behind that leak should be prosecuted.
Really did endanger sources and methods and the leak.
I think -- has to be prosecuted so.
The investigation is being done hopefully can be concluded and criminal charges will go to the Department of Justice.
Taking fire Fox News and.
National security analyst joins me now KT.
I -- say that this truly -- to treason vessel lake.
-- you know every administration complains and says -- we've got leaguers we don't want this information to get out.
This is really different -- why it's different for three reasons one it -- to al-Qaeda this is how we do things this is how we conduct intelligence operations against you.
It also -- telegraphed.
To the guy on the inside the family member of the tribal member -- thinking.
I may turn I may become a double agent it tells him we can't protect you.
York harbor may be blown.
And the third thing it does is it tells the foreign intelligence agencies in this case the saudis and the brits who really it was -- operation -- -- our preparation.
It tells them that we cannot protect them.
We cannot keep their names and their involvement out of the front pages of the newspapers so what does this do.
Award it's different this doesn't mean we -- -- and browns -- satellites to give us intelligence we need a guy on the inside we need that tribal member of a family member the person who was in the room when they're making these.
When they're making bomb plots when they're deciding how to assemble these things are -- has averaged.
And if we jeopardize our ability to be in that room we jeopardize our ability to see the next lot and the next one so why -- real issue whether it's the and a lot -- Raid and all the information that came out about that after the fact or it's this one we are talking wait too much and we are letting the whole world now.
Things that really are better off.
For our own protection -- -- kept secret I -- it seems that there's is somebody who wants to get credit for some of these things that are there are happening.
And that may be leading to some of this but as you point out damage control is essential we want to move forward with these relationships.
Would be a way to send that message right.
-- the problem is that is very good account for an administration to investigate itself.
You know I look at this -- the doctor is just tells you you've got cancer.
You know you've beaten at this time we had a great and successful treatment that -- -- our ability to treat you again next time it comes back.
Is really jeopardized by this and and I think -- -- you know you'll never know who to blame you'll never know what went wrong but the problem was we -- -- our ability to gather intelligence.
And -- prosecute.
People in the future because of all these leaks and -- -- man.
Political reasons RS and saving American lives back getting votes at the next election and -- pat yourself on the back for an incredible operation and yet.
It diminishes your ability to carry out others in the future.
Kati thank you for your insight is always good to see you thanks --