Growing concern over national security leaks in Washington
Sen. McCain demands White House investigation
- Duration 4:16
- Date Jun 6, 2012
Sen. McCain demands White House investigation
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New calls now for the Obama administration investigated recently -- classified information.
On these US intelligence operations Republican Senator John McCain.
Blasting the administration specifically pointing to a New York Times article last week.
On the president's secret decision to accelerate cyber attacks on Iran's nuclear facility saying that those leaks or all out to make the president look good.
He -- farmers -- Fox's national security analyst KT Senator McCain he was.
Caught on fire on us yeah is he on target yeah I'm a part of three administrations I've been in the White House leaks are par for the course and you can't expect him.
But this is something very different.
Because where there's a systematic pattern here and we haven't been heard about operational details sources and methods on at least four or five.
Intelligence operations first about the bin Laden -- -- secretary Bob gates secretary of defense came out after -- said gee I thought in the White House situation room we agreed we weren't gonna give out these details.
But the next day they were in a front page of the New York Times there's the most recently there was the underwear bomber the new underwear bomber.
Which was a sting operation what are a lot of details.
Including who -- the operatives what happened how did it go down.
And and potentially that that operation having been completed before the leafs came so clearly there is intent behind these stories while I mean -- these -- these writers and I just making a lot I don't know if there is out there isn't cat and there's a lot of -- detail in them and what seems to be the pattern is there's a leak that comes out of Washington or the administration and then the administration.
Brief side gives out an awful lot of operational details particularly a cyber where you just put up that may happen.
Where the out New York Times had a lot of information.
About the -- -- and -- -- nuclear activities in -- projects.
That really only came from intelligence sources this is not the first time that you see in the stuff in the paper bread.
-- specifically on that point Kate yeah I was called stuffs that I -- there's been all this speculation for two years now as to who created who carried it out.
Had a lot of people thought it was the Israelis.
It because the effectiveness of that soft for infiltration -- that program that is a set it back a minimum of six months.
It is is there any advantage.
To the United States government or national security.
To put that information -- take claim for.
Robert -- aesthetically I suppose the -- the administration thinks the president looks strong.
And it's gonna get him votes he's gonna look like a tough back here of the disadvantages and these are threats demands national security of United States of America.
Number one any.
Intelligence agency report country's gonna look at best these leaks in the front pages of the newspapers -- -- -- can cooperate with the United States but they're gonna blow our sources and methods anybody who's thinking of becoming an informant to the United States to the CIA he's got to say.
She -- they protect are they gonna.
-- I hear experience that you surrender then.
You know -- all this stuff up you don't wanna let sources and methods you don't wanna put people in a position where they're picked up like doctor -- -- and Pakistan he's now.
But in prison but the other reason you don't do it and particularly -- this -- don't do it.
Is because intelligence is the key.
To defeating Islamic extremism why.
Because satellites don't see this stuff it's a bunch of guys in a cave were plotting to take down the Twin Towers you only find out that information with human intelligence.
And what we're blowing and with all these leaks is human Intel will -- about the design on the you're pointing out a pattern here why is that.
Get a lot of these -- is that because the administration is trying to make the president look like he's a top national security president.
Because they don't have any other gardeners have been moderate -- the only thing that the president has done successfully in foreign policy -- falling apart.
Iran is as an expansionist country on the verge of getting nuclear weapons are rock.
Is now at a rainy an ally not a strong US ally at Afghanistan is not going very well at all.
And China's becoming a dominant power in the South China -- all these things are failures on the part of it -- administration either see -- coming.
To taking steps to prevent them or to do things very differently in their policies they've not done any of these things the one thing that's worked -- bin -- that's the thing to keep linking.
KT thank you to --