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The Obama administration is disputing these claims that it actually leaked intentionally a string of national security secrets from reporters.
For its own political -- Republican Senator John McCain speaking out pretty harshly about and demanding an investigation.
Calling for a prosecutor to examine the White House's role in those leaks listen.
The only conceivable -- motive for such damaging.
And compromising leaks of classified information.
Is that it makes the president look good.
White house Press Secretary Jay Carney firing back saying that.
Any suggestion that this administration authorized intentional leaks of classified information for political gain.
Is grossly irresponsible.
-- now Republican senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina member of both the Senate Armed Services Committee.
And the Senate Budget Committee senator welcome.
Thank you -- and we appreciate you being here on this.
Senator McCain's pretty fired up -- this issue is actually cross the aisle now there are Democrats who want to get to the bottom of this.
Explain exactly what happens.
Well in about the last thirty to 45 days have been three -- -- with White House sources senior officials confirming these stories.
One has to do without about the disrupted plot and -- and you.
Where they had a double agent inside day al-Qaeda cell.
That was able to basically exposed to new technology that would have made it very difficult.
Stop and underwear bomber attacked tourists and that's kind of classified.
-- less like big time classified.
You talk about a double agent having ties to Saudi -- -- so that's made our relationship and Great Britain much more difficult because.
They don't want to read about any help they're giving us some hard times.
You have a story about a cyber attack that supposedly took place a year or two ago.
And now spinning out five months for the election about how we're sharing technology -- Israel and how we're going after the Iranian nuclear program.
Through cyber attack that was a year too old and then -- our.
One at the special agent you have the information on that it at but you also have the fact that President Obama says he must approve every drones yeah.
All right -- if those are generally classified.
Items but they are the White House would say feathers in the president's cap.
Opt for a good and positive result from some of those then how should a candidate running for reelection.
Boast about accomplishments.
Well I don't remember anybody running for reelection in World War II talking about how we use double agents.
I don't believe this in our national security interest to disclose information about cyber attack against a line.
And sharing that technology with Israel I don't think it's ever did.
To -- -- allies to.
Two their programs and their systems being offered the united states of New York Times I think this the most devastating advance our national security.
Dianne Feinstein her great credit to say that lives put at risk.
So you can boast about getting bin -- you can say that drone attacks have been successful.
And I would say yes you're right did a good job with bin Laden contacts had been successful.
But these three stories paint a picture of a strong national security -- that.
To the detriment of our national security.
Programs so I think he's done intentionally it sounds like you feel this is all we've got if we.
Give up these secrets that we can't protect our national security that's a concern for everyone what are you gonna do about.
Well we're -- have an investigation -- and be a bipartisan investigation about how did these stories get out the White House this is.
A blow up blow description of what -- what went on in the situation room these are very detailed stories in the -- writing a book.
About how we target people for drone attacks what we did on the cyber in the -- area against Ryan.
And this this whole idea about the Pakistani -- being helpful to us why does that have to be in the paper.
We're taking it very difficult.
For anybody to help his future and senator you've given it great contacts today thank you so much for commenting on the story giving us your point of view.
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