Classified information leaked for political purposes?
Lt. Col. Ralph Peters reacts
- Duration 5:41
- Date Jun 7, 2012
Lt. Col. Ralph Peters reacts
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-- news on our top story today a group of Republican and Democrat lawmakers today got together to express outrage over this recent spat of leaks.
That involved very sensitive national security information take a listen to what some of them said just moments ago on this listen to help.
All four of its.
Come for today and talk about the severity of these leaks.
I hope sends a very clear message.
About how dangerous.
This has become.
And it's not just an isolated incident and that's what has brought us together it seems to be a pattern that is growing worse.
And more frequent.
And the severity of the leaks are serious I had a meeting just yesterday with a series of officers from the agency and other agencies who do important work around the world on very difficult assignments.
And to the person.
And these -- the line officers these -- the folks -- we asked to leave their families and go to dangerous places to do really hard things the frustration.
And their inability to get a handle on this their inability to keep a secret.
Not just been this town and what it means here but what it means for their ability to conduct their work overseas.
This incredibly damaging.
This -- -- as serious a problem as I've seen I.
Retired lieutenant colonel Ralph Peters worked in military intelligence for much of his 22 years in the army.
He's a Fox News strategic analyst and also the author of -- at Gettysburg -- welcome good to have you here and today.
Great secret you -- you say this could not be more serious why.
This compromises sources and methods -- capabilities.
He compromises raw information.
You know I really think back to Watergate which is our benchmark scandal in Washington.
And no -- clown show operation.
And -- a lot of people went to jail and deservedly so.
Pattern of leaks in the Obama administration of grave national security leaks is vastly more serious what happened in Watergate.
But I'll tell you unless a number of people go to jail.
Nothing will change.
So -- -- backing senator McCain's claim that there needs to be an independent prosecutor.
That is someone needs to be brought in for the outside find out exactly who leaked all of this information on the computer buyers of stocks -- Program the days after the day of the been lot -- I should say.
All of this is out to think what you know is needed what happened that.
Yes absolutely that's a start.
Because you can't ask.
The criminals to investigate themselves or you can ask the leaguers in the White House he extended presidential office executive office of the president to investigate themselves.
You -- they say they had nothing to do it that's and they claim that it's it's grossly irresponsible to suggest that they debt.
Of course -- you know the best defense is a good offense but look every -- we've had.
Has been to Obama's advantage trying to portray him as a macho macho man which is kind of like portraying Woody Allen is Conan the barbarian.
Come -- -- this word from if it didn't originate with the White House or Democratic Party operatives.
Why are we hearing leaks about the disastrous effects of the reset with Russia of how we -- things with China a things have gone wrong in the Middle East now.
Everything has been portray Obama as a real stud or.
This is really shameful to undercut Israel for instance that leak.
Clearly to me clearly from the National Security Council level.
That the Israelis were authorized to clandestinely use.
Azerbaijani air bases for a strike in Iran they leaked out to stop Israel from doing it.
This administration hates Israel but that's another issue the bottom line -- National security information isn't a joke.
This these things have been -- can kill people we've seen this Pakistani doctor that the White House revealed his part.
In the been -- rate he's going to jail for at least 23 years for helping us.
It puts agents and dangers it puts multi billion dollar technological programs.
At risk -- cannot sufficiently stress.
The gravity of this situation and to their credit I think senator Chambliss senator Feinstein.
Are taking a healthy why is -- -- bipartisan approach either not the typical -- he's -- -- real legislators and their concern and again bottom line -- that nobody goes to jail.
Changes in -- credit really interesting that Robert Gates has been speaking out a lot he he is no longer in the administration.
He apparently spent -- David Sanger who was -- new book.
Out on this in and he claims he's of course the former Defense Secretary that he blasted the national security team in the Obama White House for -- thing.
The book -- I should say about the raid to kill -- -- lot.
Shut the blank op is apparently according to this book what gates told Tom -- -- who is now the national.
Security advisor and basically -- walked into his office according to this this report and said.
It his low key way I have a new strategic communications approach to recommend and then he went on to say shut up basically he seems very upset and he seemed to -- to get his story out there.
Well -- and an.
And Bob gates Secretary Gates is a taciturn man he is philosophy is there's a lot to be said for not saying a lot -- for -- for him to come out this strongly.
Means that tells me.
That the gravity of the damage done is even worse than we know what presence out.
Very much so Ralph Peters thank you very much very strong -- analysts -- are -- from here thank you sir.
My pleasure put him in jail.