Administration playing 'dangerous game' with intel leaks?
KT McFarland weighs in
- Duration 3:23
- Date Jun 8, 2012
KT McFarland weighs in
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My administration is playing -- quote dangerous game with these intelligence -- she's a Fox News national security analysts and she joins me now.
-- good to see what do you mean by that dangerous game.
Well when I was in the White House in the mid 1970s.
There were leaks that came out of the government -- came out of congress in that case and what happened.
Was -- sources and methods were revealed names were revealed of people we at a CIA station chief in Greece who was assassinated.
As a result of his name being leaked.
What happened in the CIA.
Was what they became demoralized.
Everybody took it out on the CIA so for a generation.
In the CIA we didn't focus on spies we didn't focus on human intelligence of people pointed to that period and said.
That's why we never saw al-Qaeda coming.
We never saw a bunch of guys in a cave in Afghanistan plotting to take down the Twin Towers so the ramifications.
Of this where sources and methods -- -- names are given out.
In a systematic pattern of leaking an event after event after -- -- what you could see is not just damaged with our foreign intelligence agencies.
And people informants who might want to cooperate with us abroad but we could see sources and methods and American lives in danger.
-- Senator Dianne Feinstein appeared to be pretty angry about it she said it's an avalanche of leaks.
Jeopardizing national security potentially endangering lives as you argue too.
The laudatory -- which the president was described.
It Biden then of recipients of the leaks in the media does that suggest to -- who did these -- -- were done for political purposes to enhance the president's stature and be they came from senior administration officials.
I mean if you look at -- there's a pattern of these leaks and why else of people week there's a who makes a present look very good looks pretty good for having gotten the money doesn't need.
To make the case and -- in a bigger way by giving operational details step by step by step.
How do we get a virus into the Iranian computers -- senator Feinstein is a woman who's a Democrat -- respected on both sides of the -- for her professionalism.
Bob gates former secretary of defense.
A man I shared an office within the 1970s.
When those leaks came out he so angry he went to the national security advisor said.
Look let's have a new communications strategy shut the blank up.
This is something that endangers lives and sources and methods and has -- far reaching effect on national security.
You know what I'm and sometimes you gotta be careful what you wish for in terms of special prosecutors independent counsel under Arafat.
Can we do all kinds of things including -- it led to Watergate didn't it.
When I was in the White House President Nixon was so upset.
About the leaks that he -- coming from his administration about the Vietnam War.
That that's set in motion the Watergate break in the cover up independent prosecutors and ultimately president.
Nixon's resignation leaks are -- bad business when they happen.
And they haven't and they did it take on a trajectory of their own that no one can anticipate so big -- -- What what you wish for this administration thinks by putting out.
Bigger details more details about the president's personal involvement.
It could turn out to come back and bite him because Americans are not gonna support a guy that they think is endangering national security to get a problem of -- Great point KT McFarland as always many things.