Today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, whose chief job is to deny that the sky is blue when the need presents itself, was unable to respond to a media request for a flat-denial of the administration’s involvement regarding serious national security leaks.
As we reported earlier this week, a prominent Democrat and leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, stated that it appears the White House itself is responsible for leaks of important classified information.
“I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein told a World Affairs Council forum.
The California lawmaker said she was certain that President Barack Obama, who receives a daily intelligence briefing, isn’t disclosing secret information, but she was uncertain about others at the White House.
As recently as last month, the President had no trouble flatly denying that his administration was responsible for the leaks:
“The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive. It’s wrong. And people I think need to have a better sense of how I approach this office and how the people around me here approach this office.”
It wasn’t just the President making such denials, Jay Carney himself stated:
“This administration takes all appropriate and necessary steps to prevent leaks of classified information or sensitive information that could risk ongoing counterterrorism or intelligence operations. Any suggestion that the White House has leaked sensitive information for political purposes has no basis in fact and has been denied by the authors themselves, as one of the authors of The New York Times story on Obama’s counterterrorism record said, ‘The notion that the White House prompted the story or controlled our reporting and writing is absurd.’”
But today, Carney fumbled his way around a request for a flat denial of the administration’s involvement. Fox News reporter Ed Henry, framed the question:
Henry: “Can you say flatly that nobody from the White House was involved in the national security leaks that are being investigated?”
CARNEY: “Well Ed as you know this is a matter being investigated by two experienced prosecutors. I can’t specifically speak about it. I can point you to the statements of the President, the statements I’ve made in the past about this, about the seriousness with which he takes this issue…”
This new approach of offering no denial, at the very least demonstrates a conflict between previous answers on the topic and recent answers, and at worst warrants further investigation into the source of sensitive national security leaks.
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