Friday, June 08, 2012

NY Daily News Angry Over Obama's "Selected" Leaks

The New York Daily News, the nation's fourth largest circulation newspaper, is bothered (and rightly so) about the White House leaking large amounts of America's important secrets while making sure that other matters which should be made public are held back.

But for Team Obama, politics trumps national security every time.

Here's a few excerpts from the newspaper's editorial, "The Obama administration is keeping open secrets."

On the one hand, the Obama administration, citing national security, asserts that the American public has little right to know anything, even after the fact, about a drone campaign that has killed many Al Qaeda terrorists.

On the other hand, the administration has turned into a veritable sieve on a range of sensitive national security matters…

The selectivity — or, less charitably, hypocrisy — must stop...

Serious questions have even been raised about whether movie producers were given exclusive and inappropriate access to information about the Osama Bin Laden kill.

What makes these disclosures especially glaring: The administration has been particularly vigorous in prosecuting leaks — bringing six cases under the Espionage Act alone, part of what expert Gabriel Schoenfeld calls “the most draconian crackdown on leaks in our history — even more so than Nixon.”

There is a strange disconnect between the fervor of these efforts and the enthusiasm of high-level disclosures.

On Wednesday, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, expressed what has become a common frustration on Capitol Hill:

“What we’re seeing is . . . an avalanche of leaks. And it’s very, very disturbing. You know, it’s dismayed our allies. It puts American lives in jeopardy. It puts our nation’s security in jeopardy.”