Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 1:55:03 pm
This is a good example of the difference between Democrats and Republicans, because a Republican would never say something like this about one of their own, knowing how it would be used by the opposition: Feinstein: Someone at White House Is Behind Recent Intel Leaks.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday that someone at the White House was responsible for the recent leaks of classified information.
“I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Feinstein said in an address at the World Affairs Council, The Associated Press first reported.
Feinstein said she was certain that President Obama had not disclosed any of the classified intelligence, but believed others in the administration were responsible.
“I don’t believe for a moment that he goes out and talks about it,” she said of the president.
Mitt Romney immediately latched onto this as an anti-Obama talking point, of course, and now Feinstein is walking it back.
Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) backtracked from her comments Monday that the White House was responsible for some of the national security leaks, saying she did not know the source of the leaks.
“I stated that I did not believe the president leaked classified information,” Feinstein said in the statement on Tuesday. “I shouldn’t have speculated beyond that, because the fact of the matter is I don’t know the source of the leaks.”
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney seized on Feinstein’s remarks in a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention Tuesday, accusing President Obama of not trying to find the source of the leaks until after the election.
Feinstein said that she regretted her comments were being used against Obama and said she was “disappointed” in Romney’s remarks.
What did she expect?