Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee has confirmed that recent leaks of classified information has come directly from the White House.
“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 gives the typical disclaimer that she is "certain" Obama didn't leak it, despite the fact that the information leaked "coincidentally" made Obama look good during a brutal reelection campaign.
Remember, Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder, has refused to appoint an independent special counsel to investigate and instead assigned two U.S. Attorney's, who work for the Obama adminstration's DOJ, to investigate the leaks.
Via excerpts released for the speech Mitt Romney is delivering today, Romney addresses Feinstein's comments asking "What kind of White House would reveal classified material for political gain?"
This isn’t a partisan issue; it’s a national security crisis. And yesterday, Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, quote, “I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks.”
This conduct is contemptible. It betrays our national interest. It compromises our men and women in the field. And it demands a full and prompt investigation, with explanation and consequence. Whoever provided classified information to the media, seeking political advantage for the administration, must be exposed, dismissed, and punished. The time for stonewalling is over.
It is not enough to say the matter is being looked into, and leave it at that. When the issue is the political use of highly sensitive national security information, it is unacceptable to say, “We’ll report our findings after Election Day.”
Exactly who in the White House betrayed these secrets? Did a superior authorize it? These are things that Americans are entitled to know – and they are entitled to know right now. If the President believes – as he said last week – that the buck stops with him, then he owes all Americans a full and prompt accounting of the facts.
And let me be clear: These events make the decision we face in November all the more important. What kind of White House would reveal classified material for political gain? I’ll tell you right now: Mine won’t.