Analysis

Concerns Grow About Seriousness of Intelligence Leaks
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) speaks to reporters after a closed door joint Senate and House Intelligence Committee meeting on June 7 with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on recent leaks to the press of sensitive U.S. intelligence. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
June 13, 2012
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| Middle East and North Africa, The Americas
Summary
The seriousness of the recent leaks of sensitive U.S. intelligence operations appears to be sinking in among members of Congress and has led to calls, so far mostly by Senate Republicans, for an independent investigation. While President Obama appears to have cover for now from Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Diane Feinstein to resist appointing a special counsel to investigate, this may soon change as her committee proceeds with its own investigation and faces a likely refusal by the administration to cooperate on executive privilege grounds.

Some in the media – such as former Harvard University Fellow and NBC reporter Marvin Kalb – have tried to play down the significance of a June 1, 2012 New York Times story that revealed sensitive details about an alleged covert intelligence operation codenamed “Olympic Games” to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program with computer viruses. Kalb maintains that reporters talk on background to reporters all the time and told Fox News on June 11 that this controversy “is as much about politics as it is national security.” 

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