Republicans in Congress are accusing President Barack Obama of intentionally leaking information on national security policy in order to boost his credibility as a tough warrior president ahead of November elections.
Both the FBI and the Senate have launched preliminary investigations into the administration’s leaks which appeared in two articles in the New York Times, one on Obama’s “kill lists” in the drone war and the other on U.S.-Israeli cooperation on a computer virus that targeted Iranian computers.
Senator John McCain charged Obama with leaking confidential information for purely political reasons in the run-up to his reelection campaign to, as he said, “paint a portrait of the president of the United States as a strong leader.”
Senator Saxby Chambliss, Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on Tuesday that “with each leak, our allies are left to wonder how much they can trust us with their secrets. Some in the administration have decided that scoring political points in an election year outweighs intelligence operations.”
Presidential kill lists accompanying a secret, unaccountable drone war as well as the use of cyberterrorism against a non-threatening nation are seriously dangerous policies of Executive overreach and of questionable legality. Amazingly, these accusations and inquiries are concerned with the administration’s leaks of these policies, as opposed to their very existence.