June 6th, 2012
11:08 AM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) –The White House denied authorizing national security leaks and pushed back on criticism that the release of sensitive information was politically motivated. Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One as the president traveled to campaign events on the West Coast, spokesman Jay Carney called the latter charge, “grossly irresponsible.”
It was in direct response to criticism from Senator John McCain who called for an investigation into leaks of a U.S. cyber program aimed at Iran’s nuclear program and other recent reports of sensitive national security information.
“This administration takes all appropriate and necessary steps to prevent leaks of classified information or sensitive information that could risk ongoing counterterrorism or intelligence operations, Carney said. “Any suggestion that this administration has authorized intentional leaks of classified information for political gain is grossly irresponsible.”
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