White House calls attacks on leaks “grossly irresponsible”
June 6th, 2012
11:08 AM ET

White House calls attacks on leaks “grossly irresponsible”

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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  1. sonny chapman

    Repubs., even John McCain, can't stop themselves from trying to score political points against Dems. on Foreign Policy. Even Post Bush.

    June 6, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • Mark

      And what if it's true, DEFINATELY a possibility.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • marine1978

      What policy?

      June 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • John

      Both sides are pointing at the Whitehouse on this...

      June 7, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • bob

      Obama will sell his soul to the devil to be re-elected. Even giving up our national secrets.

      June 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
      • Bob

        What an ignorant, uninformed, and totally BS statement.

        Let's see, wasn't it bushes Wh that outed a CIA agent, destroyed her network of operatives, JUST FOR PAYBACK AGAINST HER HUSBAND?

        They threw :"Scooter" under the bus to save themselves, and told lies the whole time.

        June 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  2. critical thinking

    I guess when President Obama said he was going to have the most transparent government, he was only referring to our top secrets. BO MUST GO

    June 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • RealityBites

      So transparent that Obama is now ordering reporters to use government-issued software and other equipment to access the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, perhaps even a violation of free-speech laws.
      Not that CNN has yet to complain. Or that Obama is manipulating the data for political reasons(eyes rolling)

      June 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  3. JP

    “grossly irresponsible.” Pretty much sums up the Obama Presidency.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Bob

      Sums up your mothers sexual past doesn't it?

      Ever figure out who your sperm donor was?

      June 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
      • not Bob

        Great comeback. Were you named for Bob down on it?

        June 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
      • PC0909

        That's uncalled for, and totally off topic.

        June 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  4. wills

    Johhny, Johny, Johny, what are you now the newest on the payroll from Fox?? They are a funny funny bunch of guys & gals. Gretta says, Everything Sucks & Everything Blows, The let not yer heart be twoubled says, its my turn to say Everything sucks & Everything blows, then two ton Treason Morris says, Its my turn....... What a funny funny bunch of Doom & Gloom Idiots!!! Fair & Ballenced. Stupid ass Biased People!!!!!!

    June 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • John

      Willis. Every day we see a post about Fox from a lefty like you and we NEVER GET EXAMPLES, just hate (of Fox) from people like you. To top it off you spew something about Fox and Greta not likeing something? What are you talking about? You say this in the same week that MSNBC has people crying on the air? On the same week MSDNC tells everyone that democracy is over in this country? People like you hate Fox for no apparent reason? How about MSDNC this morning trying to defend the Times? Even they had to finally admit how bias the Times really is. You libs have always been a laughing stock. Now you have news programs to promote the fact...

      June 7, 2012 at 8:52 am |
      • FLIndependent

        People like you are so brainwashed by Fox that you can't see any other way. Please explain why when Bush was President everything he did smelled like roses according to Fox but anything this President does stinks to high heaven. If that isn't biased I don't know what is and why you all can't see that. Face facts – no President is perfect and our government will never, ever be close to perfect so there will ALWAYS be something negative that can be blown out of proportion depending on which side you are promoting. As far as MSNBC, they may be the so called "liberal" media but believe me they are just as interested in making this a horse race as any other network for the ratings. It is up to each one of us to try to find the truth and make our own judgments and not depend on these pundits.

        June 7, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  5. Severely Moderate

    Republicans are annoyed that President Obama is achieving so much on foreign policy at a minimal cost.

    The only strategy they know is war – against Iraq, Afghanistan, Lybia, Iran, or Russia.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Craig

      "so little cost"? Obama's spending? 5.7 trillion in less than 4 years, compared to less than 4.9 trillion during 8 years of Bush's presidency. 538 billion in defense spending during 2012 alone. Obama raised the deficit more than any other president. The National Debt also now exceeds 100% of the nation's Gross Domestic Product, the total value of goods and services. Obama's new budget projects 20+ trillion by 2016, an increase of nearly 87% since he took office – and 25.9 trillion debt by 2022. What did Obama accomplish? 47% of all Americans are on government subsidy, with 21 million households dependent on food stamps. As of Aug 2011, more than 16.7% of all African Americans (96% of whom voted for Obama) were unemployed (helped them out, didn't he?). Bush's worst unemployment rate was 7.8% (during the last month), but under Obama, the unemployment rate has never gotten DOWN to 8%.

      June 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
  6. marine1978

    Wills answer me this: on whose watch did wikileaks occur? Who is co-operating with a movie producer to give them classfied material on killing Bin Landen and Seal Team 6 to make a movie? As usual when people like you get on here you just insult Republicans because you have nothing intelligent to say.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • frknight

      On who's watch did 911 occur? And which was worse?

      June 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
      • bob

        100% of the planning for 911 took place on bill clintons watch. Bill Clinton had at least two chances to get OBL and turned it down because he didn't want to offend the moooslim world. Get your facts straight clown.

        June 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
      • Bob


        100% of the planning for 911 took place on bill clintons watch. Bill Clinton had at least two chances to get OBL and turned it down because he didn't want to offend the moooslim world

        Completely FALSE. Turn off Rush, he's rotted your mind.

        June 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
      • Steveo

        I have a couple of questions for you, my friend.

        1. On whose watch did the very FIRST World Trade Center attack occur?
        2. On whose watch did the attack on the USS Cole occur?
        3. On whose watch did the attacks on US embassys occur?
        4. Who conducted an air war over Bosnia?

        You remember the old saying about pointing a finger at others when there are three pointing back at you?

        June 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
      • Suyanto

        There's this story last night on CNN A Czech artist made an inlsatlation that is on exhibit at the EU office, as tribute to Czech Republic's EU presidency. It roused negative reactions because the artwork showed stereotypes of the EU member nations:Italy was shown as a football nation.Romania was represented by Dracula.Bulgaria was represented by squat toilets.France was represented by a banner with the word Greve! written on it, symbolizing the labor unions.For Poland, a priest was raising the Rainbow Flag.Denmark was made of LegoAnd the funniest was UK. It had an empty space for UK, depicting the country's aloofness from the mainland Europe.Hahaha.

        September 8, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • jean2009

      If the cyber warfare leak first appeared in the New York Times isn't that newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch owner of Fox News? Doesn't David Sanger work for he New York Times? Well we all know what Rupert Murdoch is capable of...just look at the phone hacking scandal.

      June 7, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  7. Dee

    Ths President is successful with a new technique to get rid of terroist who are a threat to our national security and getting nuclear weapons in their hand, then he is criticized once again by the GOP for being successful. This is just why they were not told about Osama Bin Ladin.

    This operation saves the lives of our american troops and they are upset because they didn't come up with the Drone idea. McCain and the rest are so antiquated they need to come into the 21st century technology is powerful and this is where President Obama excells.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • fred

      The drones were used during Bush's presidency as well.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
      • mcskadittle

        funny republicans are quick to give credit but try blaming him for something and they go nuts

        June 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
      • Steveo


        That is only 1/2 the story. Remember when the stock market ticked up about 6 weeks ago? You guys were stumbling all over yourselves to high five the president. Now that it is ticking downward, it sounds as if I am on a camping trip! Nothing but crickets! Credit when up but no blame when down? Sorry but it can't be both ways.

        June 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
      • FLIndependent

        With very little success...why didn't Bush get Bin Laden? He had 8 years to do so. Obama did it in less than two.

        June 7, 2012 at 9:38 am |
      • jean2009


        June 7, 2012 – Dow, 12414.79, Up 286.84 (2.37%)

        Dow Jones close Jan. 20, 2009

        Stock Market Closing Prices – 1/20/09

        Dow Jones Industrial Average ( DJIA ) Close – 7949.09 Down 332.13
        Enough said?

        June 7, 2012 at 11:05 am |
      • jean2009

        @Steveo unless you want to quibble this is where the stock market set on the date George W. Bush took office in 2001.

        1/20/2001 – 10,587.59


        June 7, 2012 at 11:22 am |
      • Steveo


        @Steveo unless you want to quibble this is where the stock market set on the date George W. Bush took office in 2001.

        1/20/2001 – 10,587.59
        AND? Since that was day one, what you're showing us all is what Clinton left! Thank you


        June 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
      • Steveo



        June 7, 2012 – Dow, 12414.79, Up 286.84 (2.37%)

        Dow Jones close Jan. 20, 2009

        Stock Market Closing Prices – 1/20/09

        Dow Jones Industrial Average ( DJIA ) Close – 7949.09 Down 332.13
        Enough said?

        Are you crediting the president for this rise? If you are, he gets the blame when it goes down!

        June 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Stock market up 300 pts. the day after the bellweather vote in Wisconsin? Hmmm, just a thought.

        Stock market drop in '01–consequence of astronimical rise and bubbles under Billary's watch, not to mention the .com/software bubble generated by the Y2K "scare." Further drops due to 9/11, again as pointed out, planned while Billary was staining dresses.

        June 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
      • jean2009

        Yes Steveo
        When Clinton left office the stock market was 10,587.59
        When George W. Bush left it was 7,949.09
        The stock market has been going up since George exited.
        Today at 4:30 it was at 12,460.90

        June 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
      • jean2009

        @C-LO The Dow was at 12,580.61 on May 29, 2012..FYI.that wouldn't have been due to Walker.


        June 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Lizzie

      Funny all the ones are killed are terrorists not a civilian in sight, now your are guilty by association, don't get me wrong I'm all for it, no questions on guilt or not guilty, just dead, more humane then water boarding

      June 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • fred

      As I said, Bush used drones as well. The politics is leaking the information – that is what McCain is talking about not the fact they are using them. Even the MH very liberal is questioning Obama playing Judge/Jury/Executioner – but I personnally don't have a problem with him doing this as long as it is the "real" enemy of the USA.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • fred


        June 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
      • bob

        obama voted 3 times while in the senate AGAINST the policies and procedures that eventually caught up to OBL. Then takes credit for the take down. The real credit goes to bush for implementing the policies and to the CIA and Seal team for making it happen.

        June 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  8. Lizzie

    Deny, deny, deny and demand proof.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  9. Pam

    A national security leak? You mean like identifying a CIA agent's name cause you don't like her husband telling people that there is no yellow cake in Iraq cause you still want to invade that country so your big oil buddies can have a piece if Iraqi oil pie? If ever there was a political agenda tied to a national security leak.........

    June 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Tars523

      Was it not Richard Armitage who outed the alleged CIA agent? Armitage a Dem right?

      June 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
      • Steveo

        Come on now! You're presenting FACTS! You should by now know many here are allergic to facts!

        June 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
      • TNPatriot

        uhhh NO!!!! Armitage is NOT a Democrat, he had been a GOOP operative for many many years. And dubya made sure he was never charged with treason because He knew that Cheney was behind the leak. Yep, FACTS are inconvenient aren't they.

        June 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
      • jean2009

        Actually it was Robert Novak, Richard Armitage "did not know of Valerie Plame's undercover status, or the classified nature of her work"...but from the administration I would finger Rove, Libby, and Cheney...
        Here is the link chapter 16.

        June 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  10. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Leaks ???

    It's ALL George Bush's fault !!!

    By the way did "I" tell you that "I" killed Bin Laden !!!

    FORWARD To "MY" re-election
    Then "I" can cut a deal to sell out America to Putin !!!

    June 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  11. Luke,AZ

    Senator McCain I believe truly loves his country and that he means well, but he lacks good judgement. I have lived in AZ for 32 years and have watched Sen. McCain go from one extreme to another. Picking Sarah Palin was his worst decision. Now he is trying to divert attention away from President Obama's killing of al Qeada's number 2. Republicans can't stand that Democrats are better at national defense.

    June 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  12. FedUp

    If I was investigating, I would start at the top. Mighty coincidental for an election year!

    June 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  13. FLIndependent

    Face it, the Repubs just don't know what to jump on next to bring down this President. They make mountains out of any little mole hills. I'm sure by the Fall that we will see some cooked up grand scheme to try to unseat the President. McCain is still full of sour grapes and can't get over losing to a young, charismatic black guy. It's way past time for him to retire and enjoy the rest of his life in one of his many houses.

    June 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • kanawa

      "young, charismatic black guy"

      That explains your vote.
      What a calamity the American Idol generation has brought upon on us.

      June 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
      • FLIndependent

        Never watch American Idol and I'm in my 50's...so much for your theory.

        June 7, 2012 at 9:26 am |
      • jean2009

        Yes, it so upsets the GOP that he is an educated, charismatic, young black leader...and it really PO's John McCain to lose.
        As an owner of a computer we all know computer viruses work without killing troops...so thankfully a smart president should use all weaponry at hand....drones, black ops, and cyber warfare.

        June 7, 2012 at 11:16 am |
      • jean2009

        Oh I'm 77.

        June 7, 2012 at 11:17 am |
      • bob

        when a liberal loses the common sense argument they race bait. And as we all know race baiters are almost as evil as child molesters.

        June 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • bob

      The goal of every good american is to end this presidency. so whats your point. obama does not deserve to be re-elected. 14 million Americans out of work, another 6 or 8 million underemployed. And this pos goes golfing or fund raising while the average american goes hungry.

      June 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
      • Steveo

        The goal of BOTH partyd is the make the other guy a one termer. That's the very reason the Dems ran Kerry against Bush and why the GOP ran Dole against Clinton! The GOP verbalized what all politicians think and do.

        June 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • bob

      Nothing in your post about being qualified. Obama still isn't qualified.

      June 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  14. CityGirl

    Does the GOP REALLY think the WH is leaking documents. I doubt it. I think we should pressure politicians to stop this sort of lying. What we need to say to them is that even if the whole truth is out of reach, that fact has little to do with our choices about whether to lie or speak honestly – or did you intend your statement to mislead. Lying is bad because our choices depend on our estimates of how things actually are. Lies distort information and our situation as we understand it, as well as our choices. A lie injures because false information leads one astray. Knowledge is power, but deceit takes it away. A lie may obscure some objective, something the deceived person wanted to do or obtain. It may make the objective seem unattainable or no longer desirable. Lies may also eliminate or obscure relevant alternatives, costs and benefits or the certainties and uncertainties of a situation. Others may be harmed. Thus, deception often becomes coercive and gives false power to the deceiver.

    June 7, 2012 at 7:01 am |
    • bob

      I am a conservative independent. And I think there is not one thing this president will not do to be re-elected. Where else could the leaks have come from?

      June 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
      • jean2009

        John McCain...senior member of the Armed Services Committee.

        June 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  15. dreamer96

    Notice how the Pentagon and the many defense contractors are not mentioned as possible sources of the leaks, or the CIA...Ronald Reagan has pies in the Carter Campaign office that sent him the debate material from Carter's campaign..so he would be ready for each attack from Carter...that came out publicly in 1983...and Reagan used his friends in the CIA and the Pentagon to travel overseas and make deals with the Iranian government to hold on to the US embassy hostages till after the election..Reagan promised to release Iranian assets held by US banks and even promised to sell Iran weapons and parts...and Reagan even knew ahead of time about Carter rescue raid, and had three of his people inside that raid..Oliver North, Ricard Secord, and Albert Hakim...all would work with Reagan to sell weapons to Iran and Libya under Reagan....and the inside man in Tehran that was to supply the trucks to move the US Embassy Hostages, was working for Reagan too..he left Tehran the day before the raid..so even if the US special forces had made it to Tehran...Reagan made sure there would be no trucks for Carters plan...

    The GOP have used the Pentagon, the CIA before to leak damaging information to hurt the Democrats...The GOP fight dirty....

    June 7, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • Steveo

      I, for one can't wait for your book in which you provide proof!

      June 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
      • jean2009

        Gee Steveo you keep posting and so far you haven't supplied one citation for your spiel.

        June 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
      • Steveo

        Gee Jean,

        1. I'm not writing a book report! I have noticed your citations: MSNBC, Huffington Post, NY Times. What's the point of a citation if you never post one from a neutral site?

        2. You're wrong if you think i never posted a citation. I primarily use Wikipedia (NEUTRAL) for historical reference. Nice try though!

        June 8, 2012 at 9:36 am |
      • jean2009

        Steveo I also use wikipedia regularly...but when I do you call it a liberal site, plus NYT is not a liberal rag it is a long way from being neutral..
        I didn't think you were trying for an Imus.

        June 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
      • Steveo


        I have never said Wikipedia was a liberal site. Huffington Post is, MSNBC is, The Daily Kos is. Not Wikipedia!

        June 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
      • Steveo

        Feinstein is a California liberal and even she is putting national security above party politics. Good for her! I am still stunned there was more early concern about the accusations over the leaks than there was about the leaks themselves!

        June 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Raghav

      Posted on Ed, that's an interesting point, and one I hadn't coerndesid.I'm going with Jeff's argument on that one whether she's paid by a publication like PW or not, Heidi's a blogger, and what she writes is what I would traditionally call a blog, and I think she's identified primarily by that blog.Where your question would be really interesting is in the case of a top reporter for a major daily newspaper, say the person on the White House desk at the Washington Post what kind of blog could they write? Would they have the latitude to create an informal blog for washingtonpost.com that would not interfere with their duties and responsibilities as a reporter? Or would they have to necessarily apply the same rigorous standards to their blog that they did to their stories?

      August 2, 2012 at 12:46 am |
  16. Markn

    I would say that it is a possibility that it was done for political reasons, BUT, it is also possible that there was no political reason. So far I am leaning toward the the first but I'm watching and listening for more details. I'm really tired of all the whining from those individuals that can't seem to step back from their party and look at an issue with their own eyes. All we hear is "oh those Republicans" or "oh those Democrats." Will Cain does a pretty good job at stepping back. Good job Will!

    June 7, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  17. McHio

    Having held a high level security clearance many years ago, I have been more than disappointed in the leaks. If it is coming out of the White House, or any where else, I have no problem in trying those responsible for treason! The leaks put our military and civilian people in grave danger, no matter what the people doing the leaks think.

    June 7, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • Craig

      I also worked with high level classified material during my career. Unfortunately, the political scum who work in Washington will never face the penalties which they would levy against someone who worked for a living. If a military member were to "leak" classified information, he/she would be court-martialed and possibly executed (depending on whether we were at war). Politicians should be subject to the same laws as the rest of us. Find the leak (even if Obama; rather, especially if Obama), try and execute him or her.

      June 12, 2012 at 6:04 am |
  18. MarkGlicker

    Was BonJovi on the plane.

    June 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  19. bob

    what will this president and his communist administration not do to be re-elected.

    June 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  20. Steveo

    I look at the title of this article and I see White House anger concerning the attacks on the leaks. Where is the anger over THE LEAKS?

    June 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  21. Steveo

    I look at the ti-tle of this article and I see White House anger concerning the attacks on the leaks. Where is the anger over THE LEAKS?

    June 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • jean2009

      Now you are repeating yourself...didn't know CNN allowed repeats to post.

      June 7, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
      • Steveo

        Jean my post has a subtle difference! look at the 5th word. Don't you find it interesting hoe the WH is fussing about the attacks on the leak rather than concern over the leak itself! Yet you comment on how I repeated my post (which has a difference) i just chose not to wait for a moderation over the 5th word!

        June 8, 2012 at 9:25 am |
      • Steveo

        I apologize... "hoe" should be HOW!

        June 8, 2012 at 9:29 am |
  22. TDiddy

    obama S u C k S

    June 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • jean2009

      Obama-Biden 2012! Forward.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  23. Rachel Lee

    Jules and Geds doing a documentary on US infrastructure in that Gatekeepers access to this white house. You'd think they were tired of watching planes fly into stuff. Unless they had advance warning of that first plane they filmed from two different streets on two different cameras on that famous day long ago... when they first became obsessed with all things.... not their business.

    June 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
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