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Intel Leaks Must Stop, Rep. King Warns FBI Director

August 4th 2012

In the wake of what he termed "two more flagrant leaks of sensitive national security information," Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, urged the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Director Robert Mueller to expand his investigations into the continuing leaks allegedly emanating from the Obama Administration.

In a letter sent to Mueller on Thursday, King wrote: “These reported disclosures represent additional disturbing and irresponsible leaks of potentially classified information from this Administration. Obviously, the ongoing investigations have failed to deter further leaks. The Administration's leaks must stop before they further endanger the lives of men and women sent into harm's way on our Nation's behalf.”

According to the veteran congressman, on Aug. 1, 2012, a Reuters news service report stated that U.S. sources revealed President Barack Obama “signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.”

Reuters also reported that a U.S.-supported “secret command center” against the Assad regime is located in Adana, Turkey. The story is proof that the Obama administration has a serious problem with keeping secrets secret.

"This series of leaks -- going back to when the Navy SEALs killed the world's number one terrorist leader, Osama bin Laden -- is by far more serious than the media circus of the Valerie Plame-CIA incident that forced the Bush administration to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the so-called outing of a CIA officer," said former NYPD police detective and military intelligence officer Sid Franes. "And instead of outrage in the White House over these security breaches, all we get is finger-pointing and accusations about an alleged Republican witch hunt," said Franes.

On May 21, Rep. King sent a letter to Director Mueller requesting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe the widely reported leaks of highly classified information regarding penetration of al- Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and that the FBI investigation include the Intelligence Community, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, federal law enforcement and the White House, including Obama's National Security staff.

King's May letter addressed "the severely disturbing implications of these leaks are that "the lives of a unique intelligence source and others may have been jeopardized." As a result, the operation had to be aborted before its potential was maximized and critical intelligence relationships had been damaged, including the close working relationship between the CIA and Britain's MI6.

King's May 21 letter stated: "The information regarding this intelligence matter was handled in the most restricted manner possible by the Intelligence Community and the White House which means the leak would have to have emanated from a small universe. That makes this leak all the more distressing and is why I so strongly believe that an investigation of a security breach of this magnitude must encompass everyone who had access to this vital information."

Jim Kouri, is the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for The Examiner, from where this article is adapted.

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