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NYT Denies Receiving Leaks From Obama

From the Politico:

New York Times denies receiving leaks from Barack Obama

By: Dylan Byers
June 7, 2012

Caught in the crosshairs of a contentious dispute between the White House and Congress, The New York Times is vowing to charge ahead with its coverage of developments in U.S. national security – and denying that the paper is on the receiving end of silver-platter leaks from the Obama administration.

“These are some of the most significant developments in national security in a generation,” Times managing editor Dean Baquet told POLITICO on Thursday, referring to his paper’s recent reports on the Obama administration’s use of drone strikes and cyberattacks. “We’re going to keep doing these stories.”

Following Sen. John McCain’s demand for an independent investigation into White House security leaks, Republicans and Democrats on both the House and Senate intelligence committees issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling on the Obama administration “to fully, fairly and impartially investigate” whether or not administration officials were responsible for leaking information that appeared in the recent Times’ articles.

But the fact that the White House has not raised complaints about the Times’ reports further stokes congressional concern that the administration was somehow involved in leaking the stories.

Why should the White House complain? They are probably the ones giving this information to the press to burnish Obama’s image as a tough guy against terrorism.

Baquet rebutted those accusations, saying his reporters came by the stories “strenuously.”

“I can’t believe anybody who says these are leaks,” he said. “Read those stories. They are so clearly the product of tons and tons of reporting.”

Nonetheless, suggestions of wrongdoing extended to the Times itself on Wednesday, when Democratic Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, questioned whether the paper of record put American security at risk by publishing new revelations about drone strikes against Al Qaeda operatives and the Stuxnet cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

“I personally think there is a serious question whether or not that served our interest and whether the public had to know,” Kerry told reporters. “To me it was such a nitty-gritty fundamental national security issue. And I don’t see how the public interest is well served by it. I do see how other interests outside the United States are well served by it.”

On Thursday, Baquet strongly rejected Kerry’s suggestion that the stories didn’t serve the public interest.

“With all due respect to Sen. Kerry, we publish these stories because they are significant,” Baquet said. “History will say that the development of drones was one the most significant events in history of modern warfare and national security. I can’t imagine anything more worthy of public discussion.” …

And never mind the irony of ‘Jenjhis Khan’ Kerry suddenly being concerned about put American security at risk.

Despite the bipartisan call, there is still a fair chance that no official investigation will take place.

The hell you say!

Though President Obama has launched twice as many leak-related criminal prosecutions as all past administrations combined, the White House has been largely silent on the Times’ recent reports. On Wednesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that “any suggestion that this administration has authorized intentional leaks of classified information for political gain is grossly irresponsible.”

“What we’re seeing…is an Anschluss, an avalanche of leaks,” Sen. Diane Feinstein told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, voicing frustration…

Sheesh! Someone better buy Ms. Feinstein a dictionary. ‘Anschluss’ has a very different meaning, which any student of history should know.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 8th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “NYT Denies Receiving Leaks From Obama”

  1. David says:

    Anschluss? What was she possibly going for? Even the broad sense of a “union of governments” doesn’t work in this context. Suppose it was the word-of-the-day on her calendar?

  2. Petronius says:

    “With all due respect to Sen. Kerry….”

    What a great line.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Never believe anything until it’s officially denied

  4. EvaTheFrisbeeDog says:

    This is a big effing deal!

  5. canary says:

    One of Obama’s college female friends started working for the New York Times during the election.
    It might be what got her the job.

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