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Leaks Could Sink Obama White House
Buzz feed ^ | 12 Jun 2012 | Michael Hastings

Posted on 06/12/2012 5:43:50 PM PDT by mandaladon

By opening an investigation into the leaks of classified information, the Obama White House appears to be entering the kind of perilous Fill-In-The-Blank-Gate terrain that has eventually engulfed most administrations in the modern era.

The pattern: an initial investigation launched to relieve mounting political pressure snowballs into a much larger scandal, leaving a trail of broken careers in its wake.

And the beginnings of that pattern are in place: Attorney General Eric Holder Friday appointed two federal prosecutors to oversee multiple FBI investigations into leaks involving stories in recently published books and articles in the New York Times, AP, and Newsweek. The move deflected, but didn't end, a rising, bipartisan tide of Congressional criticism of the leaks. Republican senators Tuesday called for a vote in Congress to recommend that an independent counsel look into national security secrets that have appeared in the media.

“It’s going to be trouble, “ says Steve Clemons, an influential policy analyst who has close ties to the administration. “It’s going to be like the search for who leaked Valerie Plame’s name. If the truth does come out, I suspect it will be a major player. Of course the White House is very nervous.”

Those major players are some of the most powerful figures in Obama’s Washington.

The scandal has the potential to drag in a cadre of senior administration officials, both former and current, who have extensive contacts with the press.

The short list could include Leon Panetta, Ben Rhodes, Tom Donilon, Gen. David Petraeus, John Brennan, Jim Jones, and General Doug Lute, among other heavy hitters.

(Excerpt) Read more at buzzfeed.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dncrico; dnctreason; donilon; leaks; noaccountability; noadults; nodocumentation; nointegrity; nojustice; nomoreconstitution; nosecurity; obama; treason; whitehouseleaks
“If you read articles about the leaks, they’re quoting anonymous high-level administration officials,” says Kathleen McClellan of the Government Accountability Project. “To me, to say that the leaks aren’t coming from the administration defies credulity.”..................The leaks were intended to benefit BO...I see this as Axelrod having some kind of involvement in this...with BO's approval.
1 posted on 06/12/2012 5:43:59 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Anyone watching CNN for their news would barely even know that there were any leaks.


2 posted on 06/12/2012 5:49:54 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: mandaladon

Having Holder & his minions be the special prosecutors to ‘find the leaks’ is like having the fox inside the henhouse, IMO.


3 posted on 06/12/2012 5:50:42 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: mandaladon

Memo to Eric Holder:

Does anybody remember the fate of one John N. Mitchell, Attorney General under Richard Nixon?

Nobody is indispensible, Mr. Holder. When the grinder starts up, not much is recognizable later.

Trying to fix everything for your boss and trusted friend may not be the best course to career advancement.


4 posted on 06/12/2012 5:52:04 PM PDT by alloysteel (Fear and intimidation work. At least on the short term.)
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To: mandaladon

Good article, but we MUST not accept the premise that this is “just like the Plame case”. That entire investigation was conducted in spite of the fact that they knew who the leak was. That whole thing was a dog and pony show. THIS IS NOT THAT!


5 posted on 06/12/2012 5:52:53 PM PDT by cumbo78
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To: mandaladon

We could use the vice president to open another can of worms.


6 posted on 06/12/2012 5:53:14 PM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: alloysteel

It takes a LOT to overcome pure partisanship... but, eventually... National Secuity will trump it. Even partisans like Diane Feinstein eventually stand, to protect themselves.

Someone will fall...


7 posted on 06/12/2012 6:02:13 PM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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To: mandaladon

Well... drilling holes in the bottom of a boat to let the water out has rather poor results.


8 posted on 06/12/2012 6:02:26 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: mandaladon
leaving a trail of broken careers in its wake.

I'd say that's fitting since this administration has left it's own "trail of broken careers" numbering in the millions since 2009.

9 posted on 06/12/2012 6:10:46 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: mandaladon

Scum always floats on top so we won’t be rid of these corrupt fools until 2013.

Obama and Holder have gotten away with treason and corruption since Obama entered the WH. Nothing has dislodged them yet. I pray for their downfall daily. It would be a great day to see them perp walked into prison but I won’t hold my breath.


10 posted on 06/12/2012 6:10:55 PM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!!)
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To: alloysteel
Does anybody remember the fate of one John N. Mitchell, Attorney General under Richard Nixon?

Without the MSM using it as a lead story night after night ala Watergate NOTHING will come of it even though the leaks are orders of magnitude worse than Watergate or Plame

Don't get your hopes up

Fast and Furious should have sunk this administration over a year ago
Hear anything about it in the MSM
11 posted on 06/12/2012 6:11:16 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: mardi59

Yeah well Bush did a great job prosecuting Sandy Berger for stealing secret documents and burning them during the 911 hearings didn’t he


12 posted on 06/12/2012 6:13:29 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: cumbo78
but we MUST not accept the premise that this is “just like the Plame case”.

True dat. The Plame case was an absolute joke.

13 posted on 06/12/2012 6:13:31 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: mandaladon
Whatever special services we have intact need to step up and plug these leaks.

Their choice of caliber.

14 posted on 06/12/2012 6:17:30 PM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: mountainlion

15 posted on 06/12/2012 6:18:29 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: mandaladon
Attorney General Eric Holder Friday appointed two federal prosecutors to ...

This is quite promising... this pair WILL get to the bottom of the leaks. I know this will likely be successful, because it's my understanding that these are the prosecutors that were initially put on the investigation into King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson protection of the Philly polling location.

16 posted on 06/12/2012 6:26:35 PM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: mandaladon

Well, since this white house is full of liars from top to bottom, they should be able to lie their way out of it easily enough. One thing for certain, we’ll never really know who the real leaker is.


17 posted on 06/12/2012 6:27:45 PM PDT by Bullish
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To: ridesthemiles

-——Having Holder & his minions be the special prosecutors to ‘find the leaks’ is like having the fox inside the henhouse, IMO.——

Just as a FYI.....

These are NOT special prosecutors, just run of the attorneys appointed by Holder....they have no special powers to investigate ...

Special prosecutors have all sorts of legal powers and the financial power to get to the truth....they are accountable to Congress....Not Holder or the administration


18 posted on 06/12/2012 6:30:15 PM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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To: mandaladon
The short list could include Leon Panetta, Ben Rhodes, Tom Donilon, Gen. David Petraeus, John Brennan, Jim Jones, and General Doug Lute, among other heavy hitters.

I have a difficult time believing that the leaks have been coming from either General Petraeus or General Lute.

19 posted on 06/12/2012 6:32:18 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: C210N
Holder probably told them to do a thorough investigation and get back to him no later than the end of the year. One of the two is a black guy who donated money to Obama's campaign in 2008. The other is a white guy who is one of only 3 US attorneys from the Bush era who was not fired by Obama when he came in.

The Plame thing was a joke--she was basically outed by her own husband and never in danger, and national security was never endangered. This series of leaks, in contrast, can do a lot of harm to national security.

Is the main stream media paying any attention to the story?

20 posted on 06/12/2012 6:35:23 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: uncbob
I remember John Mitchell. Chickenturd Holder makes him look like Daniel Webster.
21 posted on 06/12/2012 6:42:55 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: uncbob
I remember John Mitchell. Chickenturd Holder makes him look like Daniel Webster.
22 posted on 06/12/2012 6:44:27 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: uncbob
Yep. Bush 43 was the original obama-lite.
23 posted on 06/12/2012 6:46:45 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: cumbo78

Wasn’t Plame ‘just another CIA employee’?? I knew a CIA employee and his name and job description was unclassified although his work was classified. What was the big deal with Plame?


24 posted on 06/12/2012 6:50:26 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: BenLurkin
Anyone watching CNN for their news would barely even know that there were any leaks.

Aren't the media culpable if they aired or printed the "leaked" information? I realize that reporters have a special First Amendment privilege that prevents them from testifying about information obtained from confidential sources, but maybe one of the good ones will "leak" the source in this case since it involves national security.

25 posted on 06/12/2012 6:56:59 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: mandaladon

A BO-spnsored investigation will never go to the top. The best we may get is a gopher who blogged secrets at the behest of Obama henchmen taking the fall.


26 posted on 06/12/2012 6:58:36 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: mandaladon

i just wish it would lead to Valerie Jarrett.


27 posted on 06/12/2012 7:06:30 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More (OxBAMA!!'s name is all caps as sarcasm to indicate a lack of respect, as he does not deserve it)
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To: alloysteel

No but it does qualify him to work at MSNBC or CNN.


28 posted on 06/12/2012 7:19:23 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: mandaladon
Attorney General Eric Holder Friday appointed two federal prosecutors to oversee multiple FBI investigations into leaks

I assume this is referring to Erik witHolder, the same person that Issa has been waiting for the other 137,000 documents on the F&F investigation.
29 posted on 06/12/2012 7:35:59 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: mandaladon

send in joe the plumber


30 posted on 06/12/2012 7:51:17 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (i a m t h e m a r g i n o f e r r e r)
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To: SomeCallMeTim

One would hope that would be the case but I fear the only way to get rid of Obama and his band of thieves and liars is by our vote in November.

This will happen much sooner than any investigation could take place and come to any conclusion.


31 posted on 06/12/2012 7:58:49 PM PDT by altura
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To: uncbob
Yeah well Bush did a great job prosecuting Sandy Berger Burglar for stealing secret documents and burning them during the 911 hearings didn’t he.

A minor edit for ya FRiend, no charge! ;)
32 posted on 06/12/2012 8:01:42 PM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: BenLurkin

The MSM is covering as usual but Donilon now seems to be the leaker and when one sees McCain,DiFi, Grassley, Cornyn et al all asking for facts and records now on not only the leaks, Stux but Fast too, perhaps even the kow towers will have to at least have one of ‘their’ experts on to ....DISCOUNT any Obama influence. Yikes LOL


33 posted on 06/12/2012 8:02:00 PM PDT by phillyfanatic
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks mandaladon.


34 posted on 06/12/2012 8:21:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: mandaladon
If an independent counsel is not appointed this will be a sham.
35 posted on 06/12/2012 8:48:08 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: cumbo78
the Plame case”. That entire investigation was conducted in spite of the fact that they knew who the leak was.

What makes you think they don't know who the leaker is this time?

36 posted on 06/12/2012 10:44:42 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: uncbob
Yeah well Bush did a great job prosecuting Sandy Berger for stealing secret documents and burning them during the 911 hearings didn’t he

That was some of that kinder gentler compassion conservative compromise the Bushes are so fond of.

37 posted on 06/12/2012 10:47:40 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: mandaladon

Colson: Mr. President, the CIA and the FBI aren’t doing the job. We could create our own intelligence unit right here inside the White House.

Haldeman: To plug the leaks?

Colson: Yeah...like plumbers.

Haldeman: Plumbers! [smiles]

Nixon: I like that.

Ehrlichman: Yes but is it legal? Has anyone done that before?

Nixon: Oh sure...Lyndon...JFK...FDR...

—Oliver Stone’s ‘Nixon’


38 posted on 06/13/2012 1:23:38 AM PDT by bigoil (Study Thy Nixon)
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To: mandaladon

They are keeping the investigation within Holder’s Justice Department and Democrat Party members. They won’t find out much any time soon and probably never.


39 posted on 06/13/2012 7:04:19 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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