So with that standard of vigorous prosecution of "national security" leaks -- I put it in scare quotes because I've never seen any evidence that revealing Valerie Plame's identiy endangered any ongoing operations -- what will happen with the latest leaks to the New York Times of stories about Obama's "kill list" for drone assassinations of al Qaeda leaders and America's involvement in the Stuxnet computer virus that targeted Iran's nuclear program?
The Senate will investigate recent national security leaks to the news media after articles in The New York Times about a “kill list” for terrorists and the use of cyberweapons against Iran, a Senate official said on Tuesday.
Tara Andringa, a spokeswoman for Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, the Democratic chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said the committee would hold hearings “pertaining to recent public reports of classified information.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said in a statement: “Today I sent a classified letter to the president outlining my deep concerns about the release of this information. I made it clear that disclosures of this type endanger American lives and undermine America’s national security.” She said she had discussed the possibility of joint hearings with Mr. Levin.
The announcement of hearings came after two Republican senators, John McCain of Arizona and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, called for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the leaks.
“Such disclosures can only undermine similar ongoing or future operations and, in this sense, compromise national security,” Mr. McCain said on the Senate floor. “For this reason, regardless of how politically useful these leaks may be to the president, they have to stop.”
How this story gets treated by the mainstream media in an election year will either (a) result in prosecutions and Pulitzer Prizes; or (b) result in a big fat nothing and reveal the MSM to be completely in the pocket of Obama.
Wanna bet on the outcome?