Is Obama leak 'scandal' overblown?
President Obama at the G-20 summit in Mexico on Tuesday.
June 20th, 2012
10:40 AM ET

Is Obama leak 'scandal' overblown?

Editor's note: Peter Bergen, CNN's national security analyst, is a director at the New America Foundation and the author of the new book, "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden - From 9/11 to Abbottabad."

By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst

On Monday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate a series of recent leaks that critics charge are designed to bolster the national security credentials of the Obama administration. ...

The recent leaks involve stories in The New York Times, Newsweek and the Associated Press that range from the hitherto undisclosed role of the United States in cyberattacks on Iran's nuclear facilities to details about the president's decision-making surrounding the selection of the targets of the CIA drone program in Pakistan and Yemen and the penetration by a spy of al Qaeda's Yemeni affiliate.

Have those leaks, as Romney claimed on Monday, "put American interests and our people in jeopardy"?

Read more from Peter Bergen

Topics: President Obama • Security

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    The GOP solution: Start a war with Iran (totally unfunded of course). Get the poor people to fight/die in the war while giving the rich people "no bid contracts". Then use Iran's oil to pay for the war. And when the war is over, Iran will sell us cheap oil. Just like in Iraq!!!!! Oh wait................never mind.

    June 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  2. 100 % ETHIO STRONGER!

    Ouch! I believe, the media do notice Two things, why someone would like to be the US President?

    1) ...eager to serve his/her Country:

    As elected President, you must expect something you never know and never heard of. Which is the new discovery, that as a President of US, you promised to keep the inside secrets, available only for US President. Breaking the promise will be spearing his/her life. Which could closed the case, immediately.

    2)...just to be in the history book;

    Oh, no! Big mistake. America never had like that before.

    Rem:- when someone become President, he/she is always under surveillances. No more freedom as ordinarily people. You can not go anywhere you want at anytime. You are just like Prisoner for life, as well as your family.

    June 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  3. j. von hettlingen

    In our age of modern technology, it's difficult to cover up what one has done, especially when there are other people involved. The media is very eager to be the first one to break the news.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  4. JAL

    GOP is in contempt of the President. Where is that law.

    June 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  5. Marine5484

    This is nothing but politics as usual. Obama will do anything to make himself look good!

    June 20, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
    • Patrick-2

      Thank you, Marine5484. Well said.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  6. 100 % ETHIO

    Who are you, seeking secretly kept US information? Don't you know, America have enemies?
    Are you one of those...who would like to see the fall of America?

    If you want contribute for the rise of America, there are plenty of opportunities out there.

    Never mess with US, unless you would like to take a lesson, you will never forget.

    June 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply

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