Top Intel Republicans are leaking classified information!
Posted by Moira Whelan
First of all, lets clarify. It is not okay. Ever.
Rood also points out that:
On July 31, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio said: "There's been a ruling, over the last four or five months, that prohibits the ability of our intelligence services and our counterintelligence people from listening in to two terrorists in other parts of the world where the communication could come through the United States."
Government officials have since confirmed to reporters that Boehner was discussing classified information, although the GOP leader denies it.
In his defense, Boehner only told one person: Neil Cavuto. He is after all, on their team. The problem was the live television camera that was rolling at the time.
So yes, we are all outraged. Lets take a step back, however, and realize that these are two top Republicans in the House capable of learning the super-double top secret information. (Some is so classified, only the leaders and the intel chairs learn about it). They are then choosing to talk about these issues in a political setting and to push political agendas.
So the question of the day...which is more detrimental to our intelligence...the actual leaking of the information so our enemies can use it, or the use of the information by the leaker to manipulate it for a particular political agenda?
As a bonus (and a shout out to Gonzo and the entire White House staff), what about NOT providing classified information when it is requested?
"Wreckless" simply isn't strong enough to describe this.