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Why Obama leaks like a sieve

The president of the U.S. isn’t supposed to brag about secret intelligence operations.

Peter BrookesNew York Post

The president of the U.S. isn’t supposed to brag about secret intelligence operations, said Peter Brookes. “Someone ought to tell Team Obama.” The latest deliberate White House leak came last week, with a detailed New York Times report that confirmed that the U.S. and Israel were behind the “Stuxnet” computer virus that attacked Iran’s uranium-enrichment program. The story revealed that Stuxnet was part of a larger cyberwar program code-named “Olympic Games,” which continues to this day. Thanks to the leak, “the mullahs know for sure who was behind the operation,” and may seek revenge with a cyberattack on the U.S. In the past two years, this White House also leaked a trove of operational details of how it found and killed Osama bin Laden—leading to Pakistan’s jailing of a doctor who provided helpful information. More recently, it blabbed about how a double agent helped stop another “underwear bomber” plot by al Qaida in Yemen. Why all the leaking? In an election year, these classified operations make an insecure president look tough. But compromising national security “for purely political reasons” is shameful. 

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