The national security leaks spate has the potential of ravaging Obama’s presidential campaign. The GOP doesn’t seem to want to back down yet, and John McCain tries hard to draw attention to the matter and have Obama take the blame for the leaks. In an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” McCain said a special counsel should be appointed for the security leaks matter.
On Sunday, Republican senator John McCain went on CNN’s “State of the Union” to talk about the national security leaks scandal. He made sure everybody understood that Barack Obama was to blame for the leaks. “I have no idea whether the president knew”, said McCain, “the president may not have done it himself, but the president is certainly responsible as the commander in chief”.
Earlier last week, president Obama reacted to the allegations that the intelligence leaks would have been made by the White House administration. “The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive” said the president.
Moreover, McCain went on saying that a special counsel should be appointed to handle the matter. “It it is – and it certainly is – the most egregious breach of intelligence in anybody’s memory, that certainly requires a special counsel who is completely independent”. The senator argued that having Attorney General Eric Holder on the case won’t do much good, given that he has no credibility with the House Republicans.
Many of the intelligence leaks that will surely be the summer’s hot topic initially got published in the New York Times. The cyber attack initiative against Iran as well as the drone attacks and the White House’s terrorist black list surfaced in the media, and so far nobody’s revealing their sources.
David Axelrod, senior campaign adviser for Obama, had a talk with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News. He said that “until someone else feels like leaking the names of the government’s leaky faucets, this will remain one of the summer’s hot-button topics”. He also insisted that the national security leaks didn’t came from White House and was confident saying the administration would not be found culprit in Holder’s investigations.