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By Doug Powers  •  June 9, 2012 11:44 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Senator John McCain has wondered aloud if recent national security leaks have come from the highest levels of the White House for political purposes, comments the White House called “grossly irresponsible.” In yesterday’s press conference, President Obama said he was “offended” by those kinds of accusations. The administration is so adamant to track down who is responsible for the leaks that Jay Carney told reporters they would… oppose an independent probe.

Enter Attorney General Eric “if you see a reference to ‘Fast & Furious’ in my memos I might have been talking about the movie or something but definitely not the gun running operation” Holder, who last evening named two federal prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into the source(s) of the leaks. It’s Saturday and my skepticism is on vacay until Monday, so we’ll leave it at that and let ABC News take it from here:

Holder appointed Ron Machen, the U.S. attorney for the District of Colombia, and Rod Rosenstein to lead the criminal investigations into recent leaks concerning a disrupted bomb plot by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and a New York Times story about President Obama ordering cyber-attacks against Iran with the Stuxnet computer worm.

“These two highly-respected and experienced prosecutors will be directing separate investigations currently being conducted by the FBI,” Holder said in a statement. “I have every confidence in their abilities to doggedly follow the facts and the evidence in the pursuit of justice, wherever it leads.”

The appointment of the prosecutors comes days after the chairmen and ranking members of the Congressional Intelligence Committees and other members of Congress expressed outrage over the recent leaks. Some members were calling for Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the leaks, but Holder’s move may neutralize those calls.

Rosenstein was a Bush appointee kept on by the Obama administration, and Machen was an Obama nominee who has donated thousands of dollars to Obama’s campaigns over the years. (h/t Drudge).

We’ll see what direction this takes, if any. I have my suspicions.

McCain does seem to have a point, given the fact that most of the recent leaks just happen to show how relentlessly our country’s Nobel Peace Prize Winner-in-Chief kicks butt and takes names overseas — a reputation Obama must make legendary before the election to counter the drag cause by his biggest enemy on the domestic front: Himself.

**Written by Doug Powers

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