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Sen. Feinstein: Yeah, Obama administration leaked intel; Update: Feinstein predictably retreats from comments

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By Michelle Malkin  •  July 24, 2012 01:39 PM

Stating the gobsmackingly obvious, Sen. Dianne Feinstein pointed out in a speech yesterday that White House sources were responsible for recent leaks of classified information to the press.

The Hill:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday that someone at the White House was responsible for the recent leaks of classified information.

“I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Feinstein said in an address at the World Affairs Council, The Associated Press first reported.

Feinstein said she was certain that President Obama had not disclosed any of the classified intelligence, but believed others in the administration were responsible.

“I don’t believe for a moment that he goes out and talks about it,” she said of the president.

Last month, reports in the press detailing a U.S. cyberattack against Iran and an administration terrorist “kill list” provoked outrage on Capitol Hill and led to bipartisan calls for an investigation into the disclosures.

Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod has denied that the leaks came from sources in the White House.

“The authors of all of this work have said that the White House was not the source of this information. I can’t say that there weren’t leaks. There were obvious leaks, but they weren’t from the White House,” he said in an interview with ABC in early June.

Just a reminder: When GOP Rep. Peter King and I made similar points last month (see here), we were accused of near-treason. Liberal bigmouth Bob Beckel, a colleague of mine at Fox News, suggested on Fox Business that Juan Williams should have woken up next to me with a shotgun for my commentary:

DON IMUS, HOST: So, the president with his national security thing, speaking of disingenuous idiotic comments. His defense of that was laughable.

BOB BECKEL, FOX NEWS: Why was it laughable?

IMUS: Well, because he didn’t know where they came from. Didn’t come did it come from the White House? Did it come from his administration? It’s nonsense. I was born at night, but not last night.

BECKEL: I know, I’ve heard that line before. Listen, he’s said from his White House, the idea that fat Peter King, wherever he’s from, Long Island, would sit there and suggest he knows something.

IMUS: Well.

BECKEL: For me to call somebody fat is a big step. For this guy to suggest he knows the president of the United States and White House leaked this, he doesn’t have a clue. If you say something like that, it’s almost treasonous, the idea that Barack Obama would leak that is obscene and to suggest that Michelle Malkin, if I was Juan I’d wake up next to her with a shotgun.

IMUS: No, no, no, Bob, we don’t need to be –

BECKEL: And there may have been some people in the White House who may have leaked some things, that’s true, but Barack Obama doing that himself is just obscene to even suggest that.

IMUS: You’d pay money to wake up next to her. And referring to Peter King as fat, I wouldn’t roll out the fat carpet although even you, even you — come on.

So should Sen. Feinstein and the White House leakers wake up next to shotguns, too? Just wondering…

Update (DP): This “the direct quote that the opposition just repeated was inaccurate” thing is running rampant.

Today, Feinstein tried to reel her Monday comments back in, and managed to be upset with Mitt Romney for repeating them (that sounds familiar):

Today the senator’s office issued the following statement arguing that no, she was misunderstood:

I am disappointed by the statements made by Mr. Romney today regarding a question I was asked yesterday at the World Affairs Council.

I was asked whether the White House might be responsible for recent national security leaks. I stated that I did not believe the president leaked classified information. I shouldn’t have speculated beyond that, because the fact of the matter is I don’t know the source of the leaks.

The rest here.

If Feinstein does in fact just blurt out incorrect, inaccurate or uncorroborated information for no particular reason, maybe somebody should reconsider her seat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This kind of demonstration of such uncontrolled impulses could lead people to believe that perhaps she’s one of the sources of the leaks.

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