Published for The Washington Post, June 18th, 2012

 

Imagine there was an organization that serially leaked the nation’s most highly protected secrets — exposing intelligence sources and methods, and sharing classified information with the press that put lives at risk.

Sounds like WikiLeaks? Think again. It’s ObamaLeaks.

The difference, of course, is that WikiLeaks releases information that it believes will be embarrassing for the United States, while ObamaLeaks releases information intended to make President Obama look good. But ObamaLeaks has done damage to U.S. national security on a scale of which WikiLeaks only dreams.

Consider just some of the information that has been exposed in recent months — from the identity of the Pakistani doctor who helped us track down bin Laden, to the role of a double agent recruited in London by British intelligence in breaking up a newunderwear bomb plot in Yemen, to the fact that the President Obama personally ordered cyberattacks on the Iranian nuclear program — an act of war.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has said the recent leaks are the worst he has in his 30 year intelligence career. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) recently declared, “I’ve been on the Intelligence Committee for 11 years, and I have never seen it worse.”

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