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Published: Thursday, June 14 2012 9:31 a.m. MDT

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Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

It is a traitorous act to release classified national security information to the press. There is no question as to where the information came from, and Sen. Diane Feinstein would have called for a special prosecutor to investigate this criminal behavior ..... if the man in the White House was a Republican.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

President Obama has assembled one of the most controversial cabinets in modern history. Many individuals currently serving have had multiple legal issues dotted with criminal activity... and resumes that would most scare most reputable companies. As such, it really isn't that big of a surprise that national level security leaks and other unsavory actions (i.e., Eric Holder's non-cooperation with Congress) continue to appear coming from the White House. Considering the content of the some of the leaks, there isn't much room for doubt. Unfortunately, this probably won't be the last of it. It continues to be politics at it's worst and the public is growing very tired of it. It's little wonder the president is getting nervous and appearing defensive about his chances in November.

DSB
Cedar Hills, UT

When asked why Obama and Holder insisted on an independent investigation over the Valerie Plame fiasco, but not for the current leaks, Jay Carney says they don't need an independent prosecutor to investigate, because the Administration is REALLY serious about this matter, and those chosen by Eric Holder are really competent.

In other words, "We're the most intelligent and sincere administration in history, so even though others needed independent accountability, just TRUST US to investigate ourselves"

This seems to be an ongoing theme since Obama's 2008 campaign, and they're not willing to change that theme despite non-stop deception, distortions, scandals, and broken promises.

Hope and Change - let's Hope there's a Change in the direction of reality when it comes to trusting these people.

Furry1993
Clearfield, UT

The people who are yelping the loudest, and trying to blame the Obama administration when there is no evidence they did anything, are the ones who condoned the Bush administration "outing" a covert CIA operative (Valerie Plame) for political pay-back because her husband dared to criticize that administration. Hypocrites, all of them.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
"The people who are yelping the loudest, and trying to blame the Obama administration when there is no evidence they did anything ..."

Actually there is overwhelming evidence that the leaks had to come from the Obama Administration. In other news, and I quote: "In growing numbers, once-confident Democrats now say President Barack Obama could lose the November election. The hand-wringing reflects real worries among Democrats about Obama's ability to beat Republican rival Mitt Romney, who has proven to be a stronger candidate than many expected."

DSB
Cedar Hills, UT

@Furry1993 - those who aren't completely deluded in the Obama love fairyland easily recognize that the information leaked to reporters could ONLY have come from very top level administrative officials. I suppose that, despite any amount of overwhelming evidence, some people will continue to deny what is plain to even the most simple-minded. A few will continue to deny, and join a conspiracy theory club even if someone admits guilt.

And, Obama and Holder demanding an independent prosecutor for the Valerie Plame incident, but not for these leaks, which are considered on a bi-partisan basis to be much, much worse? How do you keep a straight face when you accuse others of hypocrisy? In following your comments on DN stories, it always surprises me how unaware you seem to be about very similar (and usually worse) behavior from your side of the aisle.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

If Axelrod is so SURE the leaks did not come from the WH, he should WELCOME a special prosecutor.

Furry,
If there truly is no evidence anyone in the WH did anything wrong, they would WELCOME the special prosecutor to clear them, if for no other reason.

Tell me, Furry, who was killed, compromised, or imprisoned as a result of the outing of Valerie Plame? Who??
yet then-senators BO and BIDEN DEMANDED a special prosecutor

After BO bragged about getting UBL and naming seal team 6, a team 6 helicopter was shot down.

The Pakistani doctor who assisted us in verifying it was UBL is now in prison for 33 years!

The operative who provided us with the new underwear bomb has been exposed and his and his family’s lives are in constant danger.

But none of that warrants a special prosecutor when the outing of Valerie Plame had BO and Biden screaming for a special prosecutor!?!?!?!?! REALLY!?!?!?!

Do you realize, when viewing the Plame episode and ALL these leaks side-by-side how utterly _____ (cannot say or DN won’t post) those saying we don’t need a special prosecutor look?

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

Let's cut the democrats some slack, guys. After all, it's Bush's fault, remember?

Democrats: "It didn't come from the White House, but please don't investigate if it came from the White House! Please!" How could anyone think these innocent guys in the White House could be lying to us? That's Bush's fault, too.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

There really isn't much difference between the Bush and Obama White Houses. The people complaining about leaks from the Obama administration had to hold their tongue during the Bush years because, for them, Party comes before Country. The speak loudly today, because they had to be quiet yesterday.

DSB
Cedar Hills, UT

Funny thing, Moderate, but even Dianne Feinstein was not complaining about serious leaks during the Bush years like she is now. I think that says something about the difference between the minor and typical leaks under the Bush administration and the outrageous and dangerous leaks we're now seeing from Obama's administration. Apparently Party comes before Country for you, even more so than a dedicated liberal like Feinstein.

Fact is, there probably wasn't much difference between the Bush White House and most other presidents with regard to leaks. Obama's administration, however, has set a new standard for naivete and amateurism in their approach to national security secrets.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
"There really isn't much difference between the Bush and Obama White Houses."

Are you excusing criminal behavior because ..... "they did it first"? Don't you have any concern over the damage to our national security that is being done?

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