Rep. Rogers Says White House Security Leaks Continue
August 1, 2012 • 9:34AM

In the course of the past 24 hours, House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) gave two interviews to FoxNews, in which he asserted that the leaks compromising national security are continuing, and that Obama has a responsibity to cooperate. "We've seen more leaks, absolutely," Rogers told a reporter. While stopping short of directly holding Obama to blame (as the reporter tried to pin him down), Rogers did say that Obama needs to make available "all communications" in relation to the leaks, and release staff from confidentiality oaths in this matter.

Reflecting what Congressional investigation has discovered so far, Rogers described the leaker as one who had "senior level access, covert level access, who also had access to the situation room." So far, he said that White House cooperation has been lacking. Rogers, a former FBI agent, explicitly stated, "these are crimes. When you release classified information in a way that puts Americans at risk, that is a felony. These are matters of war and peace." [Emphasis in original]

A Congressional staffer noted that the date had passed for the White House to respond to the letter sent by House Judiciary chair Lamar Smith, which requested interviews from top White House staffers. The White House also refused to comment on the latest charges by Rogers.