Saxby Chambliss on Intel Leak: There's "Cause for Wonder" About Whether Politics Is to Blame
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, met today with the director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, on the release of sensitive intelligence information. Chambliss said that he and his colleagues feel it's vital to get to the bottom of who's behind the release, for matters of security, assuring our allies, and protecting the lives of sources.
"What's happened here is something I've never seen in my now 18 years in public office and 10 years on the intelligence committee," he said, "because number one, we're always very careful about the kind of information we put out there; we have to be careful not to expose our sources and methods."
When such a leak does happen, Chambliss says
those sources and their lives are put in jeopardy. When asked whether he believes this recent incident is about politics and trying to make the current president look better, Chambliss replied: "I would hope not, but when you have newspaper articles that lineate in detail specific operations, and you have quotes from individuals who are members of the administration ... then it gives certainly cause for wonder."
Hear his full interview: