Leak investigation may hold up Brennan nomination
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is threatening to block John Brennan's nomination as CIA chief until the completion of federal and congressional investigations into unauthorized leaks of classified information by the White House.Perhaps this will give the administration some incentive to find out who was responsible for the leaks. Most of the suspicion about the leaks has been aimed at Thomas Donilon the National Security Ad visor.
“John Brennan has not been absolved of responsibility for the slew of high-level security leaks that have characterized this White House,” Cornyn said in a statement issued Monday, shortly after Obama announced Brennan’s nomination.
“This investigation needs to be resolved before his nomination can move forward,” Cornyn added.
A spate of leaks detailing classified U.S. counterterrorism operations made their way into U.S. and international media outlets in recent months and are under investigation by the Justice Department.
The leaks have included information about a U.S. cyberattack on Iran, a terrorist “kill list” and a double agent operating in Yemen.
Senate intelligence committee members also have opened an investigation into what information CIA officials provided to the makers of the film "Zero Dark Thirty," which dramatizes the search for Osama bin Laden.