Another dangerous White House national security leak?

I was amazed that the coverage President Barack Obama's not-so-secret secret order for the CIA to aid the Syrian rebels mostly ignored the question of where the leak about the order came from.

It seemed like an especially pertinent question considering the ruckus created over Obama's alleged leaks about such things as the doctor that provided the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden and  detailed information about covert U.S. cyberattacks on Iranian computers. Even Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she believed that the leaks originated in the White House as she called for President Obama to stop them.

Now, Rep. Peter King, the Republic chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, has pointed to the White House for leaking the supposed order to provide American support to Syrian rebels to "enhance" Obama's reputation. And this came after Feinstein's public scolding of the White House leaks.

In response to these latest leaks, King immediately wrote a memorandum to Robert Mueller, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, requesting that the FBI special agents already investigating security leaks add these new reports to their probe.

You hate to believe that Obama or someone in his administration would endanger national security and American lives for political purposes, but I don't put it past some of the people who are his political advisors.

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