Obama: ‘Zero Tolerance’ For National Security Leaks

President Barack Obama said his administration has “zero tolerance” for those who divulge classified national security information.  Responding to a question about alleged leaks from his administration’s intelligence apparatus during a news conference Friday, Obama said he will punish anyone within his administration who discloses such information.

“We have mechanisms in place where if we can root out folks who have leaked, they will suffer consequences,” Obama said.

But the president took umbrage to the accusation that his administration deliberately leaked information regarding cyber attacks against the Iranian nuclear program and his much-publicized “kill list.”

“The notion that my White House would purposely release classifed national security information is offensive,” he said.  

 

 

 

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