Leaks didn't come from Senator Feinstein

Ed's post this morning suggests that the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, knows that someone in the Obama administration leaked classified national security information.  In fairness to Ed, Sen. Feinstein left that impression herself in some remarks she made yesterday and later "walked back," in  Washington parlance.

Sen. Feinstein is a politician with deep integrity and a sense of national service, and if she knows of someone in the White House who did the leaking, presumably she has already turned that information over to investigators.  If she doesn't believe they are acting upon the information, she will speak out loud and clear. I imagine the senator is deeply concerned and angry about leaks, and she will brook not even the hint of a slow or partisan-driven investigation.

But in her clarifying remarks yesterday, she said this: "[T]he fact of the matter is I don't know the source of the leaks."

I don't either, of course. Leaks are hard to find; they are a like a crime where only two people know what really happened. Ed already sees felons harbored in the White House. That seems more than a little over the top.

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