Opinion:  Obama leak 'scandal' is wildly overblown
June 20th, 2012
12:32 PM ET

Opinion: Obama leak 'scandal' is wildly overblown

With all the accusations and demands for investigations over national security leaks, CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen considers how much did the leaks really hurt U.S.

After all, Bergen notes on CNN's Opinion section, when it comes to revelations about how U.S. and Israel planted the Stuxnet virus, the Iranians know that their problems with the centrifuges at Natanz are caused by cyberattacks and have publicly said so for the past two years.

Another story that has critics of the Obama administration steamed is that it has allowed to become public that the president personally approves "kill lists" for CIA drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen.  Perhaps these concerns are also overblown, Bergen writes:

After all, drone attacks are an entirely public form of supposedly secret warfare. A drone strike - when a bomb or missile appears out of nowhere and incinerates some people in Pakistan's tribal areas or in Yemen - is a public event. And it's a form of warfare that is, of course, well known to al Qaeda. The documents recovered at Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound in Pakistan demonstrate how worried al Qaeda's leaders were about the CIA drone strikes.

In the end, Bergen surmises this is mostly a pseudoscandal.  Read his whole story in CNN's Opinion section

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. JOSH

    ALSO PEOPLE NEED TO REALIZE OBAMA IS ON A CRUSADE TO DESTROY THIS COUNTRY HE IS DESTROYING THE MILITARY, WANTING TO GET REALECTED SO HE CAN CONTINUE HIS RAIGN OF TERROR ON THIS COUNTRY, HE IS DESTROYING OUR ECONOMY, HIM AND HIS WIFE ARE TAKING EXPENSIVE VACATIONS AT TAXPAYERS EXPENSE, AND ALSO TO HE WASNT EVEN BORN IN THIS COUNTRY, I MEAN SERIOUSLY HOW STUPID HAS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BECOME, OH WAIT THATS RIGHT ITS BECAUSE HE IS BLACK AND WE HAVE TO GIVE EVERTYHING TO THE BLACKS AND NOW WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO PAY FOR ALL THE ILLEGALS THAT ARE IN THIS COUNTRY, WHO ARE LIVING OFF OUR TAXES AND NOT WORKING NOT CONTRIBUTING BUT HEY ITS OK CAUSE NOBODY HERE WANTS TO ACTUALLY STAND UP FOR THIS COUNTRY ANYMORE, BUT WOW PEOPLE WILL COME TOGETHER WHEN A BLACK KID GETS KILLED FOR BEATING UP SOMEONE, BUT IF IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A WHITE KID, EH JUST ANOTHER MURDER OH WELL. I AM ASHAMED TO CALL MYSELF AN AMERICAN ANYMORE, THIS COUNTRY WAS GREAT NOW ITS FULL OF PEOPLE WHO WANNA WHINE AND COMPLAIN ABOUT HOW TOUGH LIFE IS CAUSE THEY ARE TO LAZY TO DO THINGS LEGALLY AND ACTUALLY WORK FOR THEIR LIVING.

    June 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • NEVADA39

      You are the proof of what happens when we layoff teachers in this country.

      June 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
      • virginia

        I agree with you sir. Education left this poor man behind. I am an American, and lived in 6 countries for over 8 years an the self destructive ignorance in parts of America astounds me sometimes. Brainwashing by the rigt wing in the US is putting the old Soviet union to shame. I yearn for the day when Americans wil unite and put their heads together and lead the free world again. A house divide will surelg fall. Education and a worldly perspective are the the first steps in stopping the downward spiral. I have high hopes that we will overcome this racist, manipulative, fascist trends and become a respected global citizen again.

        June 28, 2012 at 1:54 am |
    • Dr. Williams

      Josh, If you want to be taken seriously, you need to go back to school and learn spelling and sentence structure. It's hard to be credible when your intelligence level looks so low due to your grammar.

      July 3, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
  2. Zadar

    You can not try and justify the leaks by saying the severity of them is low. A breach in national security is a breach. Regardless of the damage. This always needs to be investigated and appropriate action taken to prosecute the culprits. Today the leaks are drone use and cyber-warfare. Tomorrow it is nuclear launch codes and submarine deployments.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Did it ever occur to you Zadar, that these so-called "leaks" were done on purpose to make Obama look good in his insane crusade against Islam? These politicians in Washington are taking full advantage of the Islamophobia which is currently sweeping this country!!!

      June 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply

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