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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - David E. Sanger
The Obama administration provided a New York Times reporter exclusive access to a range of high-level national security officials for a book that divulged highly classified information on a U.S. cyberwar on Iran's nuclear program, internal State Department emails show.
For the second time in three months, America's most sensitive military secrets were sold Monday by authors and publishers determined to make a buck or a splash. In June, the New York Times revealed that the Stuxnet virus was part of an industrial sabotage campaign against Iran directed by the Obama White House.
Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson is leading a major effort to plug news leaks and recently sent a memorandum to all Defense Department employees requesting that they all search their computers for information about contacts with reporters, according to defense officials familiar with the memo.
The announcement of a Justice Department investigation into a flurry of high-level leaks that have compromised U.S. national security has done nothing to allay concerns in Congress. As the probe moves forward, one thing is clear: The White House needs to get its story straight.
"All that you read about this being deliberate leaks out of the White House wasn't my experience. Maybe it is in other cases," he said. "I'm sure the political side of the White House probably likes reading about the president acting with drones and cyber and so forth. National security side has got very mixed emotions about it because these are classified programs."
Asked on CBS' "Face the Nation" on June 3, 2012, whether the administration leaked to him to bolster the president's image, Mr. Sanger said: