Retired special operations officers from the U.S. military have organized their own political action committee designed to highlight what they see as unforgivably security leaks by President Obama and his team.
Named Special Operations Speaks (SOS) PAC and led by three former officers with special operations experience, the group is leading a petition drive to try to raise the profile of recent stories blaming Mr. Obama for intelligence leaks.
“Let me lay it on the line: Barack Obama’s loose lips are doing worse than sinking ships – they’re putting our entire nation at risk,” the PAC said in an email trying to raise money to run ads attacking Mr. Obama.
The move is reminiscent of 2004, when a group of Vietnam war veterans named the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth questioned then-Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry’s own war record.
This new group of veterans argues that Mr. Obama has shown reckless disregard for secrecy, first by rushing “to get in front of the cameras” after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and then more recently with news reports about drone assassinations and U.S. cyberattacks, which appeared to be based on classified information.
This week GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney called for a special counsel to investigate those leaks, and the Democratic chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee said she believed some of the leaks came directly from the White House — though a day later she retracted that statement.
The White House has vehemently denied that any of the president’s aides leaked classified information, and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has named two U.S. attorneys to conduct an internal investigation into the leaks.
Mr. Romney and Republicans want an independent special counsel instead, saying he or she would have more freedom.