Ronald Machen & Rod
Rosenstein, Prosecutors to Probe US Security Leaks
June 11, 2012
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has assigned two federal prosecutors
to lead investigations into recent leaks of classified government
General Eric Holder
The two attorneys, Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney for the District of
Columbia, and Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. attorney for the District of
Maryland will be directing separate investigations currently being
conducted by the FBI.
In a statement issued Friday, Holder said the unauthorized disclosure of
classified information "will not be tolerated." He said the attorneys
will be fully authorized to prosecute any criminal violations they
U.S. lawmakers this week sharply criticized recent leaks to the media
about secret U.S. intelligence operations. The information has included
reports of U.S. efforts to thwart Iran's nuclear program through cyber
attacks and details about the targeted killings of al-Qaida leaders.
Some Republicans have suggested the White House purposely leaked the
information to boost President Barack Obama's re-election bid.
Speaking to reporters Friday, President Obama said it was "offensive" to
think his administration would deliberately release classified
"The notion that my White House would purposely release classified
national security information is offensive. It's wrong," Obama said.
"And people, I think, need to have a better sense of how I approach this
office and how the people around me here approach this office."
president said he has "zero tolerance" for the leaking of sensitive
information, and that his administration will conduct a thorough
investigation, as it has in the past.
On Thursday, the four bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate
intelligence committees said they were working on legislation aimed at
stopping security leaks.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Republican Lamar Smith of
Texas, said in a statement that he hopes the Justice Department brings
"the full force of the law" against those responsible. He said officials
need to send a clear message that "if you leak classified information,
you will face jail time."