By Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
What’s it called when the Chairperson of the U.S. Intelligence Committe, Dianne Feinstein, a know leaker of intelligence secrets is asked tho chair the same committee that will investigate a number of serious leaks including her own? If were just the government it would be called an oxymoron, but in the case of the aging senator it would be called time for her to resign as chairman of yet another committee.
Ah yes, it must be election time as the slumbering Senator from California attacks Julian Assange of Wikileaks forgetting about her own leaks. This situation goes far deeper than Mr. Assange and to the heart of the United States Government.
“As recently as January 31, 2012, Senator Feinstein leaked secret Mossad meetings on TV, outing the presence of Mossad chief Tamir Pardo in Washington to discuss a possible strike on Iran. In 2009, Senator Feinstein revealed classified information that the United States was conducting drone strikes originating out of Pakistan air bases. Now Dianne Feinstein is first to the podium to point her finger the other direction.
Thirty-on Republican Senators call for outside investigation Dianne Feinstein can’t be trusted.
As the Washington Times reported in their headline, “Did blabbermouth Feinstein spill secrets?” Of course she did on the drones flying from Pakistan. Making matters worse she attempted to cover up the issue by stating, “She was only repeating information that appeared in the newspaper.” Problematic for the senator is the dates of her leak and news accounts do not substantiate shall we say disingenuousness?
“At the very least, it would be refreshing to see Senator Feinstein hold herself to the same level of accountability when it comes to leaking vital intelligence that puts American lives a risk. But, more importantly, there are serious issues about our intelligence-gathering capabilities that require proper oversight and the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee has clearly been asleep at the wheel.”
Seeking asylum in Ecuador … Julian Assange. Photo: AP
Senator Feinstein’s call for the Obama administration to move ahead with plans to prosecute Mr Assange came as a US Justice Department spokesman, Dean Boyd, publicly confirmed that ”there continues to be an investigation into the WikiLeaks matter”.
Mr Assange remains in Ecuador’s embassy in London while its government assesses his application for asylum.
In a statement made last Friday, one of Mr Assange’s British lawyers, Susan Benn, highlighted evidence of the existence of a secret US grand jury investigation targeting Mr Assange and other ”founders or managers” of WikiLeaks.
Thirty-one Republican Senators have signed a letter to Attorney Eric “Witholder” asking him to order a private prosecutor. The senators argue that the administration should not be expected to investigate itself in the midst of an election year and that such a probe by the Justice Department “does not ensure a full and thorough investigation free of influence.” Since a number of the leaks appeared to make Obama look like a tough guy when he is actually a clueless individual on foreign policy, look for the senator’s request to hit the round file.
On June 20, a US State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, denied any US involvement in diplomatic discussions relating to Mr Assange’s asylum bid or extradition to Sweden. Yet when asked specifically about the US government’s interest in Mr Assagne she said: ”We want to see justice served. Let’s leave it at that.”