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Obama: Claims of deliberate leaks ‘offensive’

Saturday, June 9, 2012

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President Barack Obama denied Friday that the White House has deliberately leaked classified national security information that is flattering to him in this election year, calling such allegations “offensive” and “wrong.” He promised investigations into the source of leaks about U.S. involvement in cyber-attacks on Iran and drone strikes on suspected terrorists.

“The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive,” Obama said during a White House news conference. “It’s wrong.”

A few hours after Obama’s comments, Attorney General Eric Holder appointed two U.S. attorneys to lead a pair of criminal investigations into possible unauthorized disclosures of classified information.

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