Jay Carney calls McCain “grossly irresponsible”
After John McCain accused the Obama administration of an orchestrated leak of classified data on a computer virus attack on Iran and CIA drone strikes, Obama’s press secretary Jay Carney shot back a swift denial, saying such a claim of leaks for political gain is “grossly irresponsible.”
McCain, Obama’s 2008 presidential opponent, often appears to frustrated Republicans to actually be aiding Obama — first with his own pathetically weak campaign and then as he’s commended Obama in word and deed since McCain’s devastating defeat. Suddenly McCain is baring his teeth, saying the leaks of classified information to news organizations was intended to boost Barack Obama’s national security reputation and re-election chances.
Referring to McCain by name, Carney got testy:
This exchange with a reporter is directly excerpted from what is listed as a “Press Gaggle with Press Secretary Jay Carney en route California, earlier today and posted on the White House site.
Q: Do you have any reaction to McCain’s comments this morning about the — this morning when he said that there were leaks from the highest levels in the White House and that was unacceptable? Do you have any reaction to his comments?
MR. CARNEY: We are not going to comment on any of the specific information contained in the articles referenced by Senator McCain. This administration takes all appropriate and necessary steps to prevent leaks of classified information or sensitive information that could risk ongoing counterterrorism or intelligence operations. Any suggestion that this administration has authorized intentional leaks of classified information for political gain is grossly irresponsible.
Just days ago, we noted that Obama was growing nostalgic for a feeble, McCain-like opponent in the upcoming election. Watch the brief included video in which then-Sen. Obama was complimenting McCain on his skewed views on climate change and cap and trade– as far back as 2005.