Obama: We're investigating classified-info leaks
June 8th, 2012
09:40 AM ET

Obama: We're investigating classified-info leaks

[Updated at 11:17 a.m. ET]  The United States will conduct "thorough investigations" into leaks of classfied information, President Barack Obama said Friday in his first public comments on the controversy since several members of Congress called for an independent counsel to investigate.

"The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive," Obama said. "It's wrong, and people ... need to have a better sense of how I approach this office and how people (around me) approach this office."

The controversy involves, among other things, last week's report in The New York Times that provided classified details of what it described as a U.S cyberattack targeting Iran's nuclear centrifuge program.

Some Republicans, led by Sen. John McCain of Arizona, alleged that the White House must be knowingly involved because of the nature of the leaked information. The White House rejects the accusations. The FBI and the U.S. attorney in Washington are investigating, federal lawmakers have told reporters.

Obama's comments in the White House press briefing room came after he made a statement on the economy, in which he called on Congress to pass all parts of his 2011 jobs plan to counter European economic troubles, which he says threatens a U.S. economic recovery (see below).

[Updated at 10:56 a.m. ET]  President Barack Obama said Congress should adopt all parts of his jobs plan - which he introduced last year - to help counter economic "headwinds" from Europe that he says is holding back a U.S. economic recovery.

He said he appreciated the fact that Congress passed on part of his plan - a payroll tax cut extension. But he called for the passage of the other parts, including bills that would help people refinance their mortgages and give businesses tax breaks for hiring more workers.

Obama’s remarks come a week after a jobs report showed U.S. unemployment in May rose from 8.1% to 8.2%, and that only 69,000 jobs were added last month - the weakest growth in a year.

[Updated at 10:52 a.m. ET] The threat of further economic turmoil in Europe threatens the U.S. economy, President Barack Obama said Friday in urging European leaders to enact plans to stabilize their economies.

Obama said the good news is that European leaders know that "there is a path out of this challenge," including taking actions that would promote economic growth and job creation. He also urged Greece, which is facing a debt crisis, to remain in the euro zone.

Investors around the world have been concerned about Europe's financial difficulties, including fears that Spain, which is in recession, will need to be bailed out by other European nations, and uncertainties about whether Greece will be forced to drop the euro, according to CNNMoney. On Thursday, credit rating agency Fitch downgraded Spain's sovereign debt rating.

The decisions that are required to turn around Europe's finances "are tough, but Europe has the capacity to make them, and they have America’s support," Obama said.

If Europe as a whole goes into recession, that means fewer goods and services that the United States can sell to Europe, Obama said.

"And that is going to have some impact on our recovery," Obama said.

[Updated at 10:37 a.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver a statement about the economy Friday morning, the White House has said.

The president will talk about "the situation in Europe, which continues to pose headwinds to our recovery here at home," the White House said in a statement. The White House said he would begin speaking at about 10:15 a.m., but reporters still were waiting for him in the White House press briefing room at 10:35 a.m.

Obama will urge Congress to pass proposals "to put construction workers back to work upgrading our roads and bridges, teachers back in the classroom educating our kids and police and firefighters back on the job keeping our communities safe," according to the White House.

Obama’s remarks come a week after a jobs report showed U.S. unemployment in May rose from 8.1% to 8.2%, and that only 69,000 jobs were added last month - the weakest growth in a year.

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soundoff (338 Responses)
  1. Schusmann

    I'm glad he found some time in his busy fund raising schedule to work on the economy. No wait, it's just another speech... never mind!

    June 8, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Suppackmen


    June 8, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Wazzup

    Funny. When he was running around with his socialist model, he was using Europe as a success story. Now he wants to blame them for his economic incompetence?

    June 8, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe M.

      Great post. Then again, nobody in the media pays attention to his hypocrisy.

      June 8, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Gimcy


      June 8, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. DNC Masters

    Time for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate Obama's favorite campaign tool of releasing classified information to "look more presidential" regardess of the damage to US national security and risk to lives of American operatives and those who assist America. See the articles on NYT or The Hill, because the DNC has not released CNN to publish it here.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. dubrats

    At this point stimuli doesn't impress people. The youth – college graduates are disillusioned about the American dream of profession home and family; the over 30 crowd is unemployed with benefits that have run out and now the under 30 are taking their jobs; the 40 – 60 year olds have lost their homes autos, jobs, and businesses an forced to take on early retirement with an overload of debt and living on reduced pensions that state and cities have reduced and taken away colas. How do you recover? You don't. The banks recover, BIG BUSINESS recovers, the government and the wealthy recover. It's the middle class that abided by what America asked them to do to be good citizens to have a good life and have the American dream. The youth have seen their parents' lives destroyed with this economy. Bernanke nor Obama can do anything to right this. It's been too little too late...and yes, multi generational groups are bitter. We have all suffered within..... the middle class most of all

    someone posted this earlier.....and wow it is sooooooo true....sadly.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. maximusvad

    Let the racist hate roll in.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • kacklelackle

      You know, some of us simply don't like the man's political views or the way he's running the country. I know that's hard for someone such as yourself who looks at people based on race and not ability.

      June 8, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Tax Hikes

      Like the left didn't bash Bush was he was in office. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

      June 8, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Tax Hikes

      Like the left is perfect. Like calling Palin the "C" word.

      June 8, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • FLIndpendent

      Yes, they're coming out of the woodwork now. The closer to election day the more we're going to hear from them. You got to wonder why they don't take responsibility for their own lives like they are always preaching. They ALL want to blame one man for their miserable lives.

      June 8, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. joe seefred

    I would watch but I already know the drill. "It's George Bush's fault, it's Europe's fault, it's Wall Street's fault, it's global warming's fault, it's Ronald Reagna's fault, it's the San Andreas fault. it's Mickey Mouse's fault."

    June 8, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Chilo323

    Republicans leave a mess while we democrats clean it up sounds familiar "reagonomics " if it wasnt 4 da rich friendly bush era witch made more millionaires into billionaire prob they would used da money on da economy and not pocket it

    June 8, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • viaquest

      your comment explains exactly why Dem's should not be in office , lol.. face it ..Da prez is a loser G..

      June 8, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    This nation was saved from the madness that gripped the political leadership and the nation during the Bush-Cheney era of infamy by President Obama's election. To a large extent. Though an incompetent, vision less Congress made sure that a semblance of those policies continues. Bickering among themselves , the sole purpose of their existence – to put their opponents down. GOP obsessed with ousting President Obama , this country was seemingly rudderless.
    This Congress has brought more harm to this country than our perceived 'enemies'

    June 8, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • viaquest

      let's say you have even a small chance of being correct , how do you explain the first two years when Dem's controled the house and the Senate and the white house?

      June 8, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • FLIndpendent

      Amen – someone in touch with reality!

      June 8, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • FLIndpendent

      Answer: Record filibusters

      June 8, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kevin

    Most of the comments here show how truly uneducated and uninformed the vast majority of America is when it comes to what it will take to get this country moving in the right direction again. If you vote for Romney and get screwed because of cuts to education, construction, medicare, unemployment, health care, etc. I don't want to hear a single one of you whine and complain because you are going to get exactly what you deserve.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. TJ

    Joke of a president.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joe M.

    More blame. Every time he speaks it's like one long speech where he keeps repeatedly screaming "It's not my fault!" at the top of his lungs.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jerry Murray

    I don't understand why these people even say Obama don't care this country. He just has a different view.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • FLIndpendent

      Because if it's not their view of the world then it's wrong. They no longer believe in compromise and have a very narrow world view. They live in the here & now and don't care about the future. They believe the big gov't boogeyman is going to steal all their money. They are full of contradictions however, like they blame the President for high unemployment but also say that if you're unemployed it is your fault as you should take personal responsibility.

      June 8, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. Brian in DC

    So who's he going to blame this time around?

    June 8, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. phillip buck

    obama&romney aren't the problem, its our do nothing congress, the gridlock, because their is no common sense, put america first over self!!!

    June 8, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian in DC

      Obama is the problem.

      June 8, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
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