Their view: Leaking information endangers Americans

Allen E. Weh, a New Mexico businessman and retired Marine Corps colonel who ran for governor of New Mexico in 2010, offers this take on leaking classified information for apparent political gain.

There should never be a time, but particularly now, that Americans should be forced to "Suffer Fools" when it comes to the people who are being paid to serve us. Yet that is exactly what's taking place with some unidentified staff members in the Obama White House, and their apparently deliberate leaking of classified information for political purposes.

Gratefully, the outcry in Congress has been largely bipartisan … Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence Mike Rogers stated "somebody committed a crime against their country," and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said "this has to stop." But just this week Admiral William McCraven, who heads our Special Operations Command, candidly said, "Sooner or later it's going to cost people their lives."

Too many partisan politicians and their ideologically obsessed staffers naively view the world as being entirely political, and that the "ends justify the means" … regardless of the grave risk and danger their actions may cause to Americans and our allies who are in harm's way, or to our nation's security.

History has a tendency to repeat itself no matter how ugly the scenario. For example, The British after WWI were wary of the growing threat from Soviet Russia and had managed to decipher the Russian codes and as a result, were able to obtain valuable intelligence. However, self-serving politicians in Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin's administration publicly bragged about their accomplishment in 1927 and the Russians immediately changed their communications to an impenetrable system. The British lost precious intelligence in those critical years leading up to WW II, and were taught a bitter lesson for it. Regrettably, I suspect soon enough the United States will be taught a similar hard lesson because of the despicable actions of these staffers … never, ever, let your enemies know what you know, nor how you came to know it.

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