President Barack Obama waves upon arrival at the 142nd Fighter Wing Oregon Air National Guard Base, in Portland, Ore. (Rick Bowmer/AP)
The White House insisted on Tuesday that President Barack Obama "has no tolerance for leaks" of national security secrets as Mitt Romney accused the Administration of disclosing sensitive information for political gain.
"There are two experienced federal prosecutors investigating the leaks in question," press secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One as Obama pursued a West-Coast campaign swing.
"I can't comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation," he said, but "as a general matter, the president has made abundantly clear that he has no tolerance for leaks, and he thinks leaks are damaging to our national security interests."
"The kinds of decisions he has to make every day depend upon the ability to keep our secrets secret, and he feels extremely strongly about this," Carney said. "No one depends more on that information to make extremely difficult and significant decisions on a regular basis than the president of the United States."
In the aftermath of news reports throwing back the curtain on major national security operations — including an unprecedented cyber-assault on Iran's nuclear program -- Attorney General Eric Holder appointed two U.S. attorneys to look into the potentially unlawful disclosure of national security secrets.Read More »from Obama has ‘no tolerance for leaks,’ White House insists as Romney attacks