The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said this morning on CNN that recent intel leaks are “100 times the magnitude” of the Valerie Plame case.
“Someone went to jail over that,” noted Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who appeared with Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) and vowed with his colleague “to follow the leads of the investigation to the leaker and make sure that leaker goes to jail.”
“We need the administration to work with us in a partnership to find out where the leaks are and how we stop the leaks,” Ruppersberger said. “And wherever the facts take us, that’s where we should go and if someone, whoever did commit these leaks, they should be held accountable.”
The Democrat noted that the leaks “are occurring more and more as we moved on.”
Rogers said the House and Senate are trying to come to a bipartisan consensus on the need for a special investigator. “Part of the reason is you can’t have somebody who may have leaked it in the chain of command investigating themselves,” he said.
The Intelligence chairman had previously noted that a “segment of the media” had been present in a classified setting; he acknowledged on CNN that he was referring to documentary producers.
“I can’t get into too many details, but we had in the preliminary review, we had certain things that indicated to us that there was something to this notion that there is a pattern of problem here and a culture of trying to feed the media things that were classified,” he said. “…I can’t give all the details, but it was significant enough that it raised some concerns.”