It’s now official Obama administration policy not to punish people who run to the press to undermine its relations with Israel. Josh Earnest said as much during today’s White House press briefing.
And Jen Psaki, sporting a necklace that resembles a large bunch of grapes, has reiterated it at the State Department press briefing.
The AP’s Matt Lee and another reporter queried Psaki about the statement — which was made by one senior official and agreed with by another — but the most she would offer is “There are anonymous sources in all of your stories every single day. If we spent all of our time focused on that effort, we wouldn’t be working on diplomacy.”
Working on diplomacy, and specifically repairing the damage made by the controversial remarks, might also involve punishing the officials who made the statements.