Quote of the Day: Confronting the White House

An ABC reporter presses Obama spokesman Jay Carney on the administration's "war on whistleblowers."



"The White House keeps praising these journalists who've been killed. You've done it, Vice President Biden did it in a statement. How does that square with the fact that this administration has been so aggressively trying to stop aggressive journalism in the United States by using the Espionage Act to take whistleblowers to court? Currently I think that you've invoked it the sixth time, and before the Obama administration, it had only been used three times in history. You're suing a CIA officer for allegedly providing information in 2009 about CIA torture. Certainly that's something that's in the public interest of the United States. The administration is taking this person to court. There just seems to be a disconnect here. You want aggressive journalism abroad; you just don't want it in the United States." -- Jake Tapper, interrogating White House Press Spokesman Jay Carney

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