Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Ca., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, demanded on Sunday that the person be identified and prosecuted who leaked information on an attempt to bomb an American airliner using a new, almost undetectable underwear bomb.
Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Feinstein said the leak did great damage to American security. "This was serious," she said, adding, "You have to protect the people and the confidence and the classification and the covert nature of this line of work. When these leaks take place, I can't tell you how much they damage our ability to pursue intelligence efforts."
She noted that only "a limited number of people knew about it" at the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration. She said the leak could not have come from Congress because neither she nor House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., had been briefed in advance.
She said the leak of the information to the Associated Press "jeopardizes the asset and jeopardizes our ability" to gain intelligence from other countries while also tipping off the terrorists "to be more careful about who they use as couriers and bombers." Feinstein said she is in agreement with Republicans. "The leak, I think, has to be prosecuted. And so the investigation is being done and hopefully concluded and criminal charges will go to the Department of Justice."