Senator Lindsey Graham would like you to believe he's outraged about a recent spate of high level leaks because they jeopardize our national security. Turns out, that's not really his primary concern.
For weeks, the South Carolina Republican has been issuing press releases and booking cable news appearances to demand a special prosector investigate the White House for allegedly leaking classified national security intelligence. Today, he ticked off every issue he wants investigated to Foreign Policy's Josh Rogin, a list that includes leaks about CIA cyber weapons, President Obama's "kill list," a secret drone base in Pakistan and U.S.-Taliban prisoner swap negotiations. But there was something very odd about two of the leak cases he listed: It's already known who leaked them. As Rogin explains:
[I] pointed out that two of those leaks were disclosed publicly by [Sen. Dianne] Feinstein herself. She disclosed the existence of the Pakistan drone base in an open hearing in 2009 and disclosed the details of the Taliban negotiations in a March interview with The Cable.
Voilà! Free of charge, Foreign Policy's humble reporter was able to solve one of the "crimes" Graham had been begging a professionally-trained special prosecutor to solve on taxpayers' dime for weeks. So did Graham quickly redirect his pent-up rage at his Upper Chamber colleague upon learning of her grave transgression? Turns out: No.
"My beef is not with Senator Feinstein. My beef is with a system that's failing," Graham said. "I think that this failure is politically motivated. The leaks have tried to create a political advantage for this president. Nothing Senator Feinstein has done or said has been in that mode."
He continued digging. "This is part of a plan to compromise our programs for political purposes, in my view. That's the allegation I'm making."