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Feinstein Regrets Speculating White House Responsible for Intelligence Leaks


California Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein appears unhappy that her comment yesterday — which indicated the White House was the source of some intelligence leaks — was used by Mitt Romney in his speech before the VFW convention today.

“I am disappointed by the statements made by Mr. Romney today regarding a question I was asked yesterday at the World Affairs Council,” Feinstein said in a statement. “I was asked whether the White House might be responsible for recent national security leaks. I stated that I did not believe the president leaked classified information. I shouldn’t have speculated beyond that, because the fact of the matter is I don’t know the source of the leaks.”

The Romney campaign issued a statement saying that Feinstein had received the “Cory Booker treatment.”

“It looks like President Obama has given Dianne Feinstein the Cory Booker treatment,” said Romney spokesman Ryan Williams in a statement. “Yesterday she was speaking candidly about the leaks originating from this White House. Today, she was forced to walk it back. As Governor Romney said today, we need a leader who will take responsibility and immediately halt these security breaches before more American lives are put in danger.” 


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