Recent national security leaks have put lives at risk and may ultimately cost Americans their lives unless there is an effective crackdown, the head of the Special Operations Command Admiral William McRaven says.

“The President and Capitol Hill are taking these leaks very very seriously,” McRaven said Wednesday night at the Aspen Security Forum. “We need to do the best we can to clamp down because sooner or later it is going to cost people their lives or it is going to cost us our national security.”

In his first wide-ranging public interview since the Usama Bin Laden raid in May 2011, McRaven told the annual conference, which brings together the nation’s top minds on national security, that President Obama was a “fantastic” commander in chief.

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