Did Obama Admin. Give Classified Intel Briefings To Media?
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King is asking CIA director Gen. David Petraeus and White House national security adviser James Clapper to investigate whether a columnist for The Daily Beast received the same classified foreign policy briefings as President Barack Obama.
“While I recognize that members of the Executive Branch provide background briefings to members of the media, I do not recall any occasion where a journalist received an intelligence briefing equivalent to that received by the President or the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., especially in the aftermath of a terrorist attack against U.S. personnel,” King wrote to the high-ranking national security officials in a letter obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller.
King asked whether “other members of the media receive the intelligence briefings,” but his inquiry focuses on The Daily Beast’s Dr. Leslie Gelb.