Investigation started in intelligence leak

May 13, 2012 at 9:54 PM
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WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. House Intelligence Committee chairman said Sunday he is looking into whether a full-blown investigation is warranted into the underwear bomb plot leak.

While speaking with NBC's "Meet The Press," Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said the leaking of information is damaging to intelligence agencies.

"You know, when this -- information like this gets leaked, it is incredibly damaging to our intelligence community's ability to take that investigation through all of its natural course," he said. "Any information that is leaked out, referenced to that -- the operational details, who we were or were not working with overseas, is dangerous for us to try to catch the next generation of bombers who we know are existing and running around."

When asked if he knew who leaked the information, Rogers didn't say, but noted he "ordered a preliminary review" into the incident.

After the review, "We will make a determination, either a full-blown committee investigation or we'll refer it to criminal charges to the FBI," Rogers said.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, told Fox News the leaking of intelligence information can hurt the United States' relations with other countries.

"It certainly jeopardizes our ability to relate to other countries and for other countries to help us, and it gives a tip off to [al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula] to be more careful about who they use as their couriers, as their bombers," she said. "So the leak did endanger sources and methods, and the leak I think has to be prosecuted."

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