Issa Blasted by Senator For Releasing Sensitive Libya Docs

"The wholesale release of State Department documents by the House Oversight Committee has exposed Libyan nationals working with the United States to possible danger," wrote Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).

Sen. John Kerry has criticized Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Ca.) for releasing -- through his House Oversight Committee -- 166 pages of State Department papers containing the names of Libyans working with the United States.

Issa, whose 49th Congressional District covers Temecula, Lake Elsinore and Wildomar, was also blasted by the Obama Administration.

The materials refer to the September attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and four others.

"The wholesale release of State Department documents by the House Oversight Committee has exposed Libyan nationals working with the United States to possible danger," Kerry wrote.

"This is irresponsible and inexcusable, and perhaps worst of all it was entirely avoidable. It is profoundly against America's interests in a difficult region," he said.

Kerry went on to say that he is no stranger to working with sensitive investigations and what Issa did reflects a "moment of real incompetence and irresponsibility."

The senator said that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is conducting the investigation and has sent two letters requesting information.

"The House committee seems to (be) adopting a very different set of investigative techniques."

Kerry contends that Issa's move is a "political sideshow presumably driven by the calendar of Monday's upcoming presidential debate."

According to the Huffington Post, administration officials told Foreign Policy magazine that the leak, along with Issa's failure to redact the names of Libyan civilians and local leaders mentioned by name in cables sent back and forth, could have "unintended consequences."

"This does damage to the individuals because they are named, danger to security cooperation because these are militias and groups that we work with and that is now well known, and danger to the investigation, because these people could help us down the road," an administration official told the magazine.

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Issa and fellow congressman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), accused the administration of not being "straighforward" with its citizens.

He claims that the administration has been less than truthful when it says that the attack was a spontaneous response to a YouTube video.

However, according to ABCnews.go.com, the most recent intelligence indicates that the attack -- while not necessarily sparked by a politically charged video -- was more of "an opportunistic response to the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

"Right now, there isn’t any intelligence that the attackers pre-planned their assault days or weeks in advance,” a U.S. intelligence official told reporter Luis Martinez.

”The bulk of available information supports the early assessment that the attackers launched their assault opportunistically after they learned about the violence at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.”

Issa and Chaffetz also claim that the Obama Administration repeatedly refused to upgrade its security at the embassy in Libya.

According to Issa, the administration "systematically decreased existing security."

The letter is included in a PDF attached to this story.

Kerry's statement in its entirety is below:

Washington, DC – Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the release of documents, concerning the recent events in Libya, by the House Oversight Committee.

"The wholesale release of State Department documents by the House Oversight Committee has exposed Libyan nationals working with the United States to possible danger. This is irresponsible and inexcusable, and perhaps worst of all it was entirely avoidable. It is profoundly against America's interests in a difficult region.

Oversight and investigation is the job of Congress. I know how to run a real investigation. It's a responsibility I take personally as someone who spent years in the Senate leading difficult, sensitive, and comprehensive investigations on everything from BCCI and illegal money laundering to the fate of American soldiers missing in Vietnam. I don't say casually that this release of sensitive materials was a moment of real incompetence and irresponsibility.

The Foreign Relations Committee is committed to getting all the facts about what happened, and we’ve been in regular contact with the Administration to do so. The Committee has sent two letters asking questions, including one signed by all committee members, and we will have another committee briefing as soon as we reconvene. The House committee seems to adopting a very different set of investigative techniques. It's bad enough that it's becoming a political sideshow presumably driven by the calendar of Monday's upcoming presidential debate, but even worse is that in their rush to make news they've exposed Libyans who were working side by side with America."

5150 October 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Thats right , Obummer always trying to blame others for his ignorant decisions, screw the libyans you cant trust them scum bags either
Steven Janiszewski October 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM
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On the right side October 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM
What do you mean "so what". Unfortunately he is the president. Lying and fabricating stories to avoid responsibilities should NEVER be an option. Romney as a person is head and sholder above the slime bucket we are saddled with now. This Mormon crap is just that, CRAP!!! You've got to be an IDIOT to believe and spout this BS.
Chalino Sanchez October 21, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Say's the guy supporting Romney! Ha
gordon October 21, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Where was our second favorite war protestor (first is ms fonda) when obama released the name of the doctor who provided us intelligence on the whereabouts of Bin Laden, eventually to wind up in a Pakistani prison for thirty years to life. you gotta love them democrats.....just dont vote for them.
Dog October 21, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Expect the Huffington/Puffington Post owned Patch to print a lot of these distraction stories leading up to the election, their desperation is starting to show...
V.W.D.S. October 21, 2012 at 04:19 PM
First of all - no matter what - I want ANSWERS from the Obama administration as to WHY they did not heed the warnings or attempt to protect our Ambassador. Second, I want to know WHY they used the video 'cover up story' because it was NEVER believable in the first place. THIRD I want accountability from our President and his fellow Administration members. I am THANKFUL to ISSA for stepping up and taking on the hard issues when no one else seems to worry about US -WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND ANSWERS.
V.W.D.S. October 21, 2012 at 04:23 PM
wow, nutcase! How do you turn a story about the Oversight Committee into Mormon bashing? AND YES, OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION LIED to the AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE PAY THEIR Salaries - WE expect them to work for US - OBAMA and his administration are POINT BLANK LIARS on several issues. THEY NEED TO GO along with all the other slimy democrats that have ruined our state! Get them ALL OUT! leeches!
Mr. Logical October 21, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Andria October 21, 2012 at 04:55 PM
What I want to know is why we're beginning to see one-sided reporting from THIS news source. Why didn't this article include this information? "The names of individuals who worked with the embassy in Benghazi were captured by the insurgents who raided it as initial reports have stated. Classified documents were not destroyed in time and captured by the insurgents." If I understand this correctly, the information Issa released was already in the hands of the "dangerous people".
Popeye October 21, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Keep drinking the excuse Kool Aid.
Antonio October 21, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Issa is "ethically challenged" if you know what I mean. He was pounding the Administration to release confidential records under "Fast and Furious" that also would expose U.S. Agents to criminal elements. Same thing with this latest incident. He uses his office for purely partisan politics. The wealthiest person in Congress so he fights for the wealthy. Check out his criminal background in the SF bay area. So he would naturally gravitate to the republican "culture of corruption." Did the Administration make a mistake in judgement on Benghazi security: probably budget concerns trumped too much risk. Did the military flub this one? Probably, because there are at least 3 US Bases within 2 hours of Benghazi yet it took 24 hours for boots on the ground. We make judgements not against an ideal but relatively, for example compared to G.W. Bush administration we have made good progress in our economic recovery and protecting consumers against predatory corporations.
KevWild October 21, 2012 at 08:08 PM
: You should vote for Izza because he gets away with it & I can stand behind that! =)
Antonio October 21, 2012 at 08:11 PM
You heard it hear first folks. KevWild is fine with corruption in our public elected officials as long as they get away with it. Hey KevWild, have you ever heard the phrase "better to keep your mouth shut and have people think your an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt?"
KevWild October 21, 2012 at 08:20 PM
: The great thing about being a keyboard commando is that I say what ever I want! =)
KevWild October 21, 2012 at 08:24 PM
: Lyn, my name and my picture has been copied by another blogger (i know who it is). I have no control over what the other person says. Sorry.
KevWild October 21, 2012 at 08:27 PM
: You believe me don't you? =)
KevWild October 21, 2012 at 08:29 PM
: Ok Lyn, I'm sorry.
TVOR October 21, 2012 at 09:20 PM
If the information was proven to have been compromised before anyway then it doesn't seem like such a big deal, however, from the standpoint of procedure you should never release that kind of information. It sends a message to the world that we can't be trusted to protect our operatives and makes it nearly impossible to recruit trustworthy operatives. I think in the grand scheme of things it was poor judgement to release that information even if it had been previously compromised.
KevWild October 21, 2012 at 09:28 PM
: Tvor, but my name HAS been compromised! I swear it! Besides they're my friends, not yours, so mind your own business, ok? Lol =)
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Antonio October 22, 2012 at 02:52 AM
There are lots of different "dangerous peoples. Don't you understand who D. Issa is? He will sell his soul to protect the wealthy of which is the wealthiest in Congress. He will do anything to attack a Democrat administration even if innocents get hurt.
Desert Dweller October 22, 2012 at 03:14 AM
It's all partisan politics, if we keep voting for people that disregard the Constitution of the United States, we will keep getting this crap. We see two candidates, one who will serve the Democrat party and one that will serve the Republican Party, neither serve the American people as the constitution intended. Constitutionalists will always be hidden by the media. We just get party slaves that serve the power of the party.
Reverend Smith October 22, 2012 at 05:03 PM
This isn't the first time an ambitious republican has compromised US security by releasing top secret information when it benefited his personal and party agenda. Oliver North exposed a top secret operation to take down Colombian cocaine cartel to try and prove the Sandinistas were moving cocaine. So he showed classified photos before congress. It killed blew the operation and resulted in some assassinations of undercover and informants. North was trying to counter numerous charges that the Contras, who the Reagan Administration was illegally giving weapons, was moving arms. It's now known the contras were deeply involved in causing the cocaine epidemic that swept the country in the 80's and that the photos of North showed were not representative of Sandanistas role in drug trafficking. Reagan also said he wasn't trading arms for hostages (held by Iran). But he later had to eat his words only when the Iran Contra investigation proved that in fact he was and that Reagan was further in cahoots with Iran when they held the hostages to make Reagan's opponent, Carter look bad. Then Iran released the hostages simultaneous to Reagan's inauguration. There are many other cases of Republicans violating secrecy when it will make them look good in the eyes of the ignorant and clueless Republican electorate. This is only the latest. And would you really expect more from a former car thief?
No one October 22, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Very true Pacificmarlin! The White House needs to respond to why they failed to provide the security requested by the Ambassador and then when the embassy was bombed, why they continued to call the attack a response to the alleged movie defaming Mohammad when in fact it was a terrorist attack. Reality check is needed. #nobama2012#
Antonio October 22, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Are you referring to the same Spiro Agnew who was convicted of public corruption as CEO of Prince George' County, Maryland and forced to resign as Nixon's Vice President. He joins such other Republican leaders convicted or forced to resign for corruption; Richard Nixon, Oliver North, and more recently convicted felon Republican Congressman Tom Delay of Texas who said on March 12, 2003, "In the face of war nothing is more important than cutting taxes." Delay's previous job as a pest exterminator I guess didn't prepare him for the level of logic required of a congressman. Who's Tom Whale, another right-wing wacko?
Antonio October 22, 2012 at 10:32 PM
You know Gordon if you have to lie what does that say about your position? President Obama got Osama Bin Laden, GW Bush got squat. The Obama administration protested the Pakistani doctors arrest and conviction. But Pakistan, as a sovereign country, does what they want. I think they will release the doctor in a while. Do you have any arguments of any substance. "Leave the spinning of facts" to the experts.
Molly Kelly October 23, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Issa shows that he lacks discretion. The 49th district has been redrawn and not everyone knows that Issa might be their next congressman as most of the district is new. Yet, he will not debate his opponent Jerry Tetalman. Jerry is strong congressional material. He is of good character, honest and supports a clean coast (no drilling), women's sovereignty over there own bodies (he ran an emergency room for awhile.), and education. The new district goes from the tip of La Jolla all the way up to Dana Point. It hugs right along the coast and I believe there are many people who have enough critical thinking skills to know that Issa is a grand-stander and not of good character.
Antonio October 23, 2012 at 08:44 PM
You know your facts and can interpret them correctly. Thanks.


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