President Biden on Thursday said that investigators are “getting close” to identifying the source of a U. S. intelligence leak that revealed details about the war in Ukraine and U.S. spying efforts on some of its closest allies.
“There’s a full-blown investigation going on, as you know, with the intelligence community and the Justice Department, and they’re getting close,” Biden said while visiting Dublin.
The Defense Department and the Justice Department have each opened an investigation into the leak, which the president said prevented him from sharing any updates on the matter.
Despite his top aides this week expressing concerns about some of the contents of the leak as well as the freshness of some documents, some of which are dated as soon as February, Biden said he was more concerned about how it occurred than what was revealed.
“I’m not concerned about the leak,” Biden said. “I’m concerned that it happened. But there’s nothing contemporaneous that I’m aware of that’s of great consequence.”
Several leaked documents that appeared to have classified information about the Russian invasion into Ukraine and other national security topics were posted on social media websites but only discovered last week. The roughly 100 leaked records has created an embarrassing situation for the Biden administration and forced the U. S. to respond by attempting to smooth things over this week with its allies.
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