WASHINGTON - June 9, 2012
Two U.S. attorneys are taking over separate FBI investigations into leaks of national security information that critics have accused the White House of orchestrating to improve President Barack Obama's re-election chances.
Obama is calling such claims "offensive" and "wrong."
Recent news articles contain details of U.S. involvement in a partially successful computer virus attack on Iran's nuclear program and on the selection of targets for counterterrorism assassination plots. The leaked information generally paints Obama as a decisive and hands-on commander in chief.
Speaking to reporters at a news conference Friday, Obama promised investigations into the source of the leaks.
Hours later, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that two U.S. attorneys will lead the investigations. Holder said he's confident that the prosecutors will follow the facts and evidence wherever they lead.