Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) along with 20 members in the House of Representatives have sent the following letter to President Obama asking his administration to investigate leaks reported in the media pertaining to American and Israeli defense planning. Congressman Price recently led a delegation to Jordan, Turkey, and Israel where members met with Turkish President Gul, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, and King Abdullah II of Jordan to discuss the current challenges facing our allies as well as America's strategic interests in the region.
Dear President Obama:
We are writing to request that you immediately order an investigation into possible violation of U.S. law regarding numerous leaks of sensitive information involving U.S. and Israeli military, intelligence, and operational capabilities. These leaks undermine our national security, as well as Israel's ability to defend itself against the multitude of threats that seek to jeopardize Israel's sovereignty and destabilize the region.
On March 19, 2012, The New York Times reported the name, scenarios, and conclusions of a classified war simulation recently conducted by United States Central Command (CENTCOM) to analyze an Israeli military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. The article included detailed information provided by U.S. officials who took part in the simulation or were later briefed on the results.
A little over one week later, on March 28, 2012, Foreign Policy magazine reported that Israel had been granted secret access to airbases in Azerbaijan near Iran's northern border which would be used to launch air or drone-based strikes, and search and rescue aircraft in the event of an Israeli military operation against Iran. The Foreign Policy article quoted "high-level sources inside the U.S. government," and specifically quoted "a senior administration official" and "a military intelligence officer engaged in assessing the ramifications of a prospective Israeli attack."
There are some who believe that these leaks are intended to selectively release sensitive information about Israel's military, intelligence, and operational capabilities which may, in turn, undermine Israel's ability to defend itself. Whether the leaks are intentional or not, they weaken U.S. and Israeli national security, strengthen Iran's defensive posture, and put American and Israeli lives at risk. These leaks not only violate U.S. law, but they send a chilling message to our allies around the world.
As you have said on multiple occasions, Israel has the right to defend itself. Therefore, we believe you must make prosecution a top priority and hold accountable those who are in violation of U.S. law, thus putting at risk U.S. and Israeli national security. We urge you to take immediate action to ensure such leaks do not continue to threaten our national security and Israel's self-defense capabilities.
We look forward to working with you on this important matter. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.