Attorney General Eric Holder appointed the two U.S. attorneys to investigate the possible leak of classified information by the White House to reporters, even as President Obama defended his administration against claims that it was complicit, the Washington Post reports. .
Holder said the investigations by U.S. attorneys Ronald Machen of Washington, D.C. and Rod Rosenstein of Maryland will be conducted separately from the probes launched by the FBI into the possible disclosure of classified information to reporters. Obama disputed charges from some Republican lawmakers that his administration had been complicit in the sensitive information being made public.”The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive. It's wrong,” he said. Among the reports at issue are a New York Times article on Obama's approval of a “kill list” of suspected terrorists targeted with drone attacks and reports in the Times and the Post on U.S. involvement in cyberattacks on Iran's nuclear program.