The president’s latest defense of Hillary Clinton has struck a nerve with Republicans and government leakers such as Edward Snowden, says The Hill newspaper.
Obama's comments in a “Fox News Sunday” interview — “there’s classified and then there’s classified” — only repeated what critics of government secrecy long have contended: that most of what is classified is merely sensitive, a little embarrassing or perhaps a policy debate still in progress, says The New York Times.
But those are distinctions the Obama administration hasn’t necessarily made in its treatment of classified information when dealing with news organizations, whistle-blowers or government officials accused of leaking information, says the Times.
Obama often has prided himself on leading “the most transparent administration in history,” and in fact the number of new classified documents has declined under his watch, says The Hill.
Yet, at the same time, the Obama administration has been pilloried for its poor responsiveness under the Freedom of Information Act, with requests that can take years to fulfill and record levels of document-withholding by agencies.
And more leakers have faced charges under the 1917 Espionage Act under this president than all others combined.