"Face the Nation" transcript May 13: Same-sex marriage, bomb plot leak, Mother's Day panel
REPRESENTATIVE MIKE ROGERS: Mm-Hm.
BOB SCHIEFFER: --that managed to get this sophisticated new underwear bomb and how this plot was foiled and as I understand it, we now have the bomb. We know where it came from and all of that. But there were these leaks and-- and in the beginning, the administration seemed to come on television and con-- basically confirm all of this, and then a report came up that, wait a minute, this was not a U.S. agent involved, it was a British agent. And the administration seemed to pull back, I mean, what-- what's going on here?
REPRESENTATIVE MIKE ROGERS: Well, I wish that-- that commonsense pullback would have happened much sooner, you know, when this information like this gets leaked, Bob, it is incredibly damaging to our intelligence community's ability to take that investigation through all of its natural course. There are somebody getting up in Yemen today trying to figure out what that next generation of bomb looks like that circumvents airport security and gets on an airplane to kill and slaughter innocent people. Any information that is leaked out referenced to that the operational details, who we were or were not working with overseas, is dangerous for us to try to catch the next generation of-- of bombers who-- who are-- we know are existing and running around in Yemen.
BOB SCHIEFFER (voice overlapping): Let me-- do you have any idea who-- who-- what the motivation was for the leak? Was it somebody in the U.S. government that was trying to take credit for this or they wanted the news-- what-- what do you make of this?
REPRESENTATIVE MIKE ROGERS: Well, clear, I think there was a little premature chest-thumping in this whole thing and I've ordered a preliminary review. And I will tell you, this has been a damaging leak. We shouldn't underestimate what really happened here.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Mm-Hm.
REPRESENTATIVE MIKE ROGERS: When you jeopardize our Foreign Service liaison partners, any of them that may or may not have been involved, or you jeopardize the conclusion of wrapping up all of the people involved, that's dangerous to our national security.
BOB SCHIEFFER: But-- but let me make sure I understand what you just said here. You're saying that somebody in the U.S. government prematurely leaked this to take credit for it, to-- to brag about it.
REPRESENTATIVE MIKE ROGERS: Well, you said "brag about it." I said, "chest-thumping," but it clearly raises some serious questions that we're going to have to ask. We do know that the CIA was trying to stop the story. And we know that there was a scheduled White House-- or at least planned press conference on the particular event. And those two desperate positions leaves one to believe that there were some-- someone was at odds about how much they should or shouldn't talk about it. And just the very thought that they were going to go through with that and not put full pressure on to not let this story out before all the operation was going-- I would argue this--
BOB SCHIEFFER (voice overlapping): But what-- what you're saying here, I mean, stories come about, I've always said news gets out because somebody wants it out.
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