CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 10, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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DEVELOPING: WHITE HOUSE DEFENDS SURVEILLANCE… A day after former intelligence worker Edward Snowden outed himself as the man responsible for leaking details of U.S. surveillance programs, White House spokesman Jay Carney defended the administration's stance on the initiatives, calling them a necessary middle way between total privacy and unacceptable threat.
SHUNNING THE SPOTLIGHT? Although Snowden told the Guardian he didn’t “want public attention because I don't want the story to be about me,” his coming forward headlined The New York Times (LINK), The Washington Post (LINK), The Wall Street Journal (LINK) and USA Today (LINK).
ECONOMIC REPERCUSSIONS: BOOZ ALLEN STOCK TUMBLES ON WHISTLEBLOWER NEWS… Shares of Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) declined more than 4% on Monday a day after employee Edward Snowden revealed himself as the whistleblower on the National Security Agency surveillance program that allegedly has collected vast amounts of phone and Internet data of U.S. citizens. – Hibah Yousuf for CNN Money
NEW TO TWITTER: @HillaryClinton
MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end mixed following Friday's big rally. Dow dips 10 points, with NASDAQ barely higher and S&P flat.
What city in North America was the first to certify a full same-sex marriage license?
What caught our eye today in politics
President Barack Obama decried the disclosure of classified information regarding NSA programs that monitor the nation’s telephone and Internet usage on Friday, calling breaches of state secrets something that can put “personnel in very dangerous situations” at risk.
“I don’t welcome leaks because there’s a reason why these programs are classified,” Obama said in response to a question in California on Friday.
But Obama’s attack on leakers is far from unique. In fact, attempting to thwart leakers by investigating them is almost a presidential tradition.
“It is a problem every president faces,” said Jordan Tama, a professor at American University and national security expert. “People have leaked information to reporters since the beginning of the country.”
Here is just a sampling of what other president have said about leaks:
President Gerald Ford in 1976: “If I had a quick way I could find out who does the leaking, I would do whatever I could the next day. But they are skillful. Leakers have a devastating impact on good government.”
President Jimmy Carter in 1977: “That’s one of the most difficult things I’ve had to face in Washington, how to deal with breaches of secrecy. … I don’t know where the blame lies.”
President Ronald Reagan in 1983: “I’ve had it up to my keister with these leaks.”
President George H.W. Bush in 1992: “I find it extraordinarily difficult to find leakers. It is extraordinarily difficult. I’d like to find the leaker, and I’d like to see the leaker fired.”
Tama said the reason leaks have continued despite presidential attention to them is because people in government will always have “incentives” to leak state secrets.
First, he said, people leak information as a way to “to publicize wrongdoing.” The second reason, he said, is to “try to push what they consider the right policy decision or policy debate.”
And why can’t presidents get a handle on leaks? Because most leakers are never prosecuted, or even discovered, said Tama.
“I think if most leakers were actually prosecuted, that would be a powerful deterrent. It has been very hard for presidents to prosecute or otherwise penalize many leakers,” Tama concluded. “It is not easy to catch these leakers and therefore they don’t feel like there is much risk that they are going to get caught.”
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Leading CNNPolitics: What's behind the drop in Hillary Clinton's numbers?
Three national polls out over the past two weeks indicate the same thing – former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's favorable rating is dropping. – Paul Steinhauser and Ashley Killough
Leading Drudge: Another Day... Another Scandal
You can trust me, Obama said back in 2008. And – for a while, at least – a good piece of the country did. But with big promises often come big failures – and the potential for big hits to the one thing that can make or break a presidency: credibility. – Liz Sidoti for the AP
Leading HuffPo: 'Very Disappointing': Grim Anniversary Marked Amid Little Progress
Six months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, some of the victims' families are heading to Capitol Hill to remind lawmakers they are painfully waiting for action, while some of the president's allies are asking him to do more without any new prospects of legislation to toughen gun laws. – Nedra Pickler and Alan Fram for the AP
Leading Politico: McConnell, Reid: 2 sides of same coin
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has carved out a role as the chief antagonist to Barack Obama and Harry Reid, lampooning the president’s unpopularity in Kentucky and regularly attacking the majority leader’s stewardship of the Senate. But McConnell’s 2014 campaign is a far different story: It’s a spitting image of the tactics both Obama and Reid used to pull off difficult reelection victories in the face of sagging approval ratings. – Jonathan Martin and Manu Raju
Leading The New York Times: Senate Digs In for Long Battle on Overhaul of Immigration
The immigration debate enters a crucial phase this week, as Republicans contend with internal divisions over whether to support a bill that could help mend their party’s standing with Latinos. – Michael Shear and Ashley Parker
The political bites of the day
– Leaks don’t endanger lives, says journalist –
GLENN GREENWALD, COLUMNIST FOR “THE GUARDIAN,” IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN’S JAKE TAPPER: “When the U.S. government says what they say in every single case, when you uncover their secret misconduct, which is these people have endangered national security and made people - people should be afraid that they're going to be attacked by the terrorists, we should all be rational and not simply accept that claim. I defy anybody, Jake, to go and look at what it is that we published over the last week and describe how any of that could have harmed national security.”
– ‘Achieving an appropriate balance’ on domestic surveillance –
PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY AT THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING: “The president made clear on Friday that he believes that it is entirely appropriate to debate these matters, as we find the appropriate balance between our national security interests on one hand and privacy interests on the other. He also made clear that you cannot have 100% security and 100% privacy or zero inconvenience and he believes that we are achieving an appropriate balance.”
– Defector? –
REPUBLICAN REP. PETER KING OF NEW YORK IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “He knows who our intelligence assets are, who our intelligence agents are around the world, and the fact he has allowed our enemy to know what our sources and methods are is extremely dangerous. I think he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I consider him right now to be a defector.”
– Leaker praises leaker –
DANIEL ELLSBERG, WHO RELEASED THE PENTAGON PAPERS, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “I'm very impressed by what I've heard in the last couple hours, including Snowden's own video here. I think he's done an enormous service, incalculable service. Can't be overestimated to this democracy.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN
On this day in 2001, Ontario, Canada, became the first North American city to certify a full same-sex marriage license.
Although Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell, two Canadian men, married in Ontario on this day in history, their marriage was initially challenged and denied by the state.
The challenge was taken to court in 2003, where the marriage’s legality was upheld.
Although cities in North America had certified same-sex marriages between 2001 and 2003, Bourassa and Varnell’s marriage was retroactively certified to be the first ever same-sex marriage in North America.
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