Sunday, October 21, 2012

Levin blasts Issa's release of sensitive Libya information

By The Detroit News

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined congressional Democrats Sunday who've criticized a House panel's move to release sensitive information about U.S. diplomatic activities in Libya, including the names of Libyans working with U.S. officials.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight Committee, released the documents Friday as part of its inquiry into the Obama administration's handling of an attack last month on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American staffers.

"While I don't see how Congressman Issa's obvious attempts to make political hay out of this tragedy will succeed in advancing his partisan goals, what is clear is that the reckless release of the names of Libyans who have worked with us could jeopardize the lives of those individuals and damage U.S. interests," Levin said in a statement Sunday.

Issa and other Republicans have been critical of the Obama administration's handling and accounts of the attack, which has become a hot issue in the last weeks of the presidential election campaign....

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