NSA and DOJ mum on investigation into al-Qaida conference call leak

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Neither the National Security Agency nor the Department of Justice will say whether the government plans to investigate intelligence leaks about al-Qaida’s so-called “Legion of Doom” conference call.

The NSA declined The Daily Caller’s request for comment about whether an internal investigation into the leaks had been initiated. The DOJ did not respond to the Daily Caller’s multiple requests for comment by the time of publication.

There is currently little indication, however, that the federal government is investigating the three anonymous U.S. intelligence officials who spoke to The Daily Beast, or the anonymous U.S. official who spoke to McClatchy, about the intercepted Internet al-Qaida conference call.

The U.S. government ordered the closing of 22 embassies across the Middle East and Africa due to national security threats made during an intercepted Internet conference call between over 20 al-Qaida representatives, including al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

19 of the embassies remained closed for the remainder of the week due to safety concerns, with 18 of the 19 scheduled to reopen Sunday.

The Obama administration has been criticized on numerous occasions for leaking classified information for political gain, despite its own aggressive war against whistleblowers.

During a press conference on Friday, President Obama denounced former NSA contractor Edward Snowden for revealing the portions of the federal government’s global surveillance programs while taking credit for wanting to bring transparency to the intelligence community.

ABC reported Friday that President Obama, however, potentially broke the law when he admitted to the existence of a sealed indictment against the terrorists involved in the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, which resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens.

State Department Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and CIA security contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were also killed in the attack.

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