Woodward and Bernstein: Don’t let White House ‘leaks’ probe target journalists
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As pressure mounts from lawmakers who want the government to crack down on government leaks to the press, the two most famous leak recipients of all time have warned against a "witch hunt."
"I think first you've got to be very careful about creating a witch hunt for sources," said Carl Bernstein on "Face the Nation" Sunday, "and a witch hunt in which you go after reporters, because now more than ever we need real reporting on this presidency, on national security, on all these areas. And the press is not the problem here."
"And by having an investigation, I mean, was there real harm to the national security?," added Bob Woodward. "I think that question needs to be addressed at a policy level. And it's very difficult, I know from doing stories like this, where you are dealing with sensitive government secrets, to modulate and be careful, at the same time hold the government accountable for what they're doing."
Woodward and Bernstein spoke out on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal and just days after The New York Times was put on the defensive for recent stories on President Obama's so called "kill list" and American cyberattacks against Iran.
You can read the full transcript of their "Face the Nation" interview here and watch the video below:
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