Obama points at national security about AP leaks

US President said "The whole goal of this media shield law was finding a way to strike that balance appropriately"

Obama points at national security about AP leaks

World Bulletin/News Desk

US President Barack Obama said, "The whole goal of this media shield law, that was worked on and largely endorsed by folks like The Washington Post editorial page and by prosecutors, was finding a way to strike that balance appropriately."      

Replying to questions about US Justice Department's obtaining phone records from the Associated Press, at the joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Obama said that he needed to watch some balances to protect the national security.      

Remarking that there were still around 60,000 troops in Afghanistan, several intelligence officers around the world in risky situations such as Benghazi, "Leaks related to national security can put people at risk. They can put men and women in uniform that I've sent into the battlefield at risk. They can put some of our intelligence officers who are in various dangerous situations that are easily compromised at risk," said Obama.      

Adding that the US national security was dependent on the American officers operating with confidence, Obama said, "So I make no apologies, and I don't think the American people would expect me, as commander in chief, not to be concerned about information that might compromise their missions or might get them killed."      

Emphasizing on striking some kind of a balance, Obama further explained, "The whole goal of this media shield law, that was worked on and largely endorsed by folks like The Washington Post editorial page and by prosecutors, was finding a way to strike that balance appropriately."      

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