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This is a rush transcript from "Fox News Sunday," June 17, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: Did officials in the Obama administration leak sensitive national secrets to help the president win re-election?adsonar_placementId=1502157;adsonar_pid=150758;adsonar_ps=-1;adsonar_zw=198;adsonar_zh=170;adsonar_jv='ads.adsonar.com';

We'll find out just how damaging the leaks are and discuss who should lead the investigation -- with David Plouffe, senior adviser to President Obama, Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and former CIA director, General Michael Hayden.

Plus, a big change in immigration policy. We'll ask our Sunday panel is it amnesty or helps the president win Hispanic voters.

And our power player of the week puts a nonpolitical price tag on congressional action.

All right now on "Fox News Sunday."

(MUSIC)

WALLACE: Hello, again and happy Father's Day from Fox News in Washington.

We are going to focus on the extraordinary series of disclosures in recent weeks of highly sensitive secrets on the U.S. war on terror. In a few minutes, we'll talk with the former head of the CIA and the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

But, first, David Plouffe, senior adviser to the president, is here to talk about the leaks and much more.

Mr. Plouffe, welcome back to "Fox News Sunday."

DAVID PLOUFFE, SENIOR ADVISER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thanks for having me, Chris.

WALLACE: Let's start with the disclosure of top secrets and what the president said nine days ago. Here it is.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: But, of course, the president can declassify any information, any classified information that he wants.

Simple question, did the president or any other top official declassify any of the information that appeared in these articles?

PLOUFFE: Well, the president was very clear about this, Chris, in that interview, that he has zero tolerance for this kind of national security leak. There has now been by the attorney general, two United States attorneys appointed to investigate this, including a Bush appointee. We take this seriously, as anything can be taken. No one more than the president relies on this information to make good decisions and keep this country safe. I believe the person who wrote the book in question has said that no one in the White House provide this information. We need a thorough investigation --

WALLACE: No, he has not said that. David Sanger said that, in fact, he did talk to top White House officials. He said it wasn't leaks. That he's been investigating a -- he did not say that, he, in fact, said he did talk to people in the White House.

PLOUFFE: Well, for the book, sure. He's a prominent national security reporter, obviously, who is writing about these important issues facing the country.

But there's going to be a very thorough investigation. The attorney general spoke to us. Two United States attorneys will look under every rock here. This ought to be investigated as thoroughly as anything can, and we ought to wait for the results of that investigation.

WALLACE: But I do want to ask you, because you didn't answer my direction question. Did the president or any other top official declassify any of the information that appeared in these articles?

PLOUFFE: No, the president and his national security team -- first of all, these are the folks who waged just a relentless and effective effort against al Qaeda and its leadership. We decimated most of the top leadership including bin Laden. This national security information is so critical for the president and his administration to make the right decision. Nobody takes it more seriously than the president of the United States.

WALLACE: Forgive me, sir. It's a yes or no. Did the president declassify any of this information?

PLOUFFE: No, of course, he didn't. Of course, he didn't.

WALLACE: He did not?

PLOUFFE: No.

WALLACE: OK. Let's go through some of the secrets that were disclosed in these articles.

The CIA had a double agent inside Al Qaeda in Yemen who foiled a new bomb plot. The president personally approved a kill list of terror suspects in drone strikes, and the U.S. and Israel launched a cyber attack against the Iran's nuclear program.

Here are some of the people quoted in the articles. I'm not saying that they gave up these secrets, but they are quoted in these articles. National Security adviser Tom Donilon, former White House chief-of-staff Bill Daley, members of the president's national security team who are in meetings with him in the Situation Room.

And the president had no idea who divulged these secrets?

PLOUFFE: Listen, leaders in our administration, of course, they are going to talk about the president's strategic approach to keeping this country safe, our foreign policy. But to suggest somehow that the people that he relies on for advice every day would leak information like this is just absolutely wrong. It's highly objectionable. And listen --

WALLACE: But they did.

PLOUFFE: Well, let's --

WALLACE: I'm not saying it was Donilon or Daley, but there are people quoted by these reporters and they say that they were members of the national security team who are in the Situation Room with the president. Those were the sources.

PLOUFFE: You are putting up pictures of Tom Donilon and Bill Daley, suggesting somehow that they did something untoward here.

WALLACE: I just said they are quoted in the articles, but specifically with the quotes about these details. It says members of the national security team.

PLOUFFE: Well, listen, I see the Capitol behind you right now.  Print  Email  Share    Recommend Tweet

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This is a rush transcript from "Fox News Sunday," June 17, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: Did officials in the Obama administration leak sensitive national secrets to help the president win re-election?

We'll find out just how damaging the leaks are and discuss who should lead the investigation -- with David Plouffe, senior adviser to President Obama, Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and former CIA director, General Michael Hayden.

Plus, a big change in immigration policy. We'll ask our Sunday panel is it amnesty or helps the president win Hispanic voters.

And our power player of the week puts a nonpolitical price tag on congressional action.

All right now on "Fox News Sunday."

(MUSIC)

WALLACE: Hello, again and happy Father's Day from Fox News in Washington.

We are going to focus on the extraordinary series of disclosures in recent weeks of highly sensitive secrets on the U.S. war on terror. In a few minutes, we'll talk with the former head of the CIA and the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

But, first, David Plouffe, senior adviser to the president, is here to talk about the leaks and much more.

Mr. Plouffe, welcome back to "Fox News Sunday."

DAVID PLOUFFE, SENIOR ADVISER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thanks for having me, Chris.

WALLACE: Let's start with the disclosure of top secrets and what the president said nine days ago. Here it is.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: But, of course, the president can declassify any information, any classified information that he wants.

Simple question, did the president or any other top official declassify any of the information that appeared in these articles?

PLOUFFE: Well, the president was very clear about this, Chris, in that interview, that he has zero tolerance for this kind of national security leak. There has now been by the attorney general, two United States attorneys appointed to investigate this, including a Bush appointee. We take this seriously, as anything can be taken. No one more than the president relies on this information to make good decisions and keep this country safe. I believe the person who wrote the book in question has said that no one in the White House provide this information. We need a thorough investigation --

WALLACE: No, he has not said that. David Sanger said that, in fact, he did talk to top White House officials. He said it wasn't leaks. That he's been investigating a -- he did not say that, he, in fact, said he did talk to people in the White House.

PLOUFFE: Well, for the book, sure. He's a prominent national security reporter, obviously, who is writing about these important issues facing the country.

But there's going to be a very thorough investigation. The attorney general spoke to us. Two United States attorneys will look under every rock here. This ought to be investigated as thoroughly as anything can, and we ought to wait for the results of that investigation.

WALLACE: But I do want to ask you, because you didn't answer my direction question. Did the president or any other top official declassify any of the information that appeared in these articles?

PLOUFFE: No, the president and his national security team -- first of all, these are the folks who waged just a relentless and effective effort against al Qaeda and its leadership. We decimated most of the top leadership including bin Laden. This national security information is so critical for the president and his administration to make the right decision. Nobody takes it more seriously than the president of the United States.

WALLACE: Forgive me, sir. It's a yes or no. Did the president declassify any of this information?

PLOUFFE: No, of course, he didn't. Of course, he didn't.

WALLACE: He did not?

PLOUFFE: No.

WALLACE: OK. Let's go through some of the secrets that were disclosed in these articles.

The CIA had a double agent inside Al Qaeda in Yemen who foiled a new bomb plot. The president personally approved a kill list of terror suspects in drone strikes, and the U.S. and Israel launched a cyber attack against the Iran's nuclear program.

Here are some of the people quoted in the articles. I'm not saying that they gave up these secrets, but they are quoted in these articles. National Security adviser Tom Donilon, former White House chief-of-staff Bill Daley, members of the president's national security team who are in meetings with him in the Situation Room.

And the president had no idea who divulged these secrets?

PLOUFFE: Listen, leaders in our administration, of course, they are going to talk about the president's strategic approach to keeping this country safe, our foreign policy. But to suggest somehow that the people that he relies on for advice every day would leak information like this is just absolutely wrong. It's highly objectionable. And listen --

WALLACE: But they did.

PLOUFFE: Well, let's --

WALLACE: I'm not saying it was Donilon or Daley, but there are people quoted by these reporters and they say that they were members of the national security team who are in the Situation Room with the president. Those were the sources.

PLOUFFE: You are putting up pictures of Tom Donilon and Bill Daley, suggesting somehow that they did something untoward here.

WALLACE: I just said they are quoted in the articles, but specifically with the quotes about these details. It says members of the national security team.

PLOUFFE: Well, listen, I see the Capitol behind you right now.  Print  Email  Share    Recommend Tweet

continued...

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MR. SUNDAY’S SATURDAY NIGHT CHICKEN:

 

More Than 100 Delicious, Homemade Recipes to Bring Your Family Together

 

 By Lorraine Wallace

 

 

 

For more information, visit mrssunday.com and check out 'Mr. Sunday's Saturday Night Chicken' on Amazon.com

 

Featured recipe: Skewers of Sage Chicken with Sweet Italian Sausage

FNS Transcripts

June 17, 2012

David Plouffe, Sen. Joe Lieberman and Gen. Michael Hayden talk national security leaks

June 10, 2012

Gov. Mitch Daniels talks public employee unions; is Big Labor losing its clout?

June 03, 2012

2012 campaigns talk unemployment numbers, job creation

May 27, 2012

Sen. McCain talks Syria, Iran and tensions with Pakistan; Cardinal Wuerl on Catholic institutions vs. Obama administration ADVERTISEMENT Follow Fox News Sunday

Follow us on Twitter to get exclusive updates and announcements from the show!

 @FoxNewsSunday

Fox News Sunday is on Facebook! Coming Up on FNS: June 17, 2012

President Obama lays out his vision for turning the economy around in the key swing state of Ohio.  We’ll talk with David Plouffe, Senior Adviser to the President, about the administration’s plans to get the recovery back on track.

After a series of national security leaks, we'll get a read on where the Justice Department's investigation stands, and ask whether the country's security was indeed compromised, with Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee Joe Lieberman and former CIA Director, General Michael Hayden (Ret.).

ADVERTISEMENT Wallace Watch

April 29, 2012

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President Obama's top counterterrorism adviser John Brennan joined "Fox News Sunday" to discuss a recent alert ...

FNS Panel Plus: April 29, 2012This week on Fox News Sunday: (4/29/12)Morning Booking Call Connect With FNS FacebookTwitterEmailFree PodcastBlogHulu On This Day

April 22, 2012

On This Day: April 22, 1993

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington, DC.

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