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May 24th, 2013
06:31 PM ET

Reporter: Justice Department tried to keep Rosen warrant secret

Just how icy is the relationship between the Obama administration and journalists?

The president thought it important enough to address leaks, and the Justice Department's investigation into Fox News correspondent James Rosen, in his address on national security.

"I believe we must keep information secret that protects our operations and our people in the field. To do so, we must enforce consequences for those who break the law and breach their commitment to protect classified information," President Barack Obama said Thursday.

"But a free press is also essential for our democracy. I am troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable. Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs," said Obama.

Tell that to Rosen. 

Washington correspondent for The New Yorker and CNN contributor Ryan Lizza reported early Friday that the Justice Department did not even want the search warrant issued for Rosen to become public, and fought to keep it secret.

President of the Center for American Progress Neera Tanden, Ryan Lizza, and senior editor for National Review and Bloomberg View columnist Ramesh Ponnuru joined CNN's "The Lead" to talk about the politics of leaks.

Check out the video above for the discussion.


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