By Erik Wasson - 05/13/12 01:47 PM EDT
Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinElection-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Senators already eyeing changes to 9/11 bill after veto override WH tried to stop Intel Dems' statement on Russian hacking: report MORE (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that those responsible for leaking information this week on a thwarted attempt to bring down an American airplane using an undetectable underwear bomb must be prosecuted.
“The leak really did endanger sources and methods,” she said on Fox News Sunday. “The leak, I think has to be prosecuted.”
The senator said the leak to AP “jeopardizes” the agent and that it could not have come from Congress since she and House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) had not been briefed on the operation.
Feinstein said it was “an impressive win for the CIA,” but at this point she does not have confidence that U.S. airport screeners will be able to prevent a terrorist attack using the new bomb technology.
“I am hopeful we will be able to, candidly, kill this bomb-maker and some of his associates,” she said.
Feinstein said that al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula is the “number one threat” to the U.S. at this point.