Eric Holder embarks on a no-hope, no credibility attempt to investigate Team Obama's 2012 'victory leaks'.
The original AP underwear bomber story is here. The fateful sourcing seems to be here (my emphasis):
WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press has learned.
The plot involved an upgrade of the underwear bomb that failed to detonate aboard a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas 2009. This new bomb was also designed to be used in a passenger's underwear, but this time al-Qaida developed a more refined detonation system, U.S. officials said.
As more details emerged it became clear that this was a misleading and US-centric account of what was really a British success.
The other big leak was on the joint US/Israeli cyber-war against Iran. Times reporter David Sanger's recent piece is here, but... do keep in mind this is part of his book promotion, and he has been on this story for years. For example, just as Bush was leaving in January 2009, Sanger described his last-gasp efforts against Iran, as well as their hand-off to Obama:
WASHINGTON — President Bush deflected a secret request by Israel last year for specialized bunker-busting bombs it wanted for an attack on Iran’s main nuclear complex and told the Israelis that he had authorized new covert action intended to sabotage Iran’s suspected effort to develop nuclear weapons, according to senior American and foreign officials.
...The White House denied that request outright, American officials said, and the Israelis backed off their plans, at least temporarily. But the tense exchanges also prompted the White House to step up intelligence-sharing with Israel and brief Israeli officials on new American efforts to subtly sabotage Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, a major covert program that Mr. Bush is about to hand off to President-elect Barack Obama.
This account of the expanded American covert program and the Bush administration’s efforts to dissuade Israel from an aerial attack on Iran emerged in interviews over the past 15 months with current and former American officials, outside experts, international nuclear inspectors and European and Israeli officials. None would speak on the record because of the great secrecy surrounding the intelligence developed on Iran.
That list of sources might include some figures transitioning into the Obama Administration but it has to include some Bushmen as well. Both sides have had an interest in promoting a tough-guy image and in reassuring the Israelis (and the US) that the situation with Iran is not in an out-of-control death spiral.