Without commenting on any case in detail, White House spokesman Jay Carney, himself a former reporter, made it clear the president does not want prosecutions of journalists.
While declining to comment on specific cases, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Obama was deeply committed to freedom of the press, enshrined in the First Amendment to the US constitution.
“The president believes this deeply — that the press is allowed to pursue investigative journalism freely. He is a fierce defender of the First Amendment, of press freedom, and will continue to be.
“If you’re asking me whether the president believes that journalists should be prosecuted for doing their jobs, the answer is no.”