Gates Irked By Recent Leaks: 'Everybody Out There Ought to Just Shut Up'

ABC News' Kirit Radia: Speaking to reporters traveling with him to Oshkosh, Wisconsin today, where he toured a plant building the new more mobile armored trucks called MRAP-ATVs that will be deployed to Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates lashed out against the numerous leaks that have emerged in recent weeks about the Obama administration’s deliberations over its Afghanistan strategy and about last week’s Fort Hood shooting.

According to one report by the New York Times , Gates said threatened to fire anyone caught leaking, saying “I have been appalled by the amount of leaking that has been going on in this process.”

“I think a lot of different places are leaking,” he said, according to the Times. “I’m confident that the Department of Defense is one of them. To have details or options that are being considered out there in the middle of the president’s deliberative process I think does not serve the country and it does not serve our military.’’

America’s top defense official also blasted leakers of information about the Fort Hood shooting that, he said, endangered the investigation.

According to an article by the government funded American Forces Press Services Gates said the leakers did not fully understand the entire incident.

“"Everybody out there ought to just shut up,” the normally soft-spoken Gates is quoted as saying.

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