Did Ted Cruz Leak Classified Info on Live TV Last Night?

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According to AP reporter Erica Werner, Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is “looking into possibility Cruz released classified info during last night’s debate.” Exciting! So what was it that Cruz said? Here’s a replay:

CRUZ: Well, you know, I would note that Marco knows what he’s saying isn’t true…What he knows is that the old program covered 20 percent to 30 percent of phone numbers to search for terrorists. The new program covers nearly 100 percent. That gives us greater ability to stop acts of terrorism, and he knows that that’s the case.

Is this classified info? Inquiring minds can’t wait to find out.

UPDATE: Hmmm. Marcy Wheeler says, “Story here is NOT that Cruz leaked classified info. Burr let Rubio leak classified info, but now wants to go after Cruz for rebutting.” The plot thickens…

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