Skip to comments.Why We Published the Name of a Covert C.I.A. Official
Posted on 07/23/2017 9:58:25 PM PDT by ForYourChildren
At a security conference this week, the director of the C.I.A., Mike Pompeo, criticized The New York Times for a recent article about an officer who was tapped to run the agencys Iran operations, a newsworthy promotion because it was an indication of the hard line against Iran that President Trump promised during his campaign.
Mr. Pompeo said that the publication of the officials name, Michael DAndrea, was unconscionable and put his covert status in jeopardy.
Mr. Pompeos comments led to a wider discussion about the publication of Mr. DAndreas name, and some readers wrote to us to express their disappointment with our decision.
Before the article was published, one of the reporters who worked on it informed the C.I.A. that it would include Mr. DAndreas name a routine check for comment that Times reporters make for the sake of fairness. The C.I.A. asked The Times not to publish his name, arguing that Mr. DAndrea was under cover.
Times editors and reporters covering national security frequently discuss these sorts of issues and take into account the governments arguments against publication. We take care not to put national security or lives in danger, and we take that concern very seriously.
In this case, editors decided to publish the name because Mr. DAndrea is a senior official who runs operations from the agencys headquarters outside Washington, not in the field. He is also the architect of the C.I.A.s program to use drones to kill high-ranking militants, one of the governments most significant paramilitary programs. We believe that the American public has a right to know who is making life-or-death decisions in its name.
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You mean they have to spend the rest of their lives doing $500K speaking gigs at Goldman Sachs?
I suspect they are engaging in brinksmanship to try to provoke action by the government which the MSM can falsely portray as the oppression of a fascist regime. They want an excuse to get rioters in the streets fighting fake “fascism”.
I have to wonder how upset the folks at the CIA really are over this. I mean, the NY Times is their favorite outlet for leaks undermining Republicans.
Paging Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson......
The Pentagon Papers case proved anybody can publish anything that hurts Republicans and it's legal. Heck, it's glorified.
That was different. That was an opportunity to take down W.
Crime seen make the NYT a crime scene.
Please do your job.
The failure here is entirely on the part of the CIA for operating in such a way as to allow their most important secrets to leak to the press.
I would much prefer to read about such CIA failures in the newspaper than to continue the charade that our intelligence agencies are doing their jobs responsibly.
Treason by the Constitution.
Despicable. Unconscionable. Actionable.
The end for the Times.
I’m amazed that hasn’t been the universal conclusion.
Wow, there’s so much truth in what you wrote.
Yeah, the Slimes called for heads when their ‘rat desk jockey Plame was squawking about the hugh manatee of it all.
NYT: Trump is the President. So, f- the agent.
Where does it say that Americans have the right to know who is running a covert operation? Why would his not being “in the field” make any difference?
“We believe that the American public has a right to know
who is making life-or-death decisions their behalf.”
Every Soldier and Marine who has ever drawn a bead on
any of our enemies makes a life-or-death decision on
behalf of the American public. Should we publish their
names in real time, too?
Where? Hadn’t heard this.
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