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Why We Published the Name of a Covert C.I.A. Official
NYT ^ | 07/22/2017 | na

Posted on 07/23/2017 9:58:25 PM PDT by ForYourChildren

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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 agency’s 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 official’s name, Michael D’Andrea, was “unconscionable” and put his covert status in jeopardy.

Mr. Pompeo’s comments led to a wider discussion about the publication of Mr. D’Andrea’s 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. D’Andrea’s 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. D’Andrea was under cover.

Times editors and reporters covering national security frequently discuss these sorts of issues and take into account the government’s 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. D’Andrea is a senior official who runs operations from the agency’s 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 government’s 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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cia; ciaagentouted; covertciaagent; dandrea; doublestandard; fakeamericans; fakenews; globalagenda; hypocrites; liberalagenda; media; msm; newyorkslimes; newyorktimes; nyslimes; nyt; plamegame; plamegate; pompeo; treason; trumpcia; unmasking; valerieplame
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To: Jyotishi
"NYT principals deserve the harshest punishment given to enemies of the state."

You mean they have to spend the rest of their lives doing $500K speaking gigs at Goldman Sachs?

21 posted on 07/23/2017 10:25:24 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: ForYourChildren

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”.


22 posted on 07/23/2017 10:25:58 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ForYourChildren

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.


23 posted on 07/23/2017 10:34:02 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Everywhere is freaks and hairies Dykes and fairies Tell me where is sanity?)
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To: ForYourChildren

Paging Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson......


24 posted on 07/23/2017 10:35:56 PM PDT by ImNotLying (The Constitution is an instrument for the people to restrain the government...Patrick Henry)
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To: aquila48
Isn’t it against the law to publish names of covert agents, regardless of reason?

The Pentagon Papers case proved anybody can publish anything that hurts Republicans and it's legal. Heck, it's glorified.

25 posted on 07/23/2017 10:35:58 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Everywhere is freaks and hairies Dykes and fairies Tell me where is sanity?)
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To: ImNotLying
Paging Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson......

That was different. That was an opportunity to take down W.

26 posted on 07/23/2017 10:36:49 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Everywhere is freaks and hairies Dykes and fairies Tell me where is sanity?)
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To: aquila48

SESSIONS-

Crime seen make the NYT a crime scene.

Please do your job.


27 posted on 07/23/2017 10:37:50 PM PDT by ptsal ( Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. - M. Twain)
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To: kabar
The Slimes sure did not have a problem with what Obama and Hillry did in Libya.... and Hillry’s comments on her successful kills... in their weapons running operation to kill more.
28 posted on 07/23/2017 10:38:32 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: ForYourChildren
There isn't anything covert about a CIA operative whose identity is known to the New York Times.

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.

30 posted on 07/23/2017 10:45:26 PM PDT by William Tell
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To: ForYourChildren

Treason by the Constitution.

Despicable. Unconscionable. Actionable.

The end for the Times.


31 posted on 07/23/2017 10:46:35 PM PDT by onedoug ( KEK)
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To: petitfour

I’m amazed that hasn’t been the universal conclusion.


32 posted on 07/23/2017 10:53:06 PM PDT by NetAddicted (Just looking)
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To: William Tell

Wow, there’s so much truth in what you wrote.


33 posted on 07/23/2017 11:09:10 PM PDT by NetAddicted (Just looking)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Yeah, the Slimes called for heads when their ‘rat desk jockey Plame was squawking about the hugh manatee of it all.


34 posted on 07/23/2017 11:09:45 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: ForYourChildren

NYT: Trump is the President. So, f- the agent.


35 posted on 07/23/2017 11:18:00 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: ForYourChildren

Arrogant scum.


36 posted on 07/23/2017 11:19:33 PM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: ForYourChildren
At least they are admitting guilt. No need for a trial. Just shoot the entire Management of the NYT.
37 posted on 07/23/2017 11:22:53 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob
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To: ForYourChildren

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?


38 posted on 07/23/2017 11:24:14 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: ForYourChildren

“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?


39 posted on 07/23/2017 11:26:22 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: AndyJackson

Where? Hadn’t heard this.


40 posted on 07/23/2017 11:27:42 PM PDT by Eagles6 (My weapons are lubricated by liberal tears.)
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