Skip to comments.Al-Qaeda Infiltrator’s Cover Blown…But Where Is The Media Hysteria?
Posted on 05/17/2012 8:02:22 AM PDT by Starman417
Do you recall a time, a few years back, when the media wouldn't shut up about a supposed outing of an agent? Yup, the left and the media were pissed.
I bet you could just imagine the firestorm of coverage that would result if instead of a former Secretary of State leaking a name it was our President....right?
Just a week ago the establishment media was aflutter with news that a CIA double-agent had thwarted a new type of underwear bomb attack targeting U.S. flights in a plot devised by al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula.
But as the week progressed, a developing bombshell story got buried under President Obamas gay marriage announcement. Not only is the supposed CIA asset not a CIA asset at all, but the entire operation was exposed prematurely and the double-agents life was immediately threatened by an intelligence leak that very well may have come out of the White House for political gain.
As the story broke, the establishment media was more than happy to attribute the intelligence coup to the CIA and the Obama administration, describing the mole as a CIA informant.
It turns out that wasnt true. The double-agent hadnt been recruited and placed by the CIA, but by British intelligence, who also managed the operation. In fact, the Americans had only recently been made aware of the joint British-Saudi effort.
The leaks about the operation from the American side have infuriated British intelligence officials, who had hoped to continue the operation. The leaks not only scuttled the mission but put the life of the asset in jeopardy. Even CIA officials, joining their MI5 and MI6 counterparts, were describing the leaks as despicable, attributing them to the Obama administration.
As the stillborn investigation into the leaks continues (stillborn, because if the leaks are in fact traced to the White House, there will be no repercussions), the zeal with which the establishment media trumpeted the supposed CIA coup wont likely be surpassed by the more important story of how the Obama administration attempted to score political points at the expense of one of the most important intelligence operations since 9/11.
Wait, for "political gain?"
Wasn't the left and the media very upset that non-spy Valerie Plame's name was uttered by Richard Armitage for "political gain?"
Weren't there hearings and trials and all that? Or was I just imagining that?
And here we had a Yemeni deep cover agent that we may get once in a generation:
One US official has noted that this operation could have gone on for some time when it was cut off by a leak. Even once the agent turned up in Saudi Arabia, it was clear that his intelligence was helping to target a spate of crucial drone strikes within Yemen including one that killed AQAPs head of external operations, a man responsible for the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000.
If the group learnt of their members defection from the media, who knows what countermeasures they took? How did that stymie further arrests or airstrikes? AQAPs chief bomb-maker, Ibrahim Al-Asiri, might even have escaped as a result.
After all, the agent was reportedly evacuated from Yemen two weeks before the appointed date for his attack. He might have remained quietly operational for that entire period, contacting his colleagues and passing on their location. This leak appears to have frustrated a painstaking and risky operation, of the sort that cannot come around very often.
But the Obama administration deliberately scuttled that huge undercover operation, and put the life of a British agent in jeopardy to boot. For what? To boost his re-election hopes. This wasn't some non-spy desk jockey at the CIA. This was someone who had infiltrated al-Qaeda for god's sake!
But the MSM and the left are ignoring it.
(Excerpt) Read more at floppingaces.net...
Our media today is every bit as controlled as TASS was in the former Soviet Union.
Not only him but future ones.
Personally I think its more like a partnership, or even a media-controlled State...
Bookmark for later.
And not a peep out of the ministry of propaganda!!!!
And don't forget that although the special prosecutor KNEW Armitage was the "leak," they still wanted to get a Bush administration insider, and they wanted BLOOD. Consequently, Scooter Libby was convicted for speaking the truth that "he didn't do it!"
BREAKING NEWS: DRUDGE SIREN - Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe
Drudge Report ^ | 05-13-2013 | cww
Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 4:49:29 PM by CWW
From update posted above:
The government would not say why it sought the records. U.S. officials have previously said in public testimony that the U.S. attorney in Washington is conducting a criminal investigation into who may have leaked information contained in a May 7, 2012, AP story about a foiled terror plot. The story disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen that stopped an al-Qaida plot in the spring of 2012 to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the United States.
There’s a lot to be said about this case.
I hope he testifies at a hearing.
AP reporter wiretapping bump
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