White House Leaked Secret Surveillance Info To Fox News; Tipping Off al Qaeda

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

From the Washington Post:

A small private intelligence company that monitors Islamic terrorist groups obtained a new Osama bin Laden video ahead of its official release last month, and around 10 a.m. on Sept. 7, it notified the Bush administration of its secret acquisition. It gave two senior officials access on the condition that the officials not reveal they had it until the al-Qaeda release.

Within 20 minutes, a range of intelligence agencies had begun downloading it from the company’s Web site.

So far so good….

By midafternoon that day, the video and a transcript of its audio track had been leaked from within the Bush administration to cable television news and broadcast worldwide.

The article specifically mentions Fox News, who went with the story.

The result?

…this premature disclosure tipped al-Qaeda to a security breach and destroyed a years-long surveillance operation that the company has used to intercept and pass along secret messages, videos and advance warnings of suicide bombings from the terrorist group’s communications network.

If this sort of leak had happened under the Clinton adminstration, you would expect conservatives to be seething, calling for hearings into the leaks, accusing Dems of treason and/or incompetence, and even invocation of "impeachment".

But don’t hold your breath….