Exclusive: Did White House "spin" tip a covert op?

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ringokarma wrote:

As usual, the inexperienced Obama administration currently in DC demonstrates that it has no military or security common sense. We are involved in a generational war with AQ and the Obama administration has used the event as a political tool. This “learning experience” not only shut down a crucial operation, it may also cost innocent American lives in the future by causing AQ to tighten its security. When are we going to untie the hands of our intelligence forces and let them do their jobs? Until then, anyone responsible for leaking this story needs to face real consequences so this doesn’t happen again.

May 18, 2012 12:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Darkstar wrote:

I’t is appalling that Washington politicians in both parties disclose confidential national security information to the news media for political gain and even more appalling that the news media, in their effort to score a ‘beat”. rush to inform the world, including our enemys.
There was a time that such actions would result in a well deserved charge of treason against the politician, and the media which released the information would be vilified for it’s lack of concern for the nation.

May 18, 2012 12:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Douloscross wrote:

Once again the Obama Administration places their politics and their spin above all else, even national security. This has been the only consistent expression of leadership of this president.

May 18, 2012 12:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
uc8tcme wrote:

You see what transparency gets you, an operation that was not taken to its full protential. Just think it was leaked that the Seals was going to get OBL before they got there? Some things need to be confidential until it is necessary to be told.

May 18, 2012 1:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Richard1972 wrote:

Ah, two conspiracy theory scenarios here. The first is that the White house had no such spy but engineered the media leak to make it look like they had, to sow confusion and panic among the enemy.
The second is that the White House engineered the media blooper to show how damaging the media’s prying over-eager reporting tendencies can be to real security matters and sensitive operations, with a view to keeping the media at bay and justify more secrecy and classified operations.
Regretfully both of these delicious scenarios are probably untrue, and Brennan probably said more than he should have, and is now being grilled hard about his blunder, which did or could have exposed a real asset to real danger.
I’m saving these for my next novel…

May 18, 2012 1:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Deepthrottle wrote:

Perhaps I’m being a little stupid here, but WHAT ELSE could ‘inside control’ mean?

May 18, 2012 1:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:

I’ve caught Richard Clark’s act live, in person, before. He’s a self-absorbed ass.

May 18, 2012 3:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Chazz wrote:

yeah?…so what? OUR President killed Osama bin Laden! so shut up

May 18, 2012 4:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jbruceb wrote:

All they had to do was report that Chuck Norris was successful at eliminating the plot.

May 18, 2012 4:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
frapper wrote:

Obama trying to use this for political gain, and Clarke, another leftist, shooting off his bloody mouth. Idiots all.

May 18, 2012 4:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gaugebozo wrote:

@ringokarma : So I’m sure you had a big problem with the “inexperienced” Bush administration, who allowed Valerie Plame’s cover to be leaked, right?

May 18, 2012 5:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
amsterdamaged wrote:

@Douloscross They have to spin as they don’t have Fox News to carry the water for them like the Republicans.

May 18, 2012 7:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

This is but one more example of an Administration without Leadership, tripping over themselves like SAD SAC.
Professionals Not in the group, like Comedy Hour with twenty Stooges .
It is not Funny but frighting that these foolish people have the trigger. I do not TRUST any of this Mob.

May 18, 2012 9:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
QuantumForce wrote:

It appalling how stupid these comments are. The article is nonsense.

May 18, 2012 9:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
percy1 wrote:

“As usual, the inexperienced Obama administration currently in DC demonstrates that it has no military or security common sense.”

John Brennan is “inexperienced” or has “no military or security common sense”? Try again – he’s been in the spying business for decades. The guy was the Riyadh station chief fifteen years ago.

May 18, 2012 9:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
rcharles2 wrote:

oh and btw, both parties?

plame was 1st outed by a democrat.

May 19, 2012 8:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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