Inside Story Worse Than the Rumors
CIA, Covert Actions, John O. Brennan, Leaks, MI6, Obama Administration, Yemen
John O. Brennan, Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President
Michael A. Walsh, in the New York Post, spills the beans on the damaging leak which has seriously compromised relations between British and American intelligence services.
So that â€œCIA coupâ€ in Yemen against another al Qaeda underwear bomber turns out to actually have been a joint Saudi-British intelligence operation â€” which apparently was prematurely terminated thanks to flapping lips on this side of the Atlantic.
So the leak didnâ€™t just blow our chances to nail the notorious bomb designer behind the plot, Ibrahim al-Asiri, and put the life of the double agent in mortal danger for no reason.
It also seriously damaged Langleyâ€™s relationship with its foreign counterparts, who now understand that operational security and the lives of their operatives mean nothing to us (not in an election year, anyway).
Which makes it even more important to find out: Who leaked?
The betting starts with former CIA official John Brennan, the White Houseâ€™s deputy nationalsecurity adviser for counterterrorism. Shortly after details about the operation leaked to the Associated Press via unnamed â€œofficials,â€ Brennan took to the airwaves to crow publicly about how the wedgie bomber was â€œno longer a threat to the American people.â€
And the AP admitted it cleared its story with the feds in advance.
The uncharitable immediately saw this naked self-aggrandizement as a blatant attempt by the Obama administration to take political credit for something it had almost nothing to do with.
Read the whole thing.