In another blatant self-gratifying, narcissistic move, Obama made a politically calculated decision to damage a highly valuable intelligence gathering opportunity to make himself, and his administration, look on-the-ball while a myriad of “phony scandals” plague his second term. Of course the lap-dog media will give him another pass but the damage is significant. Hypocritically, Snowden, targeted by Eric Holder, is the bad dude destroying intel capability and our national image.
The meme is such: Snowden leak = bad, Obama leak = “see how great Obama is!”
The media boosts this Snowden meme:
Snowden leaks give edge to U.S. rivals, officials say
Russia, China and terrorism suspects have altered how they communicate to evade U.S. detection, current and former U.S. intelligence officials say.
WASHINGTON — Suspected terrorists have changed how they communicate and have become more difficult to track as a result of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures about U.S. surveillance operations, according to current and former officials who say the changes have led to a significant loss of intelligence.
The media ignores the latest calculated Obama leak reported by the Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Al Qaeda Conference Call Intercepted by U.S. Officials Sparked Alerts
It wasn’t just any terrorist message that triggered U.S. terror alerts and embassy closures—but a conference call of more than 20 far-flung al Qaeda operatives, Eli Lake and Josh Rogin report.
The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region.
See how great Obama is!
Breitbart.com has also picked up on the hypocrisy:
WH Silent on Al Qaeda Conference Call Leaks
On Wednesday, Eli Lake and Josh Rogin of The Daily Beastreported that the event that triggered the closing of 22 US embassies across the world was an intercepted “conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region.” According to Lake and Rogin, “The intercept provided the U.S. intelligence community with a rare glimpse into how al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, manages a global organization that includes affiliates in Africa, the Middle East, and southwest and southeast Asia.” That revelation follows hard on Monday’s reports that the government had intercepted communications from last week between Zawahiri and the leader of al Qaeda in Yemen, Nasser al-Wuhayshi.
There has been no comment from the White House or any member of Congress on these leaks. But as Lake and Rogin report, these leaks could significantly damage the US’ ability to monitor al Qaeda activity: “Al Qaeda leaders had assumed the conference calls, which give Zawahiri the ability to manage his organization from a remote location, were secure. But leaks about the original intercepts have likely exposed the operation that allowed the U.S. intelligence community to listen in on the al Qaeda board meetings.”
Another government/media complaint is that Snowdon’s leaks have harmed relations with our allies:
New NSA spying allegations rile European allies
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration faced a breakdown in confidence Sunday from key foreign allies who threatened investigations and sanctions against the U.S. over secret surveillance programs that reportedly installed covert listening devices in European Union offices.
U.S. intelligence officials said they will directly discuss with EU officials the new allegations, reported in Sunday’s editions of the German news weekly Der Spiegel. But the former head of the CIA and National Security Agency urged the White House to make the spy programs more transparent to calm public fears about the American government’s snooping.
Of course the government/media didn’t think Obama leaks directly affecting the safety and national security of particular ally was that big of a deal:
Israelis Suspect Obama Media Leaks to Prevent Strike on Iran
JERUSALEM – Two reports today about Iran’s nuclear program and the possibility of an Israeli military strike have analysts in Israel accusing the Obama administration leaking information to pressure Israel not to bomb Iran and for Iran to reach a compromise in upcoming nuclear talks.
The first report in Foreign Policy quotes anonymous American officials saying that Israel has been given access to airbases by Iran’s northern neighbor Azerbaijan from which Israel could launch air strikes or at least drones and search and rescue aircraft.
The second report from Bloomberg, based on a leaked congressional report, said that Iran’s nuclear facilities are so dispersed that it is “unclear what the ultimate effect of a strike would be…” A strike could delay Iran as little as six months, a former official told the researchers.
“It seems like a big campaign to prevent Israel from attacking,” analyst Yoel Guzansky at the Institute for National Security Studies told ABC News. “I think the [Obama] administration is really worried Jerusalem will attack and attack soon. They’re trying hard to prevent it in so many ways.”
Obama and his administration have never had a problem with leaks as long as they are politically appealing. In this time of “phony scandals” what could be better than a saved-the-day scenario and a leak to show how great the government is?
What about the hypocrisy of the recent drone strikes in Yemen? Why was it possible to drone strike terrorists that were about to attack an embassy easily carried out in Yemen but not in Libya? There is so much to this that should prompt question after question but the media won’t push and the Obama administration will never answer. Even when questions are asked, the media does not complain about the deflections offered by Jay Carney.
Has Reince Priebus talked about this or is he still on the Clinton kick?