Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Investigation Update

One of the phony scandals© being dismissed by Democrats evidently includes the AP phone call logging taps, which were authorized by the Justice Department to help US Attorney Ronald Machen determine who might have leaked about a secret agent embedded within AQAP in Yemen.

You may recall the big story leaked to AP in 2012 about busting an underwear bomb plot, followed by an admission by the administration that they got the info from a person on the inside, effectively blowing the agent's cover.  They had to spirit him away.  And he wasn't even our guy.  

After the initial shock of that story wore off there has been little mention about it, other than it's presumably part of the phony scandal panoply.   No question the Obama folks have been the toughest administration in modern times--maybe ever--on prosecuting leakers, yet they can't seem to find anyone to indict on this (reason given for the log harvesting was that they exhausted all other reasonable efforts).   So did the phone logs bear any fruit?  Nobody knows.  Nobody has been caught yet. 

Meanwhile another leak about AQ and Yemen has appeared, this time to CBS:
The terrorism threat that prompted the U.S. government to close nearly two-dozen embassies and consulates surfaced when intelligence analysts intercepted electronic communications between top al Qaeda leaders, CBS News' Bob Orr has learned. Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri and Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), were discussing "something big," sources say. It's rare for veteran al Qaeda leaders to break operational security by openly discussing possible plots, and the interception stunned U.S. officials.
Just like in 2012, somebody apparently felt the need to explain their actions.  Back then it was explaining how we knew a package bomb plot was stopped (which would have helped bolster Obama's 'AQ on the run' narrative); this time it's about justifying the temporary closures of 22 diplomatic facilities (the big cheese said 'do something!').  It appears they've now burned a line of intelligence by revealing this, sort of like when somebody in the Clinton crew leaked and blew cover on UBL's satellite phone back in the 90s.   Do we need another US Attorney? 

In the LOL department, Fox News asked the State Department today if they were 'outraged' about the leak, to which they had little comment.

And now, after CNN has interviewed the head of Ansar al-Sharia on Benghazi---who told them the FBI has never interviewed him--the Justice Department has suddenly pressed charges against him.  Meanwhile Major Hasan is defending himself by declaring that yes dammit, I'm a jihadist, vowing to prove he's guilty of killing all those soldiers after yelling allahu akbar.  You just can't make this stuff up.

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