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Obama.... Undermined US national security and compromised Brit intelligence....

May 12, 2012

Obama's intel twofer: Undermined US national security and compromised Brit  intelligence

Rick Moran

I  think you actually have to make a serious effort to be this spectacularly  inept.

The  Guardian:

Detailed  leaks of operational information about  the foiled underwear  bomb plot are causing growing anger in the US intelligence  community,  with former agents blaming  the Obama administration for undermining  national security and compromising the  British services, MI6  and MI5.

The  Guardian has learned from Saudi sources that the agent  was not a Saudi  national as was widely reported, but a Yemeni. He was born in Saudi  Arabia, in the port city of Jeddah, and then studied and worked in the UK,  where he acquired a British passport.

Mike  Scheur, the former head of the CIA's  Bin Laden unit, said the leaking about the nuts and bolts of British   involvement was despicable and would make a repeat of the operation  difficult.  "MI6 should be as angry as hell. This is something that the  prime minister  should raise with the president, if he has the balls.  This is really tragic,"  Scheur said.

He  added: "Any information disclosed is too much information. This does seem to be  a tawdry political thing."

He  noted that the leak came on the heels of a series of disclosures over  the last  10 days, beginning with a report that the CIA wanted to expand  its drone  attacks in Yemen,  Barack Obama making a surprise trip to Afghanistan around the time of  the Bin  Laden anniversary and "then this inexplicable leak".

Robert  Grenier, former head of the CIA counter-terrorism centre, said: "As for   British Intelligence, I suppose, but do not know,  that they must be  very  unhappy.  They are often exasperated, quite reasonably, with their  American  friends, who are far more leak-prone than they.

Not  even the New York Times has been able to accomplish so much by leaking  classified info.

If  Obama is trying to reshape his image as a warrior-president for the election,  he's doing more harm than good. No doubt the Brits have been angered by the  exposure of their asset who now must come in from the cold or face certain  death. And less cooperation with the British - as well as the Saudis who  apparently set the whole operation in motion - means that the leaks inhibit our  ability to work with them, undermining our security.

A  helliuva price to pay to score points with the  voters.

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