August 05, 2013

Leak: Chatter Leading to Embassy Closings from ... Zawahiri

This allegedly comes straight from the top. Which means we're either reading Zawahir's email or tapping his phones.

The big story here shouldn't be we're tapping Zawahiri's phones & email: yes, were' that good.

The real headline should be "Zawahiri on the move after getting key intel from New York Times that US is on to him".

In answer to AllahP's question: We won't prosecute the leaker, but we should.

Welcome to the new normal of the Obama Presidency.

But let me also contradict myself here and put some of AllahP's angst to rest about Zawahiri finding out we're reading his emails. By all accounts Zawahiri is even more recluse and careful about the CIA/NSA finding him than even Sheikh Osama himself. And remember, Osama wore a cowboy hat in his own compound while outdoors to fool CIA satellites. So, we're talking pretty paranoid here.

It's much more likely that the person/persons who's email/phone is being monitored is Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and perhaps even considered #2 by AQ Central these days.

Let's just say the boys at AQ in Yemen are a little less careful about who they email and who they talk to on the phone. The B team, so to speak. Minor league, with aspirations for the majors.

Exhibit A: Anwar al Awlaki and Samir Khan's corpses -- who were said to be on the phone at the moment of droning. Exhibit B: last week's drone strike in Yemen of Al Khidr Husayn al Ja'dani, another big whig in the AQAP cast of former stars.

And it could very well be that the "chatter" was in an encrypted email. AQAP is well known for their use of the Asrar al-Mujahideen encryption key. They publicly release the key to their readers, encouraging them to use it as a way to thwart the Zionist-Crusaders from finding out who is emailing whom, and what.

Yes, I'm saying we're that good.

I know a lot of people who think this is just hype drummed up by the Obama admin to show a victory for the NSA program. But if this really did come from the top of al Qaeda's not so vertically organized pyramid, then it's not the least bit hype. It's something to legitimately worry about.

However, the fact that this was leaked? Well, either the leaker is a major POS who really wants our national security compromised, or .... the leak itself was designed to show a win in the NSA column.

The leak itself might be legitimately questioned as fishy, but I think we can put to rest the idea that the whole thing was blown way out of proportion simply for political reasons from the White House.

UPDATE: Speaking of leaks -- why is the Obama admin leaking info on Israel's strike on Syria?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:58 PM | Comments |