September 30, 2013

Good News: Al Qaeda Goes Silent After White House Leaks

In the epic battle between Barack Obama and Edward Snowden over who will do more damage to our national security: Obama 1, Snowden 0:

As the nation’s spy agencies assess the fallout from disclosures about their surveillance programs, some government analysts and senior officials have made a startling finding: the impact of a leaked terrorist plot by Al Qaeda in August has caused more immediate damage to American counterterrorism efforts than the thousands of classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor.

Since news reports in early August revealed that the United States intercepted messages between Ayman al-Zawahri, who succeeded Osama bin Laden as the head of Al Qaeda, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the head of the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, discussing an imminent terrorist attack, analysts have detected a sharp drop in the terrorists’ use of a major communications channel that the authorities were monitoring. Since August, senior American officials have been scrambling to find new ways to surveil the electronic messages and conversations of Al Qaeda’s leaders and operatives.

Now, let's grant that the media has more of a vested interest in protecting Snowden then they have in protecting the White House. The article goes on to quote contrary voices in the intel community saying that both leak sources are to blame for the drop in al Qaeda using a particular "communications source" -- (Read: al-Shamikh forum's "private" rooms).

But still the best case scenario here is that the White House leak was just as bad as Edward Snowden's. And aren't these same people trying to prosecute Edward Swowden???

So maybe someone in the White House should be prosecuted, too. Not that Eric Holder is going to prosecute the President any time soon.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:54 AM | Comments |