Obama Administration may have leaked Classified info to prevent a war , but it also may have given Iran the edge .
In following news stories about leaks of classified information over the years, it is evident that the worst offenders are politicians.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 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. I ponder who "leaked" this information ** . The story line here is that the Classified info was about a possible Israeli attack on Iran from Azerbaijan. The New York Times, which broke this particular story, said it had interviewed “three dozen of [Obama’s] current and former advisers,” which suggests the sort of mass law-breaking not seen since Richard Nixon took out after commies, liberals, conservationists, antiwar protesters, Jews and, of course, leakers. The two U.S. attorneys assigned to finding the leakers may have to use the facilities at Guantanamo, which, as luck would have it, are somehow still open. Of course, the chances of a successful prosecution are slim, leak cases being hard to prove. Journalists, unlike the mob, still adhere to the Mafia code of silence, omertà. We are, at heart, traditionalists.Indeed, the Iranian regime could not hope for better intelligence sources than what Obama’s defense officials leak to the media on a regular basis. First there was the revelation in June 2010 that Israel might use Saudi Arabia's airspace in order to fly a more direct route to Iran. The unanticipated Saudi-Israeli cooperation was leaked to, and then reported by, the London Times, citing anonymous “U.S. defense sources.”Media observers began to notice the pattern--”Did the U.S. just torpedo Israeli deal for a base in Azerbaijan?” the Christian Science Monitor asked--and to wonder why Israel’s “best friend” was doing so much to help the enemy.
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** Michael Reagan today on Fox News said he suspects the leaker is big mouth then- Senator Joey Biden. During the Reagan adm, Michael relayed that Joey Biden would sit in on nat'l security conferences and if Pres. Reagan wanted some covert operation that Joey B, did not like he threatened he would leak the covert operation to the media.