Seems this administration has been very busy releasing information that had no businesses being released, to put it mildly. The past week has been filled with news of this. I want to know if anyone is going to be held accountable and who do you think should be?
First up we’ll start with this report from FN:
GOP Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, expressed concern Wednesday about the extent of the Obama administration’s efforts to protect the Pakistan doctor who was sent to prison in Pakistan for treason after helping to find Usama bin Laden.
“This has been handled very poorly right from the time of the raid,” King told FoxNews.com.
Dr. Shakil Afridi ran a vaccination program for the CIA to collect DNA and verify bin Laden’s presence at the compound in the town of Abbottabad where U.S. commandos killed the Al Qaeda chief in a May 2011 raid.
The operation outraged Pakistani officials, who portrayed it as an act of treachery by a supposed ally.
King, R-N.Y., said administration officials talked about the doctor and his DNA sampling.
“They put him out there,” said King, who made clear he didn’t know the exact details about what, if anything, the administration may have done to get the doctor out of Pakistan or otherwise protect him. “I’m focused on that they disclosed his identity.”
The doctor was sentenced to 33 years in prison on Wednesday for conspiring against the state — a verdict officials said is likely to further strain the country’s relationship with Washington.
Senior U.S. officials have called for Dr. Afridi to be released, saying his work served Pakistani and American interests.
Then we have this brouhaha regarding this issue on Fox last week. This is also via FN:
In a panel discussion on Fox News Channel’sAmerica Live with Megyn Kelly, an argument over the Obama administration’s handling of relations with Pakistan became heated. Kelly appeared to become agitated when her guest attacked the motives of former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton after he criticized the Obama administration for being weak on relations with Pakistan.
A Pakistani court recently handed down a verdict of treason and a 33-year sentence for a man who led U.S. forces to the compound where bin Laden was hiding in 2011. Kelly invited Bolton and Brian Katulis, a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress, to discuss the Obama administration’s handling of the relationship with Pakistan in the wake of this court’s sentence.
“The government of the United States has got to be absolutely clear with the government of Pakistan here,” said Bolton. “This is completely unacceptable.” Bolton said that the U.S. has an obligation to protect those who aid in the execution of clandestine operations.
Kelly asked Katulis what the Obama administration’s response would be. He asserted that there was an ongoing “aggressive” response planned. Before he could get into the details, however, Kelly interrupted him and said that the State Department has said that “they will continue to make representations” to Pakistan.
Katulis said that the segment he was participating in was “criticizing diplomacy in action,” and said that this affair was similar to the diplomatic row with China over the dissident Chen Guangcheng earlier this month. “We have to call a timeout on the politicizing of national security,” said Katulis.
Kelly responded that the diplomacy in action was worthy of criticism because “it stinks.”
This was also done in the Senate last week: Senate Committee Votes to Cut $33M in Aid to Pakistan Over Prosecution of Doctor Who Helped Find Bin Laden, if you click the link you can read all this entailed as well.
Last but not least we have this story as well, which is just as serious and just as important. This is via NBC:
Judicial Watch has released hundreds of Defense Department and CIA communications that reveal the Obama administration leaked classified information to filmmakers on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Judicial Watch claims the secrets were provided for a film on the bin Laden raid that was first scheduled to be released Oct. 12, just in time to boost the president’s image shortly before the November elections. Sony Pictures has since pushed the release back to December.
According to the documents, the filmmakers were granted access to a Navy SEAL captain who was the “planner, operator and commander of SEAL Team Six,” which killed bin Laden. In one memo one of the filmmakers says he had a “good meeting with Brennan and McDonough” and says “they were forward leaning, sharing their point of view on command and control.”
John Brennan is the president’s chief counterterrorism adviser, and Denis McDonough is deputy national security adviser.
In putting the filmmakers together with the SEAL Team Six commander on the raid, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers writes in one document, “The only thing I ask is that you not reveal his name in any way … because he shouldn’t be talking out of school.”
The filmmakers include Kathryn Bigelow, Academy Award-winning director of “The Hurt Locker,” and screenwriter Mark Boal.
Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told NBC News on Tuesday that the Defense Department and other agencies regularly engage with the entertainment industry to inform book and movie projects.
“Many individuals in the industry expressed interest in developing projects on what can only be described as one of the top intelligence and military successes of a generation,” Little said. “Our engagement on these projects was driven by a desire to inform the public, not by timing.”
Judicial Watch, a self-described “conservative, non-partisan educational foundation” that often points out federal spending that it believes is suspect, obtained the documents through the Freedom of Information Act.
This is all very serious but will anything at all be done about this…and if so, what do you think that should be and to whom? Also, do you think the two instances above of releasing classified information borders on treason, or fit the high crimes and misdemeanors category thru your viewfinder in life?
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