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May 16, 2013 - 11:52 am

When he was asked why the Department of Justice subpoenaed the AP’s phone records, Holder responded that the leak involved was “very, very serious.” So serious, in fact, that “It put Americans at risk.” So the DOJ had to act.

Yeah, about that. It appears not to be true.

For five days, reporters at the Associated Press had been sitting on a big scoop about a foiled al-Qaeda plot at the request of CIA officials. Then, in a hastily scheduled Monday morning meeting, the journalists were asked by agency officials to hold off on publishing the story for just one more day.

The CIA officials, who had initially cited national security concerns in an attempt to delay publication, no longer had those worries, according to individuals familiar with the exchange. Instead, the Obama administration was planning to announce the successful counterterrorism operation that Tuesday.

Get that? The administration wanted to own the story, and wanted AP to hold off publishing until Obama et al could announce it themselves.

The CIA, which would later allow the State Department to edit the Benghazi talking points, continued arguing with the AP to delay releasing the story even after all the security concerns about it went away.

The news service was prepared to publish its scoop on May 2, 2012. But in discussions with government officials, the CIA stressed to AP that publishing anything about the operation to obtain the bomb and thwart the plot would create grave national security dangers and compromise a “sensitive intelligence operation.”

Michael J. Morell, the CIA’s deputy director, gave AP reporters some additional background information to persuade them to hold off, Vietor said. The agency needed several days more to protect what it had in the works.

Then, in a meeting on Monday, May 7, CIA officials reported that the national security concerns were “no longer an issue,” according to the individuals familiar with the discussion.

When the journalists rejected a plea to hold off longer, the CIA then offered a compromise. Would they wait a day if AP could have the story exclusively for an hour, with no government officials confirming it for that time?

It’s after the AP decides to run with the story, that the DOJ goes after its phone records in a sweep so vast that it even included the AP’s phone at the US House of Representatives. Given who the AP may have been talking to on that phone, we may have a violation of the separation of powers.

Obama bus driver Tommy Vietor helpfully wraps the story up for his boss.

“We shouldn’t pretend that this leak of an unbelievably sensitive dangerous piece of information is okay because nobody died,” he said.

We shouldn’t pretend that lifelong Obama loyalists are qualified to be national security spokesmen, either.

h/t Allahpundit

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Shorter Holder: 'I know, but I won't tell---because then I would have to kill you.'
1 year ago
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This is kind of unbelievable, mainly since AP has never given a damn about putting American lives at risk if it meant breaking a story.Same goes for any other major news organization you'd care to name. Exposing CIA operatives is only bad when someone like Scooter Libby does it.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
And yet, Scooter Libby never exposed a CIA operative.
1 year ago
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Sorry about the weird post. I have no idea where that html came from.
1 year ago
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something similar happened to me yesterday. i thought it was me. looks like pjm has another problem
1 year ago
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“We shouldn’t pretend that this leak of an unbelievably sensitive dangerous piece of information is okay because nobody died,” he said.

Well, if it was so sensitive... Then, why the F*** did they have the info in the first place, you morons? It is against the law to reveal classified information, period! I want to know, exactly who gave them the information ahead of time, before it had been declassified? Send that person to jail!

Was it ever classified? I assume so. Was it ever officially declassified? I doubt it. We have the rules for a reason. You do not get to make it up as you go along! They think they can just kinda wing it, then they get upset when it gets away from them. That's why there is a process for this, morons! Use the effing process!

Grr.
1 year ago
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John Brennan
1 year ago
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"Get that? The administration wanted to own the story, and wanted AP to hold off publishing until Obama et al could announce it themselves."

Dear Liar is giving the North Korean Kims a run for their money in terms of hubris
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