Then: Richard Nixon’s 18-minute audio tape gap.
Now: Barack Obama’s 25-minute video feed gap. “Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, revealed there was a 25 minute blackout during which the live feed from cameras mounted on the helmets of the US special forces was cut off,” the London Telegraph reports:
A photograph released by the White House appeared to show the President and his aides in the situation room watching the action as it unfolded. In fact they had little knowledge of what was happening in the compound.
Mr Panetta said: “Once those teams went into the compound I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes where we really didn’t know just exactly what was going on. And there were some very tense moments as we were waiting for information.
“We had some observation of the approach there, but we did not have direct flow of information as to the actual conduct of the operation itself as they were going through the compound.”
Does that gap match-up with the time that this now universally disseminated photo was snapped?
What did the president not see, and when did he not see it?
Related: On the information flip-side, paraphrasing Donald Rumsfeld, Ace quips, “You Know, When You Discover An ‘Intelligence Jackpot,’ It’s Probably Best Not To Tell People You’ve Discovered an Intelligence Jackpot.”