It is easy to over think in trying to figure out why the WH does what it does. Grab this Washington Post full read to capture the essence of what the AP story is really about. Simple retaliation. Obama wanted the full credit for averting a potential terrorist attack. It’s all about Obama and his ego. It’s all about doing it the Chicago way. Intimation. So if Obama and crew thought they could take on the largest news agency and knee cap them, good luck. Nice that the Post chose to run with it. Wander over to the Mark Levin piece for a great rant. Here is a partial cut:
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.
The president’s top counterterrorism adviser at the time, John O. Brennan, had appeared on “Good Morning America” the following day to trumpet the successful operation. He said that because of the work of U.S. intelligence, the plot did not pose an active threat to the American public.
Holder said this week that the unauthorized disclosure “put the American people at risk.”
This is an amazing story. Mark Levin reads and reacts to a WaPo story that suggests the recent DOJ subpoena of the AP phone records was not really about hunting down a leak, but rather it was retribution over the fact that the AP scooped the White House on a foiled terrorism plot that the White House wanted to make a big deal over because it was during an election year.
Head on over for Mark’s take down of the Chicago way of doing business. video here at Right Scoop