By Jim Kouri
U.S. Congressman Peter King (R-NY) is demanding answers about an alleged leak by the Obama Administration of classified information regarding the British infiltration of al-Qaeda by an MI6 (Military Intelligence Section 6) “asset” and the successful counterterrorism operation that allegedly thwarted a possible terrorist plot involving an upgraded version of the infamous “underwear bomb.”
In a letter to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert Mueller, King stated that the investigation — and those individuals investigated — should include anyone who had access to the top secret information of the al-Qaeda infiltration.
King wrote that this leak: jeopardized the life of a unique intelligence source; caused the operation to be aborted before its potential was maximized; and allowed critical intelligence relationships to be damaged.
About 10 days after the frenzied news media detailed highly classified information about a reported anti-terror operation involving al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Representative Peter T. King (R-New York), chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, formally requested that FBI director Robert Mueller launch a full inquiry of the widely reported leaks of the information in the case.
“When the first story came out that made Obama look as if he’s on top of national security issues, the news media were covering the story like white on rice. When it seemed that there were problems with leaked information emanating from the White House, most reporters — except for Fox News Channel staff, Internet news web sites and talk radio — dropped the story and lost interest,” notes political consultant Mike Baker.
King also requested that the investigation encompass the Intelligence Community, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, federal law enforcement, and the White House, including the President Barack Obama’s National Security staff.
“While not mentioned in his letter, there are a number of intelligence officials who believe the investigation should be extended to include members of the Obama re-election campaign staff who informally work closely with White House officials to help an arguably weak president look tough on terrorism and terrorist groups,” former U.S. military intelligence officer and New York police official Mike Snopes.
“With this administration, it’s difficult to know where official White House business ends and the president’s re-election operation begins,” claims Snopes.
In his letter to Mueller yesterday, King also wrote:
“Nobody in Congress knew about it, so we start off with that,” King stated. “Even the [GOP] Speaker of the House didn’t know about it. It’s almost unprecedented. Even with bin Laden, my understanding is certain members of Congress were told about it months in advance, the killing of bin Laden, and I know the speaker is generally briefed on critical intelligence on a regular basis…but in this case no one was briefed.”
“I have no idea where it’s coming from,” he said in a subsequent news interview. “It had to be somebody who knew the entire situation, and again it’s a very small universe.”
“This [spy] was such a really unprecedented penetration — a very rare penetration of al Qaeda and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” King told Fox News Channel. “This really was criminal, and I use the term criminal, but this really was. To put the source at risk, to force the aborting of the operation, to preventing us getting more information than we would have gotten, but also to create real distress with partners that we were involved with in this operation.”
“Ultimately there could have been a way found to get him out…to create a situation where he doesn’t necessarily have to blow his cover,” he added. “Certainly the allies using him and others had not decided at all to admit that they had a source in there. You could have had cover stories, you could have had something done…there could have been ways to have extricated that person without giving up his identity.”
King summed up his expectation by writing:
“The information regarding this intelligence matter was handled in the most restricted manner possible by the Intelligence Community and the White House which means the leak would have to have emanated from a small universe. That makes this leak all the more distressing and is why I so strongly believe that an investigation of a security breach of this magnitude must encompass everyone who had access to this vital information.”