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May 23, 2007

Iran Surely Grateful For The Loose Lips At Langley

Topics: Iran

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Thanks to someone in the CIA or in the larger "intelligence community" who can't keep their mouths shut, we may wind up with no other option against Iranian nuclear ambitions except the military strike.

While we're at it, we should also thank ABC News for publicizing the top secret order.

In other coverage, Curt at Flopping Aces offers that Iran now has an even more airtight "excuse" to put down any protests as being "CIA funded". More Iranians will end up dead, and this operation hasn't even gotten off the ground. Confederate Yankee says he'll be very interested to see whether or not the Justice Department will attempt to prosecute anyone in the intelligence community who leaked this information, as they obviously should. I doubt that Brain Ross or the staff of ABC News will be tried for criminal offenses (including treason), though the majority of comments posted on the Blotter's comment thread clearly favor that action... at least those they haven't yet deleted.

On the other hand, Powerline offers an angle that crossed my mind but didn't want to post:

I would rather see Iran worry about both scenarios:

Well, it isn't secret any longer. This may be another in a long line of instances where CIA officials have tried to foil American foreign policy by leaking secrets to the news media. Then again, it might not be. Something about this leak--I can't articulate what--makes me think it may have been intentional on the part of the administration, to send some sort of signal to Iran, or perhaps to Iranian dissidents. As far as I've seen in this morning's papers, the administration hasn't denounced the leak.

Either way, the campaign as described by ABC sounds like a good one--the kind of thing I'd have hoped we've been doing for quite a while.

Posted by Richard at May 23, 2007 1:09 PM



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