In an effort to ramp up his image as tough on terror before the election, President Obama is leaking top secret information which the NY Times is gleefully reporting. As an aside, the NY Times article refers to Obama as President Obama or Mr. Obama but former President Bush is just Bush.
The Times article, Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran, reported that President Obama secretly ordered (it’s not a secret any longer obviously) “increasingly sophisticated attacks” on Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities. Obama allegedly accelerated attacks begun under Bush and code-named “Olympic Games.”
According to the article, “Computer security experts who began studying the worm, which had been developed by the United States and Israel, gave it a name: Stuxnet.” … Read more leaked information at the NY Times.
This is a very dangerous tactic on the part of the Obama administration and it does not put America first. It puts Israel in harm’s way and at risk of a pre-emptive strike by Iran.
The Times article baits Iran.
Revealing information like this cannot be reassuring to the security community.
When will people say “enough?”
It wasn’t enough when the Obama administration leaked information about Seal Team 6. It wasn’t enough when they leaked information about a secret base Israel might launch from to attack Iran. Obama’s administration even leaked the planned time frame for an attack.
It wasn’t enough when they leaked the information about sham DNA testing program to verify the location of the bin Laden family and gave away the name of the CIA operative conducting it – Dr. Shakil Afridi. Leaks about the drone campaign and kill-list should be added to the list.
Yet, it was unacceptable when the name of erstwhile spy, Valerie Plame, was leaked, allegedly by Karl Rove, who, as it turned out, was innocent.
Update: 6/6/12: Yesterday, John McCain said the following about the leaks from the senate floor, “A really disturbing aspect of this is that one could draw the conclusion from reading these articles that it is an attempt to further the president’s political ambitions for the sake of his re-election at the expense of our national security.”
McCain pointed to the June 1st NYT article on the secret cyber-attacks on Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities with a computer virus as discussed in this article. He also referred to the NYT’s article of May 29th which revealed U.S. plans to expand the drone campaign and the “kill-list” of counterterrorism targets (if you actually believe the President sits down and picks out each victim in between fundraisers).
Senator John McCain further said, “I call on the President to take immediate and decisive action – including the appointment of a special counsel to aggressively investigate the leak of any classified information on which the recent stories were based and, where appropriate, to prosecute those responsible.”
McCain said these leaks can undermine our nation’s security by informing our nation’s enemies.
“For this reason, regardless of how politically useful these leaks may be to the President, they have to stop,” McCain said, “I find that interesting considering that the only conceivable motive for such damaging and compromising leaks of classified information is that it makes the President look good.” (ABC News)
The problem of course is that President Obama is the source of the leak.
I did send a roll of masking tape to Senator McCain.
Update: 6/7/12: Barack Obama’s Administration Approved the Stuxnet Leak