Tuesday, October 09, 2007

I'm still not surprised

White House Burns secret al-Qaeda source for political purposes. Where have I heard that before, besides Valerie Plame and other cases....

The White House obtained a video from Osama bin Laden before al-Qaeda officially released it from an intelligence source and was instructed not to release it to not blow the source. Within 30 minutes it was being passed all around Washington and leaked to Fox News.

Who here is surprised at all?
The founder of the company, the SITE Intelligence Group, says this premature disclosure tipped al-Qaeda to a security breach and destroyed a years-long surveillance operation that the company has used to intercept and pass along secret messages, videos and advance warnings of suicide bombings from the terrorist group's communications network.

"Techniques that took years to develop are now ineffective and worthless," said Rita Katz, the firm's 44-year-old founder, who has garnered wide attention by publicizing statements and videos from extremist chat rooms and Web sites, while attracting controversy over the secrecy of SITE's methodology. Her firm provides intelligence about terrorist groups to a wide range of paying clients, including private firms and military and intelligence agencies from the United States and several other countries.

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