Liberal Gossip Website Outs CIA Operative Who Tracked Down OBL

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Michael Scheuer: Media ‘Anti-Agency, Think it’s Fun to Put
People at Risk’

By Eric Ames | July 29, 2011 |
14:47

Fox News’s Steve Doocy and former CIA officer Michael Scheuer took the gossip
site Gawker to task Friday for claiming to out the identity of the CIA officer
responsible for orchestrating the bib Laden raid in May. “I think most of the
media is anti-Agency, and they think it’s fun to put people at risk,” said
Scheuer.

Scheuer also pointed out that the story was not getting nearly as much
coverage as the Valerie Plame scandal. “I think it’s much worse. Ms. Plame
probably didn’t have a lot of enemies around the world that remember going to
come looking for them. But this fellow responsible for Osama bin Laden’s death
or in part for it is certainly at risk.” He further noted that the mainstream
media has a history of bias against American intelligence services. “For
example, you know, the Pulitzer Prize for treason, if I remember correctly, went
to the woman at the Washington Post who exposed the Agency’s black sites during
the rendition program. So the media and the media establishment rewards this
kind of conduct,” said Scheuer.
Doocy also pointed out that there was no
evidence that the individual highlighted by Gawker is even the agent in
question. “Steve, the average high school yearbook staff has more integrity and
common sense than Gawker or AP. They might have put an entirely mistaken
personality on someone’s bull’s eye. It’s an extraordinarily reckless
unprofessional thing to do,” said Scheuer. “The news was bin Laden was killed.
The officers in the military and the Agency responsible for that should have
been congratulated, end of story. No one needs to know anybody who was involved
in that operation.”
A transcript of the exchange, which aired at 6:51
a.m. on Friday, follows.
FNC
“Fox &
Friends”
07/29/2011
6:51 a.m. Eastern
STEVE DOOCY: CIA
Agents do their jobs without the expectation of big paychecks, fame or
recognition. They don’t want the spotlight. So it’s not exactly helpful when
your job is all about top secret observations. But the web site called “Gawker”
now trying to expose one particular agent, an agent Al-Qaeda would love to find
and probably kill, the one who tracked down Osama bin Laden. Michael Scheuer is
the former chief of the CIA bin Laden unit and the author of Osama bin Laden
joins us from D.C. Good morning to you.
MICHAEL SCHEUER: Good morning
sir.
DOOCY: The back story is the Associated Press after the bin Laden
kill did a story about this particular unit and they identified that, perhaps,
the guy who was behind it was in this White House photograph and then Gawker
this lousy web site out there did the math, figured out, oh, that’s the guy and
then outed a CIA agent!
SCHEUER: Well, you know, it’s typical of most of
the American media, Steve, that they’re very anti-Agency. The idea that the
Agency was at the center of killing bin Laden probably stuck in a lot of their
throats. And now we see people like Gawker and AP who have previously published
stories about agency officers who are still serving and/or undercover. It’s just
an amazing situation in America where people are rewarded for in essence aiding
and abetting the enemy.
DOOCY: Well, the problem for this person and
we’re not going to identify who he is in that picture. We’ve all seen that
picture. We have no idea who most of the people are. But his well being is now
in peril, I would imagine. I mean, if there were an al-Qaeda operative who
learned where the guy lived, he could be in trouble.
SCHEUER: I think
it’s very dangerous to expose anybody who was involved with killing Osama bin
Laden. Bin laden was a beloved figure in the community of Islamists. And
certainly, exacting revenge for bin Laden against the person who was involved in
his killing would be a huge feather in someone’s cap.
DOOCY: Absolutely.
Let’s go back a couple of years, Michael, during the George Bush administration
when Valerie Plane was inadvertently outed as a CIA. operative. There was an
investigation. There was a lot of trouble for people. Why no outrage here? Same
thing happened, didn’t it?
SCHEUER: I think it’s much worse. Ms. Plame
probably didn’t have a lot of enemies around the world that remember going to
come looking for them. But this fellow responsible for Osama bin Laden’s death
or in part for it is certainly at risk. As secretary Gates said about the
identities of the SEALS, sir.
DOOCY: Absolutely. So why would this web
site Gawker do this?
SCHEUER: As I said, I think most of the media is
anti-Agency. And they think it’s fun to put people at risk. They don’t like some
of the things the Agency does. For example, you know, the Pulitzer Prize for
treason, if I remember correctly, went to the woman at the “Washington Post” who
exposed the Agency’s black sites during the rendition program. So the media and
the media establishment rewards this kind of conduct.
DOOCY: And
ultimately, from what I understand, Michael, is they published the picture of
the guy and identified, yeah, that’s the guy right there. It was completely
unsubstantiated, they didn’t have anybody who said “yeah, that’s the guy.” They
just said “ok, according to what we figured out, that’s him.”
SCHEUER:
Yeah. Steve, the average high school yearbook staff has more integrity and
common sense than Gawker or AP. They might have put an entirely mistaken
personality on someone’s bull’s eye. It’s an extraordinarily reckless
unprofessional thing to do.
DOOCY: It certainly is. And ultimately, is it
news in your estimation?
SCHEUER: The news was bin Laden was killed. The
officers in the military and the Agency responsible for that should have been
congratulated, end of story. No one needs to know anybody who was involved in
that operation.
DOOCY: Yeah. Absolutely. It’s a crazy thing.
Irresponsible thing to do on the part of Gawker. All right, Michael Scheuer
joining us from DC. Thank you, sir, have a great weekend.
SCHEUER: You,
too, sir, thank you.
H/T NewsBusters
Where is the same outrage from the media that accompanied the Valerie Plame fiasco. Considering how insignificant her position at the CIA was as compared to this operative who may have actually risked his life to track down bin Laden. This man’s life could truly be in danger from islamic extremists.
Tom in NC

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  1. I can tell you right now who is responsible for this,your first guess does not count.

     
  2. Liberals are stupid and hate America.

     

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