Okay, the New York Times has now “jumped the shark”! They published an article today that outed the Head Spy in Iran.
From the NYT post, “CIA NAMES NEW IRAN CHIEF IN A SIGN OF TRUMP’S HARD LINE”:
He is known as the Dark Prince or Ayatollah Mike, nicknames he earned as the Central Intelligence Agency officer who oversaw the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the American drone strike campaign that killed thousands of Islamist militants and hundreds of civilians. Now the official, Michael D’Andrea, has a new job. He is running the C.I.A.’s Iran operations, according to current and former intelligence officials, an appointment that is the first major sign that the Trump administration is invoking the hard line the president took against Iran during his campaign.
Mr. D’Andrea’s new role is one of a number of moves inside the spy agency that signal a more muscular approach to espionage and covert operations under the leadership of Mike Pompeo, the conservative Republican and former congressman, the officials said. The agency also recently named a new chief of counterterrorism, who has begun pushing for greater latitude to strike militants.
This outing of the Iran Spy Chief has now far past previous outings and leaks of information. This is the leaking and outing of classified material that not only puts D’Andrea’s life in danger, but is likely very highly classified material, and likely “code worded”.
Why was D’Andrea outed? From the Times:
The New York Times is naming Mr. D’Andrea because his identity was previously published in news reports, and he is leading an important new administration initiative against Iran.
D’Andrea’s name was published two years ago based upon his work in Pakistan and Yemen. Nothing was published about him and Iran, so this is something completely new.
It is now long past the time to go after the leakers present throughout the Administration and the Bureaucracy. This leaker needs to be uncovered and subjected to the most extreme penalties under US law.
The Times cannot be accused of treason based upon court rulings in the Pentagon Paper case and other leaks. But it should be able to be sanctioned in other ways.
Time to end this stuff NOW!!!