This kind of thing kicks my BP up. The pretense is that these are Three Wise People from different administrations. They will give us a measured, non-partisan picture of the issue. Instead they give us a misleading, cherry-picked, Jack Bauer-influenced version of the truth.
Do me a favor. Read their essay. Now ask yourself if it reflects any the following:
“The AP learned about the thwarted plot last week but agreed to White House and CIA requests not to publish it immediately because the sensitive intelligence operation was still under way,” the news agency report stated. “Once officials said those concerns were allayed, the AP decided to disclose the plot Monday despite requests from the Obama administration to wait for an official announcement Tuesday.”
They were going to have a press conference about this! The next day!
Within hours after the AP published its May 7, 2012 story, then-White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, currently the director of the CIA, held a background conference call in which he assured television network commentators that the bomb plot was never a threat to the American public or aviation safety.
The reason, he said, is because intelligence officials had “inside control” over it.
He later told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he conducted the briefing to avoid “dangerous questions and speculation” about the operation.
So it was the administration, not the AP, that tipped the world to the presence of somebody on the inside.
Last question: what’s up the secret subpoena? If this operation was dormant and capped, so much so that you were planning press conference and briefing the press about the existence of informants, why not go to court and try to get the phone records. You send your lawyers. AP sends theirs. There was no ticking bomb to justify this. And shame of Barr, Gorelick and Wainstein for writing this sneaky, dishonorable load of rubbish.