Skip to comments.Spying Case Left Obama in Dark, U.S. Officials Say
Posted on 07/09/2014 3:29:22 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
WASHINGTON When President Obama placed a call to Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany last Thursday, he had a busy agenda: to consult with a close ally and to mobilize wavering Europeans to put more pressure on Russia to end its covert incursions in Ukraine.
What Mr. Obama did not know was that a day earlier, a young German intelligence operative had been arrested and had admitted that he had been passing secrets to the Central Intelligence Agency.
While Ms. Merkel chose not to raise the issue during the call, the fact that the president was kept in the dark about the blown spying operation at a particularly delicate moment in American relations with Germany has led frustrated White House officials to question who in the C.I.A.s chain of command was aware of the case and why that information did not make it to the Oval Office before the call.
The details of this spying case remain murky. Intelligence officials have declined to comment, and it is still not clear what the German operative has told the authorities.
But the episode sheds light on the tensions that arise from the colliding cultures of spycraft and statecraft one driven by the need to vacuum as much secret material as possible; the other giving primacy to diplomatic objectives.
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Maybe he gets what he wants and has asked for in the past. Once he sets his pattern-and we can only imagine what that would be for a feckless, lazy person such as he-then the underlings live up to it.
When is the last time he actually read or listened to a full intel brief?
Would YOU trust intel to pinochio ears?
Those interfere with golf and B-ball clowning on the court.
Obama seems never to know what is happening. Is he always too stoned to listen, or just a liar?
I guess he hadn't watched the evening news yet.
That’s ok — he learns everything when her reads about it in ‘the news’ anyway...
He’s in the dark about everything. Makes ya wonder huh?
The only reason Josh Earnest holds press briefings is so the reporters can tell him what the President needs to hear about.
Both, Obumbler’s version of multi-tasking.
The Limbaugh Theorem. Obama is just an outsider trying to deal with a corrupt system.
The same guy that saved GM, saved Captain Phillips, watched the Bin Laden raid in real time, and has a terrorist kill list absolutely had no idea about Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, Benghazi, NSA spying and the VA scandal.
No reflection on you aftp but;
Why is the NYT (aka known as the “slimes”)being used as a “newspaper of record” when all that comes out of them is propaganda ? Watch how this; “aww poor baby it’s not Obama’s fault” gets smeared on this mornings breakfast toast by the visual and radio MSM newsgroups.
The only way to slow them down is to confront them at their offices with a large group of flash mob protesters who show up one day and..........
“Is he always too stoned to listen, or just a liar?”