The President is a congenital braggart who probably couldn't help himself and certainly didn't compromise that Israeli asset intentionally. He probably didn't even realize that he had done it. As problematic as it is that someone who is that clueless is in charge of the nuclear codes, he has multiple excuses. The man couldn't help himself.
But now, the Times has done something even less excusable. It has outed the CIA's top Iran spy with no better excuse than that his identity as an agency operative had been published previously and that he is "leading an important new administration initiative against Iran." It has outed the CIA's top Iran spy for no better reason than because his identity as an agency operative had already been published and that he is "leading an important new administration initiative against Iran. It has outed the CIA's top Iran spy for no better reason than that his identity as an agency operative had already been published and that he is "leading an important new administration initiative against Iran."
The shameful article can be found here.
For the Trump administration to complain might be a bit hypocritical, but that's a tautology. The President's ridiculous and frankly shameful assaults on the media (if you can discredit those who might occasionally tell the people the truth they will be left with nothing to believe than your own self-serving spin) and its own sieve-like character aside (it also leaked intelligence information gathered by MI-6 on the Manchester bombing, causing the Brits to temporarily suspend intelligence sharing with us) aside, to be very blunt, consideration should be given as to whether Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Goldman, who wrote the article, should face criminal charges.
D'Andrea's identity as a top CIA operative- in fact, one of those most responsible for degrading al Quaeda- had been previously reported by various news outlets. But now Iran knows the name of the man supervising clandestine operations in their country.
Here we have further evidence that the sickness which has invaded American politics- the sickness of putting selfish objectives and partisan gain ahead of the national welfare- has infected both ends of the political spectrum. When the New York Times starts gratuitously doing the work of the Iranian Secret Police, Democrats are in no position to wag their heads about our loudmouthed President's impulsive bragging to Russian diplomats.
HT: Real Clear World