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This week the bogeymen of the Washington, D.C., corrupt political establishment and the whistleblower who leaked alleged national information to Julian Assange, the head of Wikileaks, Pfc. Bradley Manning, was convicted in a military court and could face up to 136 years in prison. In another case of alleged espionage, the NSA leaker who revealed that the Obama administration is spying on all of the phone and Internet records of over 300 million Americans, obtained temporary asylum in Russia after the “leaker in chief” and his henchmen, like Attorney General Eric Holder, threatened to throw the legal book at him for revealing their unconstitutional intrusion on privacy. Indeed, most of official Washington, both Democrat and Republican, would like to see Manning and Snowden burn at the stake in a modern-day equivalent of the Salem witchcraft trials, if for no other reason than to divert attention away from their own penchant to leak national security information when it suits their political purposes. In short, Manning and Snowden are the “scapegoats” for those government elites who do far worse things than these two whistleblowers.
In this regard, rearing her truly ugly head this week was none other than the most evil “witch” of them all, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Having skated from committing or aiding and abetting in over 40 scandals during her husband Bill’s felonious administration from 1993 to 2001, and fresh from the revelations of her obstruction of justice related to the Benghazi scandal at the State Department where she reigned as secretary of state from 2009 to 2012, the Bonnie of this Bonnie and Clyde criminal duo was implicated in perhaps the most damaging release of national security information since the Rosenbergs revealed atomic secrets to the Soviet Union in the early 1950s.
While this revelation is hardly surprising, as no crime is below Bonnie, information that she is the likely leaker of state secrets to chief Washington New York Times correspondent David Sanger arose in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Freedom Watch and I brought against her State Department over the unprecedented revelations, printed in the Times, that revealed the nation’s cyber-warfare sources and methods against Iran’s nuclear reactors and Israeli war plans – should the Jewish state have to take unilateral action to obliterate these sites – among other classified leaks of sensitive information that severely harmed U.S.-Israeli national security. These leaks were perpetrated in the lead-up to the November 2012 elections, when the Obama administration was trying to look tough in response to Republican charges that it was soft on Iran.
While I rarely agree with Sen. John McCain, his description of the severity of these leaks hits the mark in this instance. Here is part of what he said at the time on the Senate floor:
“What price did the administration apparently pay to proliferate such a presidential persona – highly valued in an election year? Access. Access to senior administration officials who appear to have served as anonymous sources divulging extremely sensitive military and intelligence information and operations. …
“The fact that this administration would aggressively pursue leaks perpetrated by a 22-year-old Army private in the Wikileaks matter and former CIA employees in other leaks cases but apparently sanction leaks made by senior administration officials for political purposes, is simply unacceptable. It also calls for the need for a special counsel to investigate what happened.
“In the latest of the recently published articles – published on June 1, 2012, just a few days ago – the New York Times documented in rich detail the president’s secret decision to accelerate cyber attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities with a computer virus that came to be known as Stuxnet. The author of the article, Mr. David Sanger, clearly states that former and current American officials spoke to him but refused to do so on the record because the program is both highly classified and parts of it are ongoing. I repeat, the administration officials discussed a most highly classified operation that is both highly classified and still ongoing, an operation that clearly was one of the most tightly held national security secrets in our country until now. And I might point out to my colleagues that this is all about the Iranian effort to acquire nuclear weapons, which is one of the most difficult national security challenges the nation faces.
“The suggestion that misconduct occurred within the executive branch is right there in black and white and is why a special counsel is needed.”
Of course, there subsequently was no appointment of a special counsel, and characteristically Sen. McCain, after having achieved his primary goal of more media exposure to feed his giant ego, let the issue drop.
But Freedom Watch and I did not let the issue drop, and in documents released just this week as part of our FOIA lawsuit – documents Bonnie and her State Department held back from production for over one year to get beyond the 2012 election – it was revealed that Bonnie and her State Department staff are the likely leakers of this most secretive and damaging national security information. At the bottom of the pile of hundreds of pages of evidence, one document in particular sums up this heinous crime. Coming from Michael Hammer, one of Bonnie’s top officials at State as the assistant secretary of state for public affairs, he writes to Wendy Sherman, the under secretary of state for political affairs (the third-highest ranking official at State), “Wendy – Sanger is writing a book on the Obama Admin’s foreign policy to be published in June. He has talked to scores of people, including the Secretary, Bill, Jake, Kurt, Bob Einhorn and over at NSC and other agencies. We have been cooperating with him on this project and the chats have all been on background with anything on the record approved by us.”
So there you have it; Bonnie and her leftist comrades at the State Department are the likely leakers.
While Freedom Watch’s citizens’ grand jury has already indicted Bonnie and Obama for these crimes, look to the Washington establishment, including Bonnie’s Republican buddy John McCain, to circle the wagons yet again to protect her. That is because to protect Bonnie is to someday protect themselves, when other members of the political establishment are called on the carpet for leaking sensitive national security information to suit their ends.
So when you hear the establishment cries vilifying and threatening Manning and Snowden, remember that the real villains are our nation’s government officials who serve not “We the People,” but instead their own political interests.
And, again, that is why we are headed into revolution!