Melanie Phillips

24 May 2012

Treachery -- the movie

Published in: Daily Mail

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We can now all see, can’t we, with what fathomless contempt the Obama administration treats the security of America and the west. Documents released under US freedom of information laws suggest that defence department and CIA officials have jeopardised national security by giving Hollywood filmmakers access to top-secret information about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The Telegraph reports:

‘Congressman Peter King of New York, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said on Wednesday that the emails told a “damning story of extremely close, unprecedented, and potentially dangerous collaboration” between top Obama officials, the filmmakers and a Left-wing lobbying firm.

‘“If this facility is so secret that the name cannot even be seen by the public, then why in the world would the Obama Administration allow filmmakers to tour it?” Mr King asked.’

Why in the world indeed; and why in the world did the Obama administration also leak, with potentially even more catastrophic effect, operational secrets of the recent intelligence coup which foiled an al Qaeda airline bomb attack on the US? On that occasion, sources within the administration actually blew the cover of the British-run Saudi double agent who foiled the plot, thus compromising not only that man’s personal safety but also similar future intelligence stings and a priceless source of anti-terrorist intelligence out of Yemen.

Once could just about be put down to sloppiness. Twice, however, suggests some kind of malevolent myopia or active malice – and fingers point to the Obama campaign. The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has ordered an inquiry into the Yemen leak, but this does not cover the White House (or National Security Council officials).

As for the bin Laden movie, now scheduled to open in December, its original October release date has fuelled suspicions that it was intended to boost Obama’s re-election chances in November – a suspicion enhanced by the revelation that some of the contact between officials and the film's producers was brokered by the Left-leaning lobbying firm the Glover Park Group, whose senior employees include former Clinton administration staffers.

In both cases, it would seem that the only thing these unknown official leakers could see both in the operation to kill bin Laden and the thwarting of the Yemen bomb plot was a PR opportunity for Obama. As far as the continued security of the US and the west is concerned, either these individuals actively wish to frustrate its defence or they just couldn’t care less whether or not it succeeds. Thus the treacherous administration of the man who is seeking re-election as the leader of the free world.

About Melanie

Melanie Phillips is a British journalist and author. She is best known for her controversial column about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail. Awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996, she is the author of All Must Have Prizes, an acclaimed study of Britain's educational and moral crisis, which provoked the fury of educationists and the delight and relief of parents.

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