Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Appears as though White House Ruins Intel Link to Al-Qaeda's Secrets for Political Purposes

The founder of the company, the SITE Intelligence Group, says this premature disclosure by a White House source tipped al-Qaeda to a security breach and destroyed a years-long surveillance operation that the company has used to intercept and pass along secret messages, videos and advance warnings of suicide bombings from the terrorist group's communications network.

From Washington Post:

A small private intelligence company that monitors Islamic terrorist groups obtained a new Osama Bin Laden video (pdf) ahead of its official release last month, and around 10 a.m. on Sept. 7, it notified the Bush administration of its secret acquisition. It gave two senior officials access on the condition that the officials not reveal they had it until the al-Qaeda release.

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Within 20 minutes, a range of intelligence agencies had begun downloading it from the company's Web site. By midafternoon that day, the video and a transcript of its audio track had been leaked from within the Bush administration to cable television news and broadcast worldwide.

"Techniques that took years to develop are now ineffective and worthless," said Rita Katz, the firm's 44-year-old founder

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