The New York Times has aided and abetted the enemy by printing leaked intelligence information that actually facilitated the escape of notorious ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, while the rest of his terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria has reportedly been “dismantled”.
“We have absolutely dismantled his network,” stated Gen. Tony Thomas, speaking at the Aspen Security Forum. “I mean, everyone who worked for him initially is dead or gone. Everybody who stepped to the plate the next time [is] dead or gone. Down through a network where we have killed, in a conservative estimate, 60,000 to 70,000 of his followers, his army.” Baghdadi, thanks to a Times report published in June of 2015, nevertheless remains at large.
Interviewed by Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, Thomas, who leads the Special Operations Command, said his team was “particularly close” to Baghdadi after the 2015 raid that killed ISIS oil minister Abu Sayyaf. Sayyaf’s wife was captured alive, and she gave U.S. officials a treasure trove of actionable information.
“That was a very good lead. Unfortunately, it was leaked in a prominent national newspaper about a week later and that lead went dead,” Thomas recalled, adding, “The challenge we have [is] in terms of where and how our tactics and procedures are discussed openly. There’s a great need to inform the American public about what we’re up to. There’s also great need to recognize things that will absolutely undercut our ability to do our job.” (Scroll down for more.)
”New insights yielded by the seized trove – four to seven terabytes of data, according to one official – include how the organization’s shadowy leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, operates and tries to avoid being tracked by coalition forces,” the Times reported. The ISIS leader apparently ran with it.
Gen. Tony Thomas explains how a leak to NYT foiled U.S. attempt to kill ISIS leader Baghdadi. Publishing leaks undermines our Natl Sec! pic.twitter.com/bZb2e7GwvI
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) July 22, 2017
President Trump tweeted about the matter Saturday morning, saying, “The Failing New York Times foiled U.S. attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist,Al-Baghdadi.Their sick agenda over National Security.”
The Failing New York Times foiled U.S. attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist,Al-Baghdadi.Their sick agenda over National Security
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
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