“If you’re MI5 and you’re trying to recruit a young British Pakistani or British Arab in the future, how do you persuade them that their actions and their potential identity ... [aren’t] going to be splashed across The New York Times the next week?” Shashank Joshi, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a London-based think tank, said.In fact, an entire sphere of operations might have been affected:
A particular problem was the widespread circulation of details about the undercover operation to infiltrate al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to a senior serving US defence official. Staff in at least four US Government departments, as well as the CIA and the FBI, were on the “need to know” list.The leak, of course, was all part of last week's pathetic efforts to 'spike the ball' on the killing of Osama, and to portray Obama as tough on terrorism, a pathetically venal reason to jeopardize the intelligence efforts of a loyal ally.
The London Times' leading article (their main unsigned op-ed) also castigated this leak. Yes, it's a big deal, of which your liberal news media will be sure to keep you as uninformed as possible.