Bombshell: No national security threat? Did DOJ probe AP as payback for scooping the WH?

Wow is right. President Obama declined to comment on the AP phone records scandal today.

He was far too busy running late, snubbing his smitten lapdogs and using Marines as human prop-aganda and all. And there was possibly another reason, natch.

Yes, there is a new report. And it appears to be devastating.

The Washington Post is reporting that the CIA asked the Associated Press to sit on a story about the Yemen terror plot bust until the White House was ready to spike the football.

The CIA officials, who had initially cited national security concerns in an attempt to delay publication, no longer had those worries, according to individuals familiar with the exchange. Instead, the Obama administration was planning to announce the successful counterterrorism operation that Tuesday.

AP balked and proceeded to publish that Monday afternoon. Its May 2012 report is now at the center of a controversial and broad seizure of phone records of AP reporters’ home, office and cellphone lines. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the unauthorized disclosure about an intelligence operation to stop al-Qaeda from detonating explosives aboard a U.S. airliner was among the most serious leaks he could remember, and justified secretly obtaining records from a handful of reporters and editors over a span of two months.

Wait, what? According to lying liars in the Obama administration, AP phone records were probed to uncover a leak that put the country at risk. Yet, reportedly the story was published after the AP was told, by the CIA, that there was no longer a risk. And after the AP had already sat on the story for five days.

Of course, Jay Carney would say this is also magically the fault of Fox News.

It seems the real “risk” here was the Obama administration missing a chance to gloat and pat itself on the back first.

Allahpundit over at Hot Air breaks it down:

Am I understanding that correctly? The CIA went on bargaining with the AP after the security worries had evaporated, purely in the interest of preventing the administration from being scooped on its glorious “plot foiled” announcement the next day? (John Brennan ended up on “Good Morning, America” the next morning to crow about the intel victory.) And when the AP didn’t comply — even though it had been, apparently, entirely cooperative up to that point — the DOJ went hunting for its phone records without so much as a polite request first? Also, who was the “administration official” in the White House that couldn’t wait more than five whole minutes after the news broke for Team Obama to take credit, six months out from an election?

If true, this is beyond scandalous: Read the whole thing.

Allahpundit and other Twitter users break it down further.

Bingo. The risk was to the Obama administration’s thunder.

But what about the original leaker and any national security risk?

Exactly.

Citizens are outraged by this latest bombshell.

A chilling retaliatory snit fit. This is Obama’s America?

  • RightFinShark

    It’s all over.

    • Elaine

      This is exactly how I heard the story last week. I wondered why no one else mentioned it. They told the AP to sit on this story and they would get back to them. When they didn’t get back to the AP, they ran the story. PAYBACK for sure!

      • chrisl

        Right. I only heard the last of it on radio, but an internal counsel for the AP was on Hannity (maybe O’Reilly) earlier this week and said basically the same thing. Paraphrasing, but essentially, the “leak” was moot by that Monday; CIA was okay with the content of the story by that time, just wanted to control the timing.

      • Amanda

        The concept went viral b/c, I think, an editorial in WaPo

    • detroit19

      I pray.

    • DeBaliviere

      Never underestimate The Floater: Characterized by its buoyancy, this turd has been known to resurface after many flushes.

    • DeBaliviere

      Never underestimate The Floater: Characterized by its buoyancy, this turd has been known to resurface after many flushes.

  • Clayton Grant

    The part that gets me is – these people seem surprised.

    • Jeremy

      Yeah this doesn’t surprise me.

    • CatHerder

      I am usually surprised. I know, eternal optimist, poor old fool. I still tell myself “they won’t stoop that low” until they do. Sigh.

      • Clayton Grant

        Right now, Obama is thinking Murphy was an optimist.

      • Clayton Grant

        Right now, Obama is thinking Murphy was an optimist.

    • CatHerder

      I am usually surprised. I know, eternal optimist, poor old fool. I still tell myself “they won’t stoop that low” until they do. Sigh.

    • http://twitter.com/BrianPHovland Brian H (wackobird)

      I have removed surprise from my lineup. Nothing really does anymore. This especially, no question who is responsible……this just fills in the why.

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    ☀ ☀ ☀ LET THE SUN SHINE IN…..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-4w9gKlR3U

    • Guest

      The 5th Dimension — that certainly slots right into this WH’s ideology.

    • fivegreatkids

      Groovy! We are the only ones who will let the light shine on this admin. Keep up the good work conservatives. It is going to take ALL of us to fight the corrupt ‘cover-up’ media.

  • TJ

    The AP was being the lap dogs by holding the story but they got too excited about the story and a victory for there master of a failed plot, that they peed on the lap.

    • OLLPOH

      yep, he looooooves to appear when it loooooks like an accolade is neeear.

      And they will continue to trample on us in their Alinski Thuggery, B.L.T., C.R.T. Tactics.

      His transformation is to Finish Øff the NullificatiØn Øf the CØnstitutiØn, and Bill Øf Rights, so he can be the first DictatØr Marxists Øf America.

    • AlmaAlma

      Now that their Master has turned on them, will they bite him?

    • AlmaAlma

      Now that their Master has turned on them, will they bite him?

  • trixiewoobeans

    This makes my eyes shake with anger! (Thanks, Ace of Spades)!

  • TocksNedlog

    The wheels FALLING OFF the bus go ’round and ’round;
    ’round and ’round, ’round and ’round . . .

  • https://twitter.com/Captain_Cy_kun Cy

    Any one of these scandals would be enough to have the media demanding the impeachment of a Republican president. Can we FINALLY start talking about this with Obama now?

    • Clayton Grant

      I tried, but he’s not taking my calls.

  • https://twitter.com/Captain_Cy_kun Cy

    Any one of these scandals would be enough to have the media demanding the impeachment of a Republican president. Can we FINALLY start talking about this with Obama now?

  • Garth Haycock

    So, not only is Obama a lying, vindictive despot (IRS scandal) but he’s also a petty, sniveling, little twit (DoJ/AP phone records).

    I wonder if the citizens of other countries laugh at what a jackass Obama is, much like we Americans laugh at Kim Jung Un. I wouldn’t blame them if they did.

    • detroit19

      No…they laugh at the 53% of us who pay taxes to support this circus.

      • OLLPOH

        uh huh! …and they try with futility to herd us in to totalitarian Marxist ObamaGovt.

        • http://scienceshift.com/ Holly Martin

          Like herding cats. Cant be done.

      • ObamaFail

        They laugh at the people who were dumb enough to vote for Obama more than once.

        • Jim Denney

          Lots of people voted for Obama more than once, in each of his elections. It’s the Chicago Way!

          • IBXNJ

            Election Day was Resurrection Day!!! Vote early,vote often!!!

  • Garth Haycock

    So, not only is Obama a lying, vindictive despot (IRS scandal) but he’s also a petty, sniveling, little twit (DoJ/AP phone records).

    I wonder if the citizens of other countries laugh at what a jackass Obama is, much like we Americans laugh at Kim Jung Un. I wouldn’t blame them if they did.

  • Zorro

    Impeach the Chicago Thug.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      You betcha!

  • Zorro

    Impeach the Chicago Thug.

  • Bklynnygirl

    Pass the popcorn.

    • Guest

      You bring the popcorn, I’ll bring the wine.

  • Bklynnygirl

    Pass the popcorn.

  • teamfrazzled

    Even if their leak story was true -and it appears it wasn’t at all since the national security issue and hazard to others had passed -think about it. Where would YOU start on trying to find the inside person responsible for leaking it? Only a tiny handful of people knew about this story at that time. The DOJ wasn’t looking for the person who leaked this story by pulling two months of phone records for everyone at the AP. I bet they knew all along who did it. If they didn’t, they would have started with those with the clearance to even know anything about this first and demanded a polygraph which required no warrant, no violations of rights and is a condition of their employment in order to have the security clearance. They were after something else with this-sounds more like a fishing expedition hoping to find evidence of anything so they could really slap someone for stealing Obama’s thunder when they were asks not to do so.

    • Clayton Grant

      This sounds more like a pseudo-scandal to divert attention from the real scandals of Benghazi and the IRS.

  • teamfrazzled

    Even if their leak story was true -and it appears it wasn’t at all since the national security issue and hazard to others had passed -think about it. Where would YOU start on trying to find the inside person responsible for leaking it? Only a tiny handful of people knew about this story at that time. The DOJ wasn’t looking for the person who leaked this story by pulling two months of phone records for everyone at the AP. I bet they knew all along who did it. If they didn’t, they would have started with those with the clearance to even know anything about this first and demanded a polygraph which required no warrant, no violations of rights and is a condition of their employment in order to have the security clearance. They were after something else with this-sounds more like a fishing expedition hoping to find evidence of anything so they could really slap someone for stealing Obama’s thunder when they were asks not to do so.

  • Slapweasel

    So, let me get this straight:

    -They went through their friendly and helpful neighbor’s mail and took some stuff because…

    …retaliation for perceived, non-realistic, grievances?

    Trust Your Government, PLEBES. They Will Not Hurt You. Government Isn’t Force. It Is A Soft and Comfy Pillow That Catches You When You Fall.

    THIS IS FUCKING MEME-FAIL 101.

    • detroit19

      Uh…no thanks.

  • Slapweasel

    So, let me get this straight:

    -They went through their friendly and helpful neighbor’s mail and took some stuff because…

    …retaliation for perceived, non-realistic, grievances?

    Trust Your Government, PLEBES. They Will Not Hurt You. Government Isn’t Force. It Is A Soft and Comfy Pillow That Catches You When You Fall.

    THIS IS FUCKING MEME-FAIL 101.

  • OLLPOH

    Not In OBAMAGOVT Do We Trust!

  • OLLPOH

    Resignations Accepted. You Are Fired!

  • http://scienceshift.com/ Holly Martin

    Wow. Just wow! The nuclear option always destroys a lot more than the target.

  • http://itooktheredpill.wordpress.com/ Red Pill

    A chilling retaliatory snit fit. This is Obama’s America?

    Yes, yes it is.

    The Obama motto:

    We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends

    • AlmaAlma

      Was Obama disrespectfully getting the Military to be his personal Cabana boys a personal snit fit against the them? Was he giving the finger to the Military in his own inimitable childish way?

    • AlmaAlma

      Was Obama disrespectfully getting the Military to be his personal Cabana boys a personal snit fit against the them? Was he giving the finger to the Military in his own inimitable childish way?

  • MurphTacular

    If you read the WaPo story, which was published Wednesday, it’s easy to understand why the world in general is hardly even discussing this story. And good luck finding it on the WaPo website, they don’t seem to think it’s anything close to as big a deal as folks ’round here.
    A) it’s confusing
    B) it’s regular source-reporter “inside baseball” type quibbling.
    And like the former WH official says at the end, just b/c the plot was foiled doesn’t mean the AG shouldn’t/couldn’t be upset about the leak.
    I don’t understand the crazed tone and upset about this in all of those tweets up above.

    • Bumr50

      The “world in general” can go screw itself.

      I live in the United States of America.

      • MurphTacular

        You don’t really believe I wasn’t talking about the U.S. when I made that reference, do you?

    • Bumr50

      The “world in general” can go screw itself.

      I live in the United States of America.

  • JR48

    Okay…this was ALL about sour grapes because they didn’t get to spike the football?

    REALLY?! The total violation of the fourth amendment rights of 100 private citizens…To search for dirt because of spiking interuptus?

    Completely void of any morals whatsoever. No sense of right or wrong. A values vacuum.

  • cscape

    Mark Levin just read the source article (WaPo) on his show tonight…… THIS will be the huge story tomorrow…… THIS makes the AP phone scandal THE MOST damaging of all the egregious usurpations of Executive power of the 3 scandals… and it also brings all 3 scandals into a unified motive – to get Obama re-elected!

    • MurphTacular

      And all 10,000 of Mark’s listeners will go and read a WaPo story for the first time and wonder what the turmoil’s all about …

      • cscape

        mark has 7 million listeners

        • MurphTacular

          I’m sure he does … That was a joke, ya know.

          • cscape

            ok….. i was worried there….. wish mark had 70 million listeners – this would be a different country if he did

          • MurphTacular

            And still no one’s worried about this … I guess it wasn’t the ‘bombshell’ Twitchy thought it was. Oh. Well.

          • cscape

            right…. it didn’t get any traction today…… it will, in time – 1 scandal at a time! LOL

          • cscape

            ok….. i was worried there….. wish mark had 70 million listeners – this would be a different country if he did

      • cscape

        mark has 7 million listeners

  • Paul C.

    When you cross Odrama hold on to your A$$. With this moron there’s always payback.

  • Paul C.

    When you cross Odrama hold on to your A$$. With this moron there’s always payback.

  • CHHR

    I guess I could never play in the political theater… from the beginning the supposed “security threat” had passed… it was a story the WH requested the AP withhold until THEY, Obama of course, spiked the ball…
    Security threat means something was still going down… According to the APs own accounts, this story was over when it was published.

  • CHHR

    I guess I could never play in the political theater… from the beginning the supposed “security threat” had passed… it was a story the WH requested the AP withhold until THEY, Obama of course, spiked the ball…
    Security threat means something was still going down… According to the APs own accounts, this story was over when it was published.

  • Axelgreaser

    PUT THIS OUTRAGEOUS WOMAN ON THE STAND and make her swear on the Bible! None of these Obama thugs are being sworn in and their pissing on the law and the American people. We’re pissoir’s and cash cows to be used and abused at the pleasure and whims of Democrat criminals! We certainly have the opportunity to ask Ms. Ingram exactly who was bullied BY HER during her term as Mme. Head Goon, how the selection was made and whom above her whispered ‘Get them’ into her ear. This rat only ran as far as Sebelius’s rats nest.

    Why in the name of heaven would anyone in their right mind even want to divulge their party preference when we’ve seen this week how Obama operates. Yes OBAMA. Are those death panels that Democrats have had in place for three years but whom they swear (not on the bible) don’t exist going to ‘green light’ our life? Or throw us on the trash heap? Will we be afforded the proper unaffordable ObamaCare we need in a timely fashion? Or will ‘Republican’ stamped on our ‘Live Or Die’ file determined our outcome in the same manner Conservatives where clubbed and beaten into withdrawing from fund raising during the 2012 election?
    What are we? Kenya?

  • fivegreatkids

    If this had been anybody but Obama the press would have crucified them and they would have been impeached long ago. Without folks like Michelle Malkin and the social media this would never have even seen the light of day. It is up to us to keep the light on this admin-because the main stream press will never do it. They might throw an occasional crumb when the pressure gets intense but nothing is more important to them than their king.

  • tops116

    Never before has “If Bush had done this” line been more appropriate than in the last week. Eesh…

  • http://twitter.com/murphylinn Murphy Linn Spears

    All that glitters is GOLD!!!!!!!!!!

  • I M Free

    CNN, NBC, MSNBC, Huffington, NYT – You watch out. Dont preempt coz POTUS will screw you.