Thursday, August 8, 2013

Associated Press, AP, Al Qaeda, Yemen, CIA, Leaks, DOJ, Holder, Phone Records, Timeline

AP reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman publish article containing extensive details from an indictment, then still sealed, against Adnan Shukrijumah, accused of being an Al Qaeda operative.

AP article about the arrest of terrorism suspects in Norway. 
In article AP discloses that it had delayed publication at government officials’ request.

AP reporters learn from leakers that CIA infiltration of an al-Qaeda branch has thwarted a Yemeni terror plot similar to the underwear bomber that failed to detonate on a 12/25/2009 flight to Detroit.

AP prepares to publish its leaked scoop of CIA infiltration of al-Qaeda branch.
In AP discussions with government officials, the CIA stresses to AP that publishing anything about the operation to obtain the bomb and thwart the plot would create grave national security dangers and compromise a “sensitive intelligence operation.”
Michael Morell, CIA’s deputy director, gives AP reporters additional background information to persuade them to hold off. The agency wants several days more to protect what it has in the works.

5/2/12 - 5/7/12
Reporters at AP sit on their big scoop at request of CIA officials.

AP scheduled to release the story.
AP journalists asked by certain CIA officials to hold off on publishing story for just one more day.
Other CIA officials claim national security concerns are “no longer an issue."
AP rejects plea to hold off longer.
CIA offers a compromise: Would they wait a day if AP could have the story exclusively for an hour, with no government officials confirming it for that time?
Reporters leave meeting to discuss the idea with their editors.
Within an hour, an White House administration official calls AP’s offices.
White House quashes the one-hour offer as impossible.
AP could have story exclusively for five minutes before White House makes its own announcement.
AP rejects request to postpone publication any longer.  Story is published.
WH plans to announce the successful counter terrorism operation the following day Tuesday, May8.

White House’s top counter terrorism adviser John Brennan goes on Good Morning America and announces the successful operation, praises intelligence officials and says that because of their work the Al Qaeda plot was never an active threat to the American public.

Report:  DOJ seizes phone records – home, work and cell -- of 21 AP reporters and editors between April 2012-May 2012 from four AP bureaus including Washington and New York trying to hunt down government source of leaked info about a operation to thwart Al Qaeda plan to blow up an airliner.

Holder on AP leak: "put the American people at risk." Unauthorized disclosure of intelligence operation to stop al-Qaeda from bombing US airliner among most serious leaks he could remember.

AP:  “As we told Reuters a year ago, at no point did AP offer or propose a deal in relation to this story,” said spokeswoman Erin Madigan White. “We did not publish anything until we were assured by high-ranking officials with direct knowledge of the situation, in more than one part of the government, that the national security risk was over and no one was in danger. The only deal was to hold the story until any security risk was resolved.”

Holder recuses himself from the AP case. He can not offer details on the investigation.
Holder testifies under oath that he was not involved in any "potential prosecution" of journalists.

Attorney General Eric Holder's new guidelines on criminal leak investigations involving members of the media would prevent the FBI from labeling reporters as co-conspirators, according to details leaked to Reuters and The New York Times by an unnamed Justice Dept. official.

Former FBI bomb technician Donald John Sachtleben, 55, of Carmel, IN, who later worked as a contractor for the bureau has agrees to plead guilty to disclosing national defense information to the Associated Press about a disrupted terrorist plot to bring down a civilian airliner headed for the United States.

The Committee to Protect Journalists releases its first examination of U.S. press freedoms focusing on changes under the Obama administration.
AP:  A report finds the U.S. government's aggressive prosecution of leaks and efforts to control information are having a chilling effect on journalists and government whistle-blowers.

NSA, Leaks, Bin Laden Raid, Sustenex, Al Qaeda Terror Threat, Yemen