Lefty Glenn Greenwald isn’t happy with Obama leaking details of his hands-on war on terror:
…now we have the spectacle of Obamaâ€™s â€œsenior administration officialsâ€ boasting to David Sanger about the details of this highly classified program and Obamaâ€™s heroic seizing of the mantle (â€œFrom his first days in office, he was deep into every step in slowing the Iranian program â€” the diplomacy, the sanctions, every major decision,â€ a senior administration official said. â€œAnd itâ€™s safe to say that whatever other activity might have been under way was no exception to that ruleâ€). In other words:Â Dear Vital Jewish Voters in Crucial Swing States: behold what this great leader did in secret to pummel Iran.
Does anyone doubt that if a government official had leaked information about this cyber virus that reflected poorly on rather than glorifying the Commander-in-Chief â€” disclosing, say, ineptitude, corruption or illegality â€” that they would be harshly prosecuted? If anyone does doubt that, just consider the Obama administrationâ€™s ongoing efforts to prosecute former CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling under espionage statutes for allegedly telling The New York Timesâ€˜Â James Risen â€” almost ten years ago â€” about dangerous mistakes the CIA made in trying to infiltrate Iranâ€™s nuclear program (mistakes which actually resulted in helping the Iranian program).
So exposing classified national security information is an act of criminal evil when done by a whistleblower to expose high-level error or abuse, or to a court trying to assess the legality of the Presidentâ€™s actions. But it is an act of great nobility when done to venerate the President as a strong and tough warrior. Thatâ€™s the manipulative, propagandistic game-playing this administration exploits with its secrecy powers and whistleblower prosecutions.
Thereâ€™s one last point meriting consideration. Note how eager Obama officials are to use leaks to tout his militaristic aggression. He ended bin Laden and Awlakiâ€™s lives. He personally picks the drone targets and aggressively piles up Terrorist corpses. He himself commanded the unleashing of the worldâ€™s first military attack using cyber-weapons.