Blame Libya Abduction on White House Leaks
Obama administration at fault for prime minister's ordeal, Marc Thiessen argues
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 10, 2013 1:43 PM CDT
David Cameron walks with Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, second from right, Barack Obama, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto at a G8 event in this June 18, 2013 file photo.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped briefly today in retaliation for consenting to the commando raid that captured Abu Anas al-Libi. How did they know he'd done this? "Simple: The Obama administration told them," writes Marc Thiessen at the Washington Post. Under fire from Congress and Zeidan's own government, Obama officials leaked word of Libya's acquiescence. "In other words, the Obama administration exposed the Libyan government’s cooperation in a top-secret covert action in order to bolster the president against domestic political criticism."

What's more, officials had hoped to keep al-Libi's capture itself secret, but that too found its way into the media. "This is simply devastating," Thiessen writes. It might otherwise have taken al-Qaeda a while to notice al-Libi's disappearance. But now, it will rapidly move to purge email accounts, dump phone numbers, and otherwise render useless al-Libi's knowledge. "Even when this administration gets something right, it can't seem to get it right," because, in Robert Gates' words, "they can't seem to 'shut the f*** up." Click for the full column.

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boss
Oct 10, 2013 11:47 PM CDT
LOL. Baggers lose. A member of the White House senior staff under President George W. Bush, Marc A. Thiessen served as chief speechwriter to the president and to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Prior to joining the Bush administration, Thiessen spent more than six years as spokesman and senior policy adviser to Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Jesse Helms (R-N.C.).
iq145
Oct 10, 2013 9:31 PM CDT
The Obama administration exposed the Libyan government’s cooperation in a top-secret covert action in order to bolster the president against domestic political criticism. Where i come from, that's called "throwing someone under the bus" :-)
reallybig
Oct 10, 2013 6:43 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD... "Wake the f*ck up" .. Samuel Jackson shouted in his rap spitting video? but Americans didn't listen .. and elected (the educated fool) Obama .. with his stinky finger. Libyan Prime minister Zeidan is a puppet installed leader by the US and NATO countries, backed by CIA death squads .. to protect the western oil companies in Libya.. .. REALLY