The New York Times, in a rare moment of finger-pointing at the former president, blasted the Obama Administration as being responsible for a leak of information that allowed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi to escape U.S. forces in 2015.
Gen. Tony Thomas, who oversees Special Operations Command, told Fox News’ Catherine Herridge that his troops were “particularly close” to Baghdadi after a raid in 2015, but the trail “went dead” after a media leak.
“That was a very good lead,” Thomas lamented. “Unfortunately, it was leaked in a prominent national newspaper about a week later and that lead went dead.”
The Failing New York Times foiled U.S. attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist,Al-Baghdadi.Their sick agenda over National Security
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
That prominent national newspaper was the New York Times.
In an interesting twist however, the Times is blaming Obama officials for leaking the sensitive information.
Via the Daily Caller:
The New York Times blamed former Obama administration officials for releasing information that a U.S. general says allowed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi to slip away from American forces …
… Following Fox News’ reporting on Gen. Thomas’s comments, President Trump said in a tweet that “The Failing New York Times foiled U.S. attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist, Al-Baghdadi.” Trump accused the NYT of putting their “sick agenda over National Security.”
The paper ran a “fact check” article on Sunday disputing Trump’s claims. The NYT blamed instead the Obama officials who released the information. NYT reporter Michael Gordon noted that “the information in the Times article on June 8 came from United States government officials who were aware that the details would be published.”
How about, you were both wrong in leaking the information and it let a terrorist leader carry out his violence for years to come?
Multiple reports have surfaced over the last few months indicating that Al-Baghdadi has since been killed, though no concrete evidence has surfaced.
A group known as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claimed to have spoken to ISIS officials in reporting that they had obtained “confirmed information” that he had been killed earlier this month.
Did the Obama Administration and the New York Times put their personal agendas ahead of national security by leaking sensitive information? Share your thoughts below!