First a Leak (or Rumor) about Secret Bilateral Peace Talks, Then a Leak about a Drone-Plane Standoff

CNN is reporting that two Iranian jets shot at–but did not hit–a Predator drone flying in what their report says is international airspace (though see Max Fisher and Steve Hynd on the location).

Two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf last week, CNN has learned.

[snip]The drone’s still and video cameras captured the incident showing two SU-25s approaching the Predator and firing its onboard guns.

The Iranian pilots continued to fire shots that went beneath the Predator but were never successful in hitting it, according to the officials.

After a month straight of unauthorized leaks pertaining the Benghazi without a peep in response from anyone in the Administration, DOD’s Press Secretary has already labeled this story an unauthorized leak.

This comes less than 10 days after a report–which both sides dispute–of planned (or potentially started) bilateral discussions between Iran and the US. (Not to mention the stories that Bibi tried to provoke an Iranian attack at some censored time in 2010.)

The warning shots over disputed territory is, of course, a non-story that CNN’s unauthorized leakers are trying to turn into one.

And that, it seems, is the desperation with which some people are trying to prevent peace from breaking out.

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bmaz @ScottGreenfield @AC360 @JeffreyToobin By the way, since knife argument has been filleted open as bunk now, can we talk about GJ argument?
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bmaz @ScottGreenfield Crikey what did I do now? Assuming you mean the @AC360 @JeffreyToobin tweets? It's my windmill and I'll tilt at if I wanna!
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JimWhiteGNV RT @ggreenwald: Dear pro-NSA liberals: one of your only champions left in Congress is Mitch McConnell. Congrats http://t.co/nl16YUjzU8
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emptywheel @KevinBankston (In other words, I would call it willful refusal to review public history of phone dragnet and 215, but that is your choice).
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emptywheel @KevinBankston Only bc you believe the many things IC has been telling us since 2009 that they can't do don't exist.
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emptywheel @KevinBankston It says he thinks extension (not reauth) most likely. And we KNOW that IC gets far more out of reform than straight reauth.
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bmaz @AZCardinals @ERIC_WATSON @RealPeterson21 @EAMaddenNFL Uhhh, why would you want that?? It is a curse!
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bmaz @walterwkatz Will be lot easier for defense if they can shift venue to a nice white suburb, which they are already trying to lay ground for
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bmaz @walterwkatz I think prosecution will be fine, tho may lose a few counts along the way. We'll see; too early now.
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bmaz @walterwkatz Quite true. I checked into background of the two prosecution team leaders, Janice Bledsoe+Michael Schatzow, and they are superb
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bmaz @walterwkatz @AP Had forcefully taken him down, subdued him on ground for while, handcuffed him, then sat him up and then checked his pocket
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