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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emptywheel @Susan_Hennessey & we move stuff like clearance under NSA. We'll keep moving stuff there. @RosenzweigP @flyryan @ncweaver @henryfarrell
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emptywheel @Susan_Hennessey Which everyone agrees it isn't doing adequately. @RosenzweigP @flyryan @ncweaver @henryfarrell
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emptywheel @RosenzweigP Not exactly. Rather pointed out NSA reorg in part attempt to avoid fixing DHS @Susan_Hennessey @flyryan @ncweaver @henryfarrell
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emptywheel @Susan_Hennessey Why do we believe leaving DHS un-dis-orged, instead re-orging NSA won't create same probs? @flyryan @ncweaver @henryfarrell
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bmaz Rosemary Collyer https://t.co/wyqVnSPY4o
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emptywheel @Susan_Hennessey This is DOD, which has never been able to pass an audit, we're discussing? @flyryan @ncweaver @henryfarrell
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emptywheel @Susan_Hennessey One reason why NSA's use of term "enhance cybersecurity" so dishonest in its announcement @flyryan @ncweaver @henryfarrell
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emptywheel @Susan_Hennessey Or perhaps better stated: why not re-reorg DHS, incl IAD, so that it actually works? @flyryan @ncweaver @henryfarrell
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emptywheel @Susan_Hennessey Everyone loves reorgs. But in private sector when they fail can declare BK & start over. @flyryan @ncweaver @henryfarrell
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bmaz @ThePlumLineGS @rickhasen @danieljpayne Yes, sadly, this is exactly right. There are very legitimate 1A concerns.
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emptywheel @theurbansherpa Didn't know that was the single thing delaying neurosurgery I don't THINK you need....
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emptywheel @flyryan Also gotta say this, w/stuff that happened w/CISA at end, does not inspire confidence. @Susan_Hennessey @ncweaver @henryfarrell
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