If UndieBomb 2.0 Is One of the Worst Leaks of Holder’s Career, Why Is John Brennan CIA Director?

In a press conference today, Eric Holder didn’t let recusal from the UndieBomb 2.0 leak investigation stop him from commenting on it. Among other things, he claimed this one of the most serious leaks he has seen since he started as a prosecutor in 1976.

This was a very serious leak. A very, very serious leak. I’ve been a prosecutor since 1976, and I have to say that this is among, if not the most serious, it is within the top two or three most serious leaks I’ve ever seen. It put the American people at risk. And that is not hyperbole. It put the American people at risk.

But here’s the thing. According to his own sworn testimony, John Brennan had a key role in providing hints that led to the actually damaging parts of the leak.

I said there was never a threat to the American public as we had said so publicly, because we had inside control of the plot and the device was never a threat to the American public.

[snip]

I — I — what I’m saying is that we were explaining to the American public why that IED was not in fact a threat at the time that it was in the control of individuals. When — when we say positive control, inside control, that means that we (inaudible) that operation either environmentally or any number of ways. It did not in any way reveal any type of classified information. And I told those individuals and there are, you know, transcripts that are available of that conversation, “I cannot talk to you about the operational details of this whatsoever.”

Sure, Brennan claims this didn’t amount to sharing classified information. But he could have just said the plot was actually rolled up on April 22. Instead, he let slip that we (actually, the British and Saudis) had inside control, which led Richard Clarke to figure out what had happened.

Even if DOJ doesn’t consider Brennan a subject or target of this investigation (which is itself noteworthy), his part in the leak still shows really poor judgment and information security.

So if this leak was so damaging, why did a guy who had a central part in it get promoted?

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+0Email to someone

7 Responses to If UndieBomb 2.0 Is One of the Worst Leaks of Holder’s Career, Why Is John Brennan CIA Director?

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
Emptywheel Twitterverse
bmaz @WerlySportsLaw Absolutely agree. Though want it by natural pressure, not federal govt insertion into the issue in face of 1st Amendment
5mreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @VanessaBeeley: Rinse and repeat: 82 new US-trained Syrians prepare for fighting — RT Op-Edge https://t.co/bLREm1zfv4 @snarwani @navsteva
5mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @Prof_Holland @TAMULawSchool Yes, now send them to represent some indigent defendants, whether at trial or appellate level...or both!
7mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @WerlySportsLaw So, change the name and waive RGIII? Frankly, think Snyder too bullheaded and stupid to do either one.
8mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz This is most common when county attys overcharge+overreach with sex crime defendants b/c they can. Usually cravenly works, sometimes not.
14mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @WALLACHLEGAL Agreed! All good anyway, and many would not know Clune's longer history (I may be getting old...).
17mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz The Labrie/NH sex asslttrial produced a weird but not uncommon inconsistent verdict. Will be interesting to see how state ct judge sentences
19mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @WALLACHLEGAL And really, I have long known him from that and §1983 cases. It was a smaller group of us who did that at one time.
21mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @WALLACHLEGAL Hey, where did that other tweet go?!?! Anyway, just carping b/c Clune has done some great crim defense trial work
23mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @WALLACHLEGAL @RachelAxon Jeez, went through this yesterday - Clune far more than a Title IX+Winston accuser atty. Long time great litigator
36mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz Texas, boy I don't know https://t.co/hqmv8s6XTk
50mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @TimothyS Whatever the answer is it must be something extraordinary bc terrorterrorterror even if it makes more terrorterrorterror.
1hreplyretweetfavorite