As Mitt Heads to Sheldon Adelson’s Country, CIA Exposes Israel’s Treachery

After visiting his bankster donors in London, Mitt is on his way to visit megadonor Sheldon Adelson’s other country, Israel. Perhaps in a bid to butter up Adelson, Mitt’s staffers put up an Israeli flag on the plane before they remembered he’s running to be President of the United States.

And just as Mitt prepares to suck up to Israel, leak witch hunt targets Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman have a piece cataloging how much Israel spies on us. They describe:

  • Someone tampering with the CIA station chief’s secure phone on at least two occasions
  • Someone rearranging the food in a CIA officer’s fridge
  • Leaking details from a key Syrian chem and bioweapons scientist working for the US, which led to his disappearance and presumed death

It also reveals that after it gave up its nuke program, the CIA considered Libya a better counter-terrorism partner than Israel.

During the Bush administration, the CIA ranked some of the world’s intelligence agencies in order of their willingness to help in the U.S.-led fight against terrorism. One former U.S. intelligence official who saw the completed list said Israel, which hadn’t been directly targeted in attacks by al-Qaida, fell below Libya, which recently had agreed to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

Now, it’s not just Mitt who sucks up to the Israelis. Goldman and Apuzzo note the US has given Israel $60 billion since we nabbed Jonathan Pollard and Obama just released an additional $70 million of military aid.

But as Mitt tries to appear less obtuse in Israel than he did in UK, remember that the Israelis are probably stealing our secrets even as he unfurls their flag.

16 replies
  1. Bob Schacht says:

    There are two tails that wag the American dog: one is the Israel lobby, and the other is the NRA. Aren’t you happy to know that we’re in safe hands?

    Bob in AZ
    PS I forgot to mention the Military Industrial Complex. However, there appears to be some overlap with the two tails named above.

  2. USS Liberty says:

    USS Liberty incident

    The USS Liberty incident was an attack on a United States Navy technical research ship, USS Liberty, by Israeli Air Force jet fighter aircraft and Israeli Navy torpedo boats, on June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War. The combined air and sea attack killed 34 crew members (naval officers, seamen, two Marines, and one civilian), wounded 170 crew members, and severely damaged the ship. At the time, the ship was in international waters north of the Sinai Peninsula, about 25.5 nmi (29.3 mi; 47.2 km) northwest from the Egyptian city of Arish.

    Both the Israeli and US governments conducted inquiries and issued reports that concluded the attack was a mistake due to Israeli confusion about the identity of the USS Liberty, though others, including many of the ship’s survivors that could be located four decades later, have rejected these conclusions and maintain that the attack was deliberate.

    In May 1968, the Israeli government paid US$3,323,500 (US$22.2 million in 2012) as full payment to the families of the 34 men killed in the attack. In March 1969, Israel paid a further $3,566,457 in compensation to the men who had been wounded. On 18 December 1980, it agreed to pay $6 million as settlement for the final US bill of $17,132,709 for material damage to the Liberty itself plus 13 years’ interest.

  3. bmaz says:

    @USS Liberty: Hi there. I posted your comment because, well, it is not objectionable. I am curious what point you are seeking to make. In the future, if you want to post here, please delineate some context and argument.

  4. P J Evans says:

    I’m wondering if Liberty was listening in on the Israelis, and they really didn’t want it around right then, due to various illegal actions they were taking.

  5. P J Evans says:

    Of course it is. They want our money, and even more our equipment. Our support (tacit or not) is assumed, regardless of their actual behavior. And there are people in Congress who will fill that role for them with no embarrassing questions asked.

  6. prostratedragon says:

    Uh …

    Mitt Romney Campaign Scraps $50,000 Per Plate Jerusalem Fundraiser On A Jewish Fasting Day

    The fundraiser, which was supposed to be a “a small meeting, but a big fund-raiser,” according to a source quoted in the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, was set to take place on July 29, amid the Romney campaign’s first foreign policy tour.

    But July 29 is also Tisha B’Av, a Jewish day of fasting in some traditions of the religion, in which catastrophic events like the destruction of the First and Second Temples and the Holocaust are mourned.

    From an outsider’s perspective, all awe looks much the same. Young Willard has had me in the following vicinity for the last week. Now, I think I’m there:

    One of History’s Great Throes, by G.L. Bernini

    (What’s that kid on the left up to?)

  7. prostratedragon says:

    But wait, there’s more!

    Jonny Daniels, a leading Republican political strategist in Israel, told The Huffington Post that the campaign had been aware of the date of the holiday when it scheduled the fundraiser. The campaign thought it could hold the event in a way that would not offend, he said, but was taken by surprise at the ferocity of the public outcry over the timing.

    “It wasn’t really a gaffe,” Daniels said. “They knew what the day was, but they were looking for the correct time and circumstance to do it.”

  8. Garrett says:

    Spies playing status games in the newspaper.

    It’s kind of like them jiggling the food in our fridge.

  9. P J Evans says:


    “It wasn’t really a gaffe,” Daniels said. “They knew what the day was, but they were looking for the correct time and circumstance to do it.”

    They might have known it was a holy day, but they completely missed the meaning of the day.
    I’m getting the impression that Mitt’s campaign is absolutely tone-deaf, as well as being completely centered on American exceptionalism.

  10. P J Evans says:

    Funny thing, but there’s a report this weekend from one of the Israeli papers that we’ve given them a plan for attacking Iran. I hope no one in this administration is that stupid, but I’m sure there are people who would cheerfully plant stories to imply that. (And there are people in Congress who would buy them hook, line, and sinker.)

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