IS IT ALL MOVING A LITTLE TOO FAST FOR OUR PRESIDENT AND HIS CURRENT CAST OF ADVISORS ? — WHITE HOUSE ON ITS BACK FOOT WHEN IT COMES TO CIA’S ROLE IN THE GERMAN SPY SCANDAL — OBAMA HASN’T EVEN VOTED ‘PRESENT’ YET ON THIS GROWING CRISIS
CIA DIRECTOR ASKS TO TELL KEY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
Does everybody get the feeling that sometime soon, or not so soon, President Obama is going to come out in front of a bank of microphones and say, "I learned about this CIA-German Spy thing the same time everybody else did when I read about it in the newspaper." So far, the Obama Administration isn’t even admitting that there is a problem, but Germany is already taking counter-measures. Meanwhile, the CIA maintains its public silence over the alleged recruitment of a German intelligence official, but John Brennan has asked for a meeting to whisper some sweet nothings into a few congressmen's ears.
According to a detailed report in The Guardian, “The White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, said he could not comment on the arrest of a suspected US spy because it did not want to interfere in ‘a pending German law enforcement investigation” and because “it obviously goes to, purportedly, a direct intelligence matter as relates to the United States.’ *** But Earnest appeared to acknowledge that the suspicion alone may have already caused damage to its relationship with Berlin and sought to reassure its ally about the longer term relationship between the two countries. *** ‘The relationship the US has with Germany is incredibly important,” said Earnest, insisting it was a partnership “built on respect” and “decades of cooperation and shared values.... All those things are high priorities not just of this administration but of this country, so we are going to work with the Germans to resolve this situation appropriately,’ he said during the White House's daily briefing with reporters.... (See “White House on the back foot over CIA role in German spying scandal” by Dan Roberts, Spencer Ackerman and Philip Oltermann, 7/7/14, The Guardian [http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/07/white-house-response-german-spying-scandal]).
Two U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity with Reuters, told that news agency the CIA was involved in the alleged recruitment of a German official, a 31-year-old employee of that country’s intelligence agency, the BND. That German official was arrested in Germany on Wednesday on suspicion of having sold secret documents to a contact at the CIA (See “Exclusive: CIA had role in Germany spy affair” by Mark Hosenball, 7/7/14, Reuters/ Washington [http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/07/us-germany-usa-spying-cia-idUSKBN0FC21920140707]).
According to the Reuters report, “The Central Intelligence Agency was involved in a spying operation against Germany that led to the alleged recruitment of a German intelligence official and has prompted renewed outrage in Berlin, two U.S. officials familiar with the matter said on Monday. *** CIA Director John Brennan has asked to brief key members of the U.S. Congress on the matter, which threatens a new rupture between Washington and a close European ally, one of the officials said. *** It was unclear if and when Brennan's briefing to U.S. lawmakers would take place. The CIA declined any comment on the matter.”
Things are pretty bad when you get more foreign policy pronouncements from the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who is shilling her own book, than you do from whole rest of the Obama Administration that she left behind.