According to a report from the Washington Times today, there are concerns within the intelligence community that the Obama administration disclosed too many details about purported Middle East terror threats and some of America’s sources and intel-gathering methods may now be compromised. If this is the case, the Times notes, it may be more difficult to detect future threats:
Intelligence officials are dismayed that the administration provided so much detail on what prompted the [embassy] closings, and that the disclosures could work against obtaining new information. Militants are now likely searching for the sources of the information to both the U.S. and Yemeni officials, and almost certainly will kill anyone they suspect of working with Western intelligence.“There simply are not that many who would know about the attacks,” says one former high-ranking U.S. intelligence officer, “so it won’t be hard for al Qaeda leaders to pin-point the sources of information. Once that happens, they certainly won’t be working with us anymore.”Other sources are also likely to reconsider their relationship with the United States over the disclosures. “These guys know their lives are in danger. As soon as the U.S. shows we can’t be trusted, they will go under ground and we won’t hear from them again,” says a current intelligence officer. [...]
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