Website Accused of Trying to Out Agent
Did Gawker go too far?
- Duration 4:13
- Date Jul 29, 2011
Did Gawker go too far?
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CIA agents do their jobs without the expectation a big paychecks -- more recognition they don't want the spotlight.
So it's not exactly helpful when your job is all about top secret observations but the web site called -- Now trying to expose one particular agent -- agent al-Qaeda would love to find and probably kill.
The one who track down Osama bin Laden.
Michael sure -- is the former chief of the CIA bin Laden unit and the author of Osama bin Laden joins us from DC Mauritania.
And -- -- okay so the back story is the Associated Press after the bin Laden killed did a story.
This particular unit and they they identified that perhaps the guy who is behind it was in this White House photograph.
And then go walker.
Lousy web site out there but did the math figured out of that's the guy and then outed a CIA agent.
Well it's eight you know it's it's typical of most of the American Media Steve that there are very anti agency the idea that the agency was at that -- of killing bin Laden probably -- held in a lot of their throats.
And now we see people like gawker and -- It's just an amazing situation in America where people are rewarded for in essence aiding and abetting the enemy.
Well the problem for this person and where you can identify who is in that picture we've all seen that picture we have no idea who most people are.
But He is.
Well being is now apparel I would imagine I mean if there were an al-Qaeda operative who.
Learn where the guy lived He could be in trouble.
I think it's very dangerous to expose anybody who was involved with.
-- killing Osama bin Laden bin Laden was a beloved figure in that in the community have islamists.
And certainly exacting revenge for bin Laden against the person who was involved in his killing sure would it would be a huge feather in someone's cap.
Absolutely no let's go back a couple years Michael during the George Bush Administration -- Valerie Plame was inadvertently.
As a CIA operative there is and investigation there was a lot of trouble for people why no outrage here same thing happened didn't it.
I think I think it's much worse -- -- probably didn't have a lot of enemies around the world that we're gonna come looking for them but his fellow responsible for Osama bin Laden's death.
Or -- in part for it is certainly.
In -- at risk -- Secretary Gates said about the identities of the seals there.
Absolutely so why would that so website -- -- do this.
And as I said I think most of the media is anti agency and and they think it's fun to put people at risk.
They don't like some of the things the agency does.
For example you know that with the Pulitzer Prize for treason if I remember correctly went to.
The woman at -- Washington Post to expose the agency's black sites during the rendition program.
So that the media and the media establishment rewards this kind of conduct.
-- and ultimately from what I understand Michael is they published.
The picture the guy and identify the that's a guy right there.
It was completely on unsubstantiated that didn't have anybody who said yeah and that's the guy they just said okay according what we've figured out that's him.
Yeah as the Steve -- the average high school yearbook staff has more integrity and common sense than gawker or -- they might have put an entirely mistaken personality and someone's bulls -- It's an extraordinarily -- extraordinarily reckless.
Unprofessional thing to do it certainly is and ultimately is it news in your estimation.
The nose was -- laden was killed officers in the military in the agency responsible for that should have been congratulated end of story.
No one needs to know anybody who was involved in that operation -- absolutely it's -- crazy thing.
You're responsible thing to do on the part of Crocker are right Michael Sawyer joining us today from BC thank you sir have a great weekend you too sir thank you aren't --