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Brad Thor: Absurdity Heard ‘Round the World

Posted By Elise Cooper On May 13, 2010 @ 4:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments


Brad Thor, a political thriller writer, has been living more in a fictional world than a realistic one. He reported on May 10th that Taliban leader Mullah Omar was taken into custody by the Pakistanis. He went on to make ridiculous claims that both the CIA and the State Department had no knowledge of the terrorist’s capture. “So why didn’t the State Department and the CIA know?” he asked rhetorically.

All CIA sources interviewed about Thor’s claims said they are untrue. Some even went so far as to call them “absurd.”

In claiming that Omar had been captured, Thor proved he is more than willing to release (fictitious, yet sensitive) information, which could have a detrimental effect on national security.

The fact is Thor’s reporting was without merit, which didn’t come as a complete surprise considering the fact that he had written articles earlier that also made outrageous claims that were proved to be completely and utterly unfounded.

With his claims he has created an international incident. India reported it in their major newspaper, and Pakistan had to deny it. Some advice for Mr. Thor: if you are pretending to be a journalist, at least check your sources. After interviewing one of them NewsReal Blog quickly concluded he was highly unreliable. He could not explain where his story came from or how he gained that information while major agencies of the U.S. Government supposedly did not know for months. It’s journalism 101: ask your (wannabe) source questions to find out whether he’s speaking the truth or not.

Ironically, Thor has actually criticized various other news outlets for going public with classified information. He stated back then:

“I have a little piece of advice for Ms. Starr and other journalists like her: just because someone leaks, excuse me, “provides” classified information to your “news” organization, it doesn’t mean you should go public with it, especially if the information will endanger the lives of Americans.”

Perhaps it would be a good idea for Thor to heed to his own advice, don’t you think?

By the way, what makes Thor’s irresponsible behavior even worse is that he could have harmed national security tremendously if the claims were actually true. After all, it could have been that the U.S. and Pakistani governments kept Mullah Omar’s captivity a secret because he gave them actionable intelligence during interrogations. Remember when Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) told the Associated Press that US intelligence intercepted communications from bin Laden’s cell phone? What happened after that was bin Laden no longer used mobile phones and useful intelligence was lost. The point is that leaking accurate classified information can endanger American lives.

As a former operative angrily noted:

“I figure some of the stuff coming out is speculative. Some bogus information might be intentionally floated out there just to confuse people. This was irresponsible reporting that, if true, would affect our national security.”


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