US officials leak claims of credit for Stuxnet in partnership with Israel

posted at 12:01 pm on June 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The US and Israel partnered on the Stuxnet worm years ago in a top-secret attempt to slow down the Iranian development of nuclear weapons, according to current and former US officials.  After a New York Times report this morning exposed the partnership, the Washington Post got confirmation from its sources.  Interestingly, both newspapers emphasize Barack Obama’s role in the cyberattack strategy, while pushing the fact that George Bush actually ordered the program into existence to lower paragraphs.  Here’s the New York Times:

From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.

Mr. Obama decided to accelerate the attacks — begun in the Bush administration and code-named Olympic Games — even after an element of the program accidentally became public in the summer of 2010 because of a programming error that allowed it to escape Iran’s Natanz plant and sent it around the world on the Internet. Computer security experts who began studying the worm, which had been developed by the United States and Israel, gave it a name: Stuxnet.

At a tense meeting in the White House Situation Room within days of the worm’s “escape,” Mr. Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time, Leon E. Panetta, considered whether America’s most ambitious attempt to slow the progress of Iran’s nuclear efforts had been fatally compromised.

“Should we shut this thing down?” Mr. Obama asked, according to members of the president’s national security team who were in the room.

Told it was unclear how much the Iranians knew about the code, and offered evidence that it was still causing havoc, Mr. Obama decided that the cyberattacks should proceed. In the following weeks, the Natanz plant was hit by a newer version of the computer worm, and then another after that. The last of that series of attacks, a few weeks after Stuxnet was detected around the world, temporarily took out nearly 1,000 of the 5,000 centrifuges Iran had spinning at the time to purify uranium.

The Post waits until the third paragraph:

A damaging cyberattack against Iran’s nuclear program was the work of U.S. and Israeli experts and proceeded under the secret orders of President Obama, who was eager to slow that nation’s apparent progress toward building an atomic bomb without launching a traditional military attack, say current and former U.S. officials.

The origins of the cyberweapon, which outside analysts dubbed Stuxnet after it was discovered in 2010, have long been debated, with most experts concluding that the United States and Israel likely collaborated on the effort. The current and former U.S. officials confirmed that long-standing suspicion Friday, after a New York Times report on the program.

The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe the classified effort they code named Olympic Games, said that it was first developed during the administration of George W. Bush and was geared toward damaging Iran’s nuclear capability gradually while sowing confusion among Iranian scientists about the cause of mishaps.

This sounds a lot like the plan for Iraq, doesn’t it?  George Bush signed the status-of-forces agreement with Maliki while Obama promised to accelerate our transition to within 16 months.  Once Obama got into office, he simply defaulted to Bush’s plan while taking credit for “ending the war,” which he does to this day.  In this case, the New York Times and Washington Post give Obama lead credit for an operation that Bush put in place, seemingly just because Obama didn’t bail out of it when something went wrong.  That was a good decision by Obama, but shouldn’t the lead have mentioned the President who actually launched the operation, rather than the one who didn’t end it after it was already in process?

Most of us assumed Israel was involved, and that would have meant the US probably had some participation.  I’m not sure how wise it is to take public ownership of the program at this point, although ambiguity would hardly keep Iran from retaliating against either country.  This looks like a leak from the White House intending to give Obama some cover on the ongoing failure to deal effectively with the Iranian nuclear-weapon program.


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This smacks of Jimmy Carter’s “leak” about the stealth aircraft programs just prior to the 1980 election.

Purple Fury on June 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM

And once more, Barack Obama takes credit for something others did.

RebeccaH on June 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM

And if it hadn’t worked…”Bush responsible for world’s demise”, but any mention of Obowmao’s involvement in a correction two days later on page 35.

Laura in Maryland on June 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Our super duper war hero preezy is on the case!!! Thank God he’s in charge\

NJ Red on June 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Purple Fury on June 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM

And Mr. Peanut spilled the beans about the number of nukes Israel has. One thing is for sure; SCOAMF in retirement will be even worse than Jimmuh.

Rixon on June 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM

No media bias here folks. Nothing to see…move along.

Laura in Maryland on June 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM

OT/ Happy Birthday…Flora Duh..!!!
(spankie later!)

KOOLAID2 on June 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Any other secret programs the White House will leak to prop up Obama’s poll numbers?

Revolting. .

Barry already sold out his mother, so he can’t do that again. Maybe he’ll take the Green Line to SE and pimp out Michelle to make a few campaign bucks next.

NoDonkey on June 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Wait until you see the photo of Obama in front of a computer, writing code, with a halo around his head…

right2bright on June 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I don’t like the subversive, near seditious, tone of this blog post.

It is always worth compromising national security to get O re-elected.

More leaks that make O look awesome please, State Dept.

CorporatePiggy on June 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Is there anything these azzholes won’t leak, trying to take credit for? Is there anything that falls into the “National Security” category, any more?

De Oppresso Liber on June 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Dear Leader bestows all that is good.

All that is bad is due to the evil Bush/Channey/Halliburton.

Deafdog on June 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

And Mr. Peanut spilled the beans about the number of nukes Israel has. One thing is for sure; SCOAMF in retirement will be even worse than Jimmuh.

Rixon on June 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM

It is nothing a pair of handcuffs followed by a needle cannot cure. Right now, birtherism may seem an annoying distraction but once the jug-eared turd is peeled out his chair in November, there will be little incentive not to fast track the investigation.

Archivarix on June 1, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Wait until you see the photo of Obama in front of a computer, writing code, with a halo around his head…

right2bright on June 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

and as he completes the code, he dashes off, jumps in a chopper, and propels down a rope to kill Bin Laden.

Deafdog on June 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Does this mean we are truly at war with Iran? Wouldn’t the DoD view this an act of war if it happened to us?

I want Iran to be stopped in regards to nukes but I guess I’m a little disconcerted that we may have just declared war on Iran (without the approval of Congress).

ChipDaddy on June 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

This really stinks. I guess Obama will disclose more of our “secret” operations before the election is over. When is he inviting SEAL Team 6 to the White for a photo shoot?

SC.Charlie on June 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Interestingly, both newspapers emphasize Barack Obama’s role in the cyberattack strategy, while pushing the fact that George Bush actually ordered the program into existence to lower paragraphs. Here’s the New York Times:

They eat Obama’s caca and mistake it for Beluga caviar.

Schadenfreude on June 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Obama will have more flexibility to reveal our intelligence capabilities and methods after the election.

Treason.

WhatNot on June 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

You can expect 0bama to release the aliens from Area 51 soon, in exchange for their endorsement and campaign contributions.

And after that, he’ll reveal the location of Jimmy Hoffa, and resurrect him as a zombie, in exchange for his endorsement and campaign contributions.

Just prior to the election will be the release of Elvis and JFK from the secret moon base, in exchange for endorsement and campaign contributions.

But his college transcripts will remain super-ultra-cozmic-top-secret for national security purposes, of course.

ZenDraken on June 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

More make believe from the NYT

Conservative4ev on June 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

All about the O

cmsinaz on June 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I guess all secrets will be revealed if it helps Obama

gerrym51 on June 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

This looks like a leak from the White House intending to give Obama some cover on the ongoing failure to deal effectively with the Iranian nuclear-weapon program.

What country is ever going to want to work with the US on anything covert when a lefty narcissist president can undo all that work for his own aggrandizement?

cozmo on June 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Does this mean we are truly at war with Iran?

We have always been at war with Iran.

NoDonkey on June 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Most of us assumed Israel was involved, and that would have meant the US probably had some participation.

Indeed…but, don’t forget, Obama knows, by reading, more about Israel than all the other presidents combined.

Heh, Bill Clinton, who prays for Obama’s loss, said that he’ll win by a landslide, while lauding Romney’s business savvy.

Schadenfreude on June 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

And once more, Barack Obama takes credit for something others did.

RebeccaH on June 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM

He has no choice. He hasn’t done anything, himself, for which it is worth taking credit.

The Rogue Tomato on June 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

“Stuxnet? Well, I’m aware that Stuckey’s is a chain of truck stops. I never knew they called it Stuxnet. Huh.” – Barack Hussein Obama

AubieJon on June 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Wait until you see the photo of Obama in front of a computer, writing code, with a halo around his head…

right2bright on June 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Like this?

aquaviva on June 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

There was a time when leaking Top Secret intelligence and defense methods to the New York Times would land someone with a security clearance in Leavenworth. This POS called prez would not have passed a background check for a security clearance under normal circumstances and this country will pay for his access to secret information for years to come.

kenny on June 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

This really stinks. I guess Obama will disclose more of our “secret” operations before the election is over. When is he inviting SEAL Team 6 to the White for a photo shoot?

SC.Charlie on June 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

No need for a WH photo op.

He’ll do that one on the Red Carpet in Hollywood at the premier of his fawning media movie -

“President Gutsy” in October.

Surprise !

FlaMurph on June 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Can’t anyone in this administration keep their mouth shut? Other than on Fast and Furious, I mean.

a capella on June 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Wait until you see the photo of Obama in front of a computer, writing code, with a halo around his head…

right2bright on June 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

133t (r4x0r !ñ c#!Σf

Lost in Jersey on June 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

although ambiguity would hardly keep Iran from retaliating against either country.

true, iran will retaliate regardless if any ‘fesses up. however on the world stage being able to deny is important. taking credit means that when iran does retaliate some countries that might take our side will now say “you had it coming”

chasdal on June 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

You can expect 0bama to release the aliens from Area 51 soon, in exchange for their endorsement and campaign contributions.

And after that, he’ll reveal the location of Jimmy Hoffa, and resurrect him as a zombie, in exchange for his endorsement and campaign contributions.

Just prior to the election will be the release of Elvis and JFK from the secret moon base, in exchange for endorsement and campaign contributions.

But his college transcripts will remain super-ultra-cozmic-top-secret for national security purposes, of course.

ZenDraken on June 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

They prefer to be called Extraterrestrial-Americans and Undead-Americans you raaaaaacist knuck-dragging wingnut! And you better not ask for their IDs at the polls.

\\\ ;)

Laura in Maryland on June 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

There is a serious problem with leaks coming from this administration. It almost as if children are running things there, and they’re trying to create some positive buzz for the boss in the wake of terrible economic performance and at the sake of America’s intelligence community.

But that couldn’t be. Could it?

BKeyser on June 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Meanwhile, a doctor languishes in Pakistani prison for treason.

John the Libertarian on June 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Sorry Zen s/b knuckle-dragging. Me no spell so gud.

Laura in Maryland on June 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

iran will retaliate

They can try, but we don’t use pirated software like Iran and the U.S. government did away with flash memory sticks years ago. You can’t even use the USB drives on government computers or load CDs. Not to mention the U.S. uses Host Based Security Systems.

Iran was penetrated because they are silly and ignorant.

NoDonkey on June 1, 2012 at 12:21 PM

cozmo on June 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

your boy leppert did okay considering his exposure was limited to our area. decided who your picking in the runoff?

chasdal on June 1, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Can’t anyone in this administration keep their mouth shut? Other than on Fast and Furious, I mean.

a capella on June 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

THIS.

#WTF/

4Grace on June 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Once again, the leader of the Choom Gang intercepts something meant for someone else.
Funny. Anything bad was left over from Bush. Anything good… Bush.. who’s Bush?

Sugar Land on June 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

NoDonkey on June 1, 2012 at 12:21 PM

oh that wont retaliate w/ a software attack, it will be an armed attack. somethign in iran or afghanistan. maybe use there hezbollah surrogates to bomb US citizens in europe. something nasty and w/ enough distance to make it hard for us to hit back w/ the fury we should.

chasdal on June 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

You can expect 0bama to release the aliens from Area 51 soon, in exchange for their endorsement and campaign contributions.

And after that, he’ll reveal the location of Jimmy Hoffa, and resurrect him as a zombie, in exchange for his endorsement and campaign contributions.

Just prior to the election will be the release of Elvis and JFK from the secret moon base, in exchange for endorsement and campaign contributions.

But his college transcripts will remain super-ultra-cozmic-top-secret for national security purposes, of course.

ZenDraken on June 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

So clearly, what we need to do is give him the impression that releasing his college transcripts will net him endorsements and campaign contributions …

Libraritarian on June 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Any other secret programs the White House will leak to prop up Obama’s poll numbers?

Revolting………..

NoDonkey on June 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM

If they perceive some political advantage to doing so, clearly, yes. National security and continued effectiveness of the program be damned, if it “helps” 0.

The leaks and compromises of intelligence operations coming out of this circus is beyond ridiculous. Trumpeting OBL’s death before the captured intelligence could be analyzed, much less acted on; spilling the beans on Azerbaijan’s offered cooperation with the Israelis; leaking and effectively giving up the identity of the British spy in Yemen that came up with the new and improved underwear bomb (and potentially signing his death warrant; the list goes on.

These people are not just incompetent, they are very, very dangerous. And they have destroyed any further cooperation we might have had with other nations, we are now untrustworthy.

iurockhead on June 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

what fool made this public? Oh wait I can guess. The Fool In Chief.

pat on June 1, 2012 at 12:26 PM

NYT?…is that syphilIS still considered a newspaper?

KOOLAID2 on June 1, 2012 at 12:27 PM

So clearly, what we need to do is give him the impression that releasing his college transcripts will net him endorsements and campaign contributions …

Libraritarian on June 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Barry’s high grades in Advanced Sock Sorting will undoubtedly win the day.

NoDonkey on June 1, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Barack Obama is now a computer genius and we never knew it. It won’t surprise me when the next bit of news that comes out confirms that Obama, not Al Gore invented the internet.

Quick, go and check the level of the oceans, as it is probable that they have begun to subside.

stefano1 on June 1, 2012 at 12:31 PM

In this case, the New York Times and Washington Post give Obama lead credit for an operation that Bush put in place, seemingly just because Obama didn’t bail out of it when something went wrong.

Which is pretty much a rehash of the bin Laden raid: Obama merely did not stop an operation that was already going.

ss396 on June 1, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Sorry Zen s/b knuckle-dragging. Me no spell so gud.

Laura in Maryland on June 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

…JugEars will bust him out before the election…soon as he has finished learning to fly the helicopter.

KOOLAID2 on June 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

your boy leppert did okay considering his exposure was limited to our area. decided who your picking in the runoff?

chasdal on June 1, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Leppert wasn’t my choice.

I’m stickin’ with Cruz.

Though, I did have a soft spot for the savior of Lubbock.

It would have been fun to see their reaction if he had gotten a spot in the run off. The guy who claimed to be the most outside the establishment endorsed the one that is most on the inside.

cozmo on June 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Meanwhile, a doctor languishes in Pakistani prison for treason.

John the Libertarian on June 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

^^^^^…always preview!…JugEars will bust him out before the election…soon as he has finished learning to fly the helicopter.

KOOLAID2 on June 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

KOOLAID2 on June 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

This leak gives the Iranian regime domestic cover

J_Crater on June 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Flora duh
happy birthday ……….o/t by the way……

angrymike on June 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Wait! You forgot the most important part! Barry PERSONALLY wrote the computer code while stimulating the economy and creating jobs! The Man is INCREDIBLE! Truly a HISTORIC leader!

GarandFan on June 1, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Pathetic. B. Hussein is really not fit to be Commander in Chief. And his minions are just as feckless. Romney will need to clean house and fumigate in a few months.

starboardhelm on June 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Oblaimer most likely leaked the existense of the cyber attack, or it was revealed because he ordered it “accelerated” in such way that it became discoverable. Iran is a small country, which only needed acts of good will in order to come to the diplomatic table.

anikol on June 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM


This obama administration is outdoing even the biggest nosy gossiping person in regards to keeping secrets.

Message to israel: ne t time you have a secret, just publish it yourself

huntingmoose on June 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Scooter Libby sat in jail for two years, supposedly for that stooopid Plame name and incoorperation.

Nobody will be taking the blame for this.

Sir Napsalot on June 1, 2012 at 12:59 PM

soon as he has finished learning to fly the helicopter.

KOOLAID2 on June 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Remember that multi million dollar heli ST6 had to blow up? Oblaimer insisted he already knows how to fly one.

anikol on June 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

President George W. Bush does not care too much if Narcissist-in-Chief President 0bama takes the credit — just so long as the job got done and gets done.

America before self — President Bush rolls like that.

FlatFoot on June 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Great…just paint a big fat target on our a$$es, shall we? Good luck, Israel, you’re not gonna win with these clowns in charge.

sage0925 on June 1, 2012 at 1:01 PM

What bothers me the most is the glaring papering over of a rather significant fact…

Did the Stuxnet worm get released “Into the wild” from the targeted system because it was used before it was ready? Why speed up deployment if it increased the chance that it would get out?

Using Cyber-warfare is acceptable tactic but the main component for it is Plausible Deniability. Why in the name of God/Buddha/Allah would you give up either?

Cripes who’s running the Intel services these days…Maxwell Smart?

BlaxPac on June 1, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Can anyone in this regime keep their mouth shut?

Kissmygrits on June 1, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Honestly, did anyone explain to this guy what a “Top Secret” clearance means?

As in, you aren’t allowed to go blabbing stuff like this?

This kind of thing would put most people in a Federal pokey for a long time AND a loss of clearance, with no hope of EVER being able to get a government job again….

TeresainFortWorth on June 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

“Thank you Mister President!”

Uhhh, that would be President Bush 43…

Khun Joe on June 1, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Can anyone in this administration keep their mouths shut?

WhoU4 on June 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Kissmygrits on June 1, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Sorry… :( Didn’t see your post until after I hit enter.

WhoU4 on June 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Anyone that leaks Top Secret information to the New York times is liable to leak Top Secret information to our enemies.

RADIOONE on June 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

iran will retaliate

They can try, but we don’t use pirated software like Iran and the U.S. government did away with flash memory sticks years ago. You can’t even use the USB drives on government computers or load CDs. Not to mention the U.S. uses Host Based Security Systems.

Iran was penetrated because they are silly and ignorant.

NoDonkey on June 1, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Breanna Manning is laughing at you.

bofh on June 1, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Israel is pissed about this, but they probably won’t express this publicly.

Wigglesworth on June 1, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Obama ordered cyber-attacks on Iran’s nuclear programme but created a super-virus that is now ‘out of control’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2153308/Cyberattacks-Iran-ordered-Obama-created-virus-creating-havoc-internet.html#ixzz1wYzutNLq

Zcat on June 1, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Ed, I love the picture and caption you used for this post!

Classic!

ITguy on June 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Get caught leaking information to our enemies secretly?

Go to jail like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Hanssen

Yet the press can leak information to our enemies publicly and NOTHING HAPPENS?

ITguy on June 1, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I have an idea for SCOAMF.

Why not just open our files, NOC lists, corporate systems, government databases and anything else he can think of. Just go ahead and open it to the world.

That way we won’t be tortured by this water torture of calculated leaks that decimate our intelligence and defense structures and people, it’ll just go up in a big BOOM all at once.

Just give it away, President Dipshit, and get it over with.

MTF on June 1, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Wait until you see the photo of Obama in front of a computer, writing code, with a halo around his head…

right2bright on June 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Can you imagine how long it would have taken him to write those scripts typing with just 2 fingers?!?

nextgen_repub on June 1, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Some things are better off not said; thanks for rating out our’s and Israels Intelligence agencies for the sake of being re-elected.

DDay on June 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM

They’ve gurarding the wrong stuff.

Obama’s LFBC is national secret top priority. This, this is nothing.

Transparency!

Sir Napsalot on June 1, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Seems to me the bigger news is that the White House leaked our part in this, while the Bush administration had carefully left it ambiguous.

Why would they do that?

We know the answer. Obama is desperate to get re-elected. There are no state secrets if leaking them will help him get re-elected.

tom on June 1, 2012 at 2:06 PM

President Bradley Manning.

MTF on June 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

The NYT has no choice. If they don’t show Obama the love, they know he will lose, and all their hopes and dreams of turning America into a Socialist Workers’ Paradise like Cuba or Venezuela will be dashed.

And you know the rag will be out of business before America gives the Democrats another crack at it.

Adjoran on June 1, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Born in either 1941 or 1942, much of Kim Jong Il’s persona is based on a cult of personality, meaning that legend and official North Korean government accounts describe his life, character, and actions in ways that promote and legitimize his leadership, including his birth.

Surprising how much the NYT praises Kim Jong Il. Excuse me I meant Mr. Barack Hussein Obama the First.

They’re so much alike – Kim and Barack.

An avid golfer, Kim reportedly picked up a golf club in 1994 and shot a 38-under par on a regulation 18-hole golf course — including no fewer than 11 holes in one. Barack plays golf too.

Although Kim was born in Siberia, not North Korea, while his father Kim Il-sung was living in exile in the former U.S.S.R, the official North Korean account says that the man referred to as “Dear Leader,” “our Father” and “the General” was born in a log cabin on North Korea’s highest mountain, Mount Paektu, in February 1942. At least one parent was a North Korean. Barack had one parent who was from the United States of America. Barack was born in… I won’t go there; it’s not the party line.

Also I noted that the NYT identified people with their titles, like President Obama (and Mr. Obama sometimes), Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time, Leon E. Panetta. Mr. Obama’s predecessor technically wasn’t identified as a person at all but as a group; the Bush administration and the administration of Bush.

I love the New York Times. I read it daily for the Nooz.

HHW on June 1, 2012 at 3:06 PM

This flurry of distractions is accomplishing its purpose. Everyone’s talking about the red herrings, rather than about the 33% increase in Iran’s monthly enriched-uranium output, the additional washdown observed at the Parchin site, the third year in a row in which the IAEA count of enriched uranium has had to be adjusted upward due to disclosure errors on Iran’s part, the fact that the enriched-uranium total has been bumped from the “4 bombs” to “5 bombs” threshold, and the evidence of enrichment higher than 19.75% – which has no application other than making a weapon.

Stuxnet didn’t achieve anything important. Repeat as necessary until understood.

J.E. Dyer on June 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I am so sick of this Admin. “leaking” intelligence to the public!! It is classified as Secret and in most cases Top Secret for reasons! He was also behind releasing secrets about Israel’s plans against Iran and Saudi Arabia involvement a few weeks ago. Obama is attempting to score political points, however, his ineptitude is creating havoc for people overseas like myself and others trying to protect our country. There should and needs to be outrage by both Democrats and Republicans and an investigation by the Intelligence Committee on these repeated leaks (i.e. Usama bin Ladin, Stuxnet, israel attack plans, etc etc.

g2825m on June 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

This flurry of distractions is accomplishing its purpose. Everyone’s talking about the red herrings, rather than about the 33% increase in Iran’s monthly enriched-uranium output, the additional washdown observed at the Parchin site, the third year in a row in which the IAEA count of enriched uranium has had to be adjusted upward due to disclosure errors on Iran’s part, the fact that the enriched-uranium total has been bumped from the “4 bombs” to “5 bombs” threshold, and the evidence of enrichment higher than 19.75% – which has no application other than making a weapon.

Stuxnet didn’t achieve anything important. Repeat as necessary until understood.

J.E. Dyer on June 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

J.E.
Correct. This is according to what “we know” on the ground (not much). Without a firm grasp of HUMINT (Human Intelligence) sources we really do not know what is going on on the ground over there.

g2825m on June 1, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Hilarious, when all it appears President Jackass McDowngrade did was follow President George W. Bush’s recommendations.

slickwillie2001 on June 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Wait until you see the photo of Obama in front of a computer, writing code, with a halo around his head…

right2bright on June 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Nah, he was just ordering a pizza. Next thing ya know, Stuxnet! So he had it delivered to Iran./

askwhatif on June 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Hilarious, when all it appears President Jackass McDowngrade did was follow President George W. Bush’s recommendations.

slickwillie2001 on June 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

My guess is that he was asking, “what would george do?” long before the portrait was finished.

askwhatif on June 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

It’s a really, really bad idea to throwing this out to the press.

V7_Sport on June 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

By November we may have few national security secrets left. The admin will leak them all to the NYT and WaPo so the MSM can report to us how tough and gutsy President Rambo is on foreign policy. And, of course, Romney would never do any of it, and Bush never even thought of any it.

Obama and his admin are beneath contempt.

farsighted on June 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

They’ve gurarding the wrong stuff.

Obama’s LFBC is national secret top priority. This, this is nothing.

Transparency!

Sir Napsalot on June 1, 2012 at 2:02 PM

So true when he goes to the ends of the world to protect his college transcripts, his non-forged Birth Cert., SS Card, Rashidi Khalidi LA Times tape, etc etc and yet he is more than willing to release Secret and likely TS intelligence.

g2825m on June 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Obama and his admin are beneath contempt.

farsighted on June 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

moronic, amateurish imbeciles…

jimver on June 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Anyone that leaks Top Secret information to the New York times is liable to leak Top Secret information to our enemies.

RADIOONE on June 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Not a lot of difference there.

slickwillie2001 on June 1, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Just before the election Obama will agree that the troops should have a welcome home parade. No, not all the military. Just the spooky special operators and the CIA and FBI undercover operatives.

davod on June 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Gutsy call

tommer74 on June 1, 2012 at 4:48 PM

What the heck is the Obama administration thinking in leaking any details about classified operations of this nature?

For political reasons, we have seen:

- A Saudi double agent outed;

- a Pakistani Doctor who helped us in the fight against Al Qaeda jailed for 33 years for “treason;” and

- now, acknowledgement of a highly classified effort to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

In addition, we have found that Obama has taken an obsessive interest in “Kill Shots,” exposing for everyone to see that Obama is a dangerous, disturbed and weak leader.

Dangerous because rather than capturing terrorists for intelligence purposes he has decided to simply kill them. Yes, often that is necessary, but an across the board policy? Obama’s approach also reflects his attitude towards political opponents. No interest in finding solutions, just destroy them, and the socialist keep screaming about bi-partisanship. Right.

Disturbed, because like LBJ before him during the Vietnam war, he has become obsessed with micro-managing the effort against al Qaeda.

Weak, because his micro-managing of this effort shows that he is unable to delegate to those better suited to carry out this fight.

While the Iranians may well have surmised the role of the United States and Israel in this operation, the leaking of this information provides confirmation and justifies the Iranians taking retaliatory action.

The likely result? Innocent lives being lost. When people are killed, will the NYT acknowledge that Obama has blood on his hands for authorizing the leak, as well as themselves for printing the report?

Why would any individual or nation want to co-operate with us, knowing that the operation may be leaked to assuage Obama’s political ambitions?

Talk about a direct threat to national security.

john.frank on June 1, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Blame Bush for the economy. For years later.

Take credit for the entirety of the Bush military strategy by not shutting it down.

Got it.

Marcus Traianus on June 1, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Waiting for the stories investigating illegal leaks of National Security items, my guess is listed as Top Secret.

John Kettlewell on June 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM

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