Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Porous Harry Reid

Sen. Harry Reid is back to his usual shenanigans. Here are the Senator's most recent nonsensical comments:
Speaking Wednesday on News 4's Nevada News Makers, Reid says he was informed today that Bin Laden may have died in the October temblor.

"I heard today that he may have died in the earthquake that they had in Pakistan, seriously." Reid says that if that is the case, "that's good for the world."
John Fund points out the problem with such a statement:
Intelligence analysts tell me that the only proper action by a top U.S. Senate leader who has been given such information is radio silence. If the report is true, such information is best released at a moment of the U.S. government's choosing. For one thing, as long as the information is tightly held, it can be used to sift out electronic intercepts that might lead to other Al Qaeda leaders. On the other hand, if Mr. Reid's public speculation proves groundless, it only embarrasses the U.S. and contributes to enemy morale. Here's hoping Al Qaeda figures aren't soon appearing on Al Jazeera television chortling about the clueless Mr. Reid.
Either Sen. Reid is leaking classified infromation before U.S. intelligence agencies report anything, or he is spreading hearsay and false information. Does either of these options have any redeeming quality to it? Of course not.

Hat tip to the guys over at Power Line for following up on this story. They've got background information here. And the latest developments and considerations here.