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Re: Mini Drones: Army Deploys Tiny Helicopters
The article also highlights yet another one of those curious timing "coincidences" that seem to pop up from time to time:
quote:Another Guardian article elaborates about the disclosure... Washington Post was forced into finally revealing drone base secret:
... Disclosure of the Saudi co-operation comes the day before the architect of the drone programme, John Brennan, appears before the US Senate for a confirmation hearing to become the CIA director. ...
quote:It leads one to wonder if there are some in CIA who aren't exactly thrilled at the prospect of his directorship.
...For more than a year, the paper refrained from disclosing the location of a secret US military base in Saudi Arabia from which CIA drones were launched. It did so at the request of the Obama administration, which argued that exposing the facility would undermine operations against al-Qaida in Yemen and might potentially damage counter-terrorism collaboration with Saudi Arabia.
But the Post learned on Tuesday night that another news outlet was planning to reveal the location of the base, effectively ending an informal arrangement among several news organisations that had been aware of the location. So the paper decided it was no longer feasible to keep the secret and published the information. Its story was followed up by Fox News here. ...
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