Fox News responded to the State Department’s order for “nonemergency” government personnel to leave Yemen on Tuesday by suggesting that the administration is deliberately leaking intelligence to bolster its public image and distract from other scandals. The speculation comes as officials are warning of intelligence for a possible attack that is “similar to what American spy agencies picked up in the weeks before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.″
“If the White House is revealing secrets, does that sound familiar? They’re trying to prosecute a guy in Moscow who revealed some secrets when he was in Hong Kong,” Fox’s Judge Andrew Napolitano said on ‘Fox & Friends’ adding, “if the White House is revealing secrets to make the White House look good, the revelation of which tips off or hands to the enemy, that is not good.” The team focused on the revelation that the United States “intercepted electronic communications in which the head of Al Qaeda ordered the leader of the group’s affiliate in Yemen to carry out an attack as early as this past Sunday,” suggesting that Obama was willing to burn the source of information to improve his image:
STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Remember last week all the talk was about phony scandals and all that other stuff and the NSA and the IRS and suddenly we get this alert that something could be happening in the Arab world somewhere toward western interests, and it is pro-administration. We’ve heard this a million times….Just that they would reveal such detail. They burned a source and a method, and that’s the problem. They could still say be careful if you’re in these areas. But to be so specific to make it look like the administration is working overtime, look at these fantastic avenues of intel, that is troubling.
Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson slightly disagreed with her colleagues’ suggestions, saying that she was not ready to criticize the administration “just yet.” Over the last two days, Carlson — and other Fox anchors and contributes — insisted that President Obama’s decision to close 19 embassies in the Middle East and Africa was a sign of American “weakness” and a defeatist foreign policy.
The United States isn’t alone in taking action based on the latest intelligence, however; Britain is also removing its diplomatic staff from Yemen’s capitol city of Sana’a.