Bob Gates Was Furious at Officials Over Bin Laden Raid Leaks

The then-defense secretary forcefully told his colleagues to shut their traps, but Obama’s officials did not listen

After the successful American raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound last year, President Obama’s officials started blabbing about all the secret details in an amateur effort to brag about killing bin Laden—and to make the president look like a real tough guy.

Then-Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, a temporary holdover from the George W. Bush administration, was furious. Daniel Halper writes at the Weekly Standard that he went to Tom Donilon, Obama’s national security advisor, and told him he had a new media strategy for the administration:  “Shut the #$%@ up!”

Gates was rightly angry at the leaks. Not only did the loose-lips put at risk the Navy SEALs who carried out the raid and give the enemy critical information but they also seemingly resulted in the Pakistani government’s successful prosecution of one of the key tipsters who helped the Americans.

Source: The Weekly Standard (half page).


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