Normally I report on leaks at Falkvinge.net, however, I dub this a “minileak” as it was already covered by another journalist, I am just adding to the story. Minileaks will be covered here on my personal website.
Recently Digital Journal covered a story from the Wikileaks GI Files which showed that there was a credible threat against the United States, yet we were not informed about it, because there were elections going on. This does make you question the integrity of the politicians who refused to allow notice to go out, but it also isn’t the only time the US failed to inform it’s citizens of credible threats due to political reasons.
There was another email that was sent in 2007 which laid out a similar senario:
Highly Confidential – Threat to CONUS – DO NOT FORWARD
Date 2007-08-04 00:19:48 From firstname.lastname@example.org To email@example.com Others MessageId: <20070803221926.7B30C15FC4DF@alamo.stratfor.com>
Text DO NOT FORWARDThis week, FBI Hqs stood up a compartmented task force to hunt down an
Afghani tribal al-Qaeda operative (NFI) who has entered the United States
to coordinate an attack inside the United States before the end of the
summer. It is believed, but not known, the terrorist is responsible for
activating 3-5 other “sleepers” for the terrorist operation. FBI opines
an attack would take place in Washington, DC and/or New York City.
No/no notifications will be made to the public, for fear of accusations
that the matter is being “hyped” for political reasons.
They were worried that it would be “hyped” for political reasons. Mind you this was right before the United States were going into their presidential elections.
This email only says that someone is in the United States, and he wants to hurt some people possibly in New York or Washington DC. Nothing that really indicates that it is going to be another major terrorist attack, except here was the updated email:
(More) INSIGHT – Terrorist Threat – CONUS ** Internal Use Only – Do Not Forward **
Date 2007-08-28 14:53:57 From firstname.lastname@example.org To email@example.com
Others MessageId: <20070828125232.1731E1692C84@alamo.stratfor.com>
Text ** Internal Use Only – Do Not Forward **From an FBI HQS internal assessment –NYC, Washington, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia and cities where there are
major oil refineries.Detroit possibly because of the border and large Arab population.———————————————————————-From: Fred Burton [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2007 7:05 PM
To: ‘CT’; ‘Analysts’
Subject: INSIGHT – Terrorist Threat – CONUS ** Internal Use Only – Do Not
** Internal Use Only – Do Not Forward **
FBI advises in confidence and not for publication that the probability is
very high that a major act of terror will occur any day in a large U.S.
Small scale cells are not the fear, but a large event that will cause a
significant amount of U.S. lives and economic chaos. There have been a
large number of suspected jihadis who have infiltrated into the United
States that the FBI cannot find, in concert with a significant uptick in
chatter (SIGINT) and the movement of terrorists and supplies (food and
water) into caves in Afghanistan, in anticipation of large scale U.S.
The FBI does not believe DC will be hit, but were unable to identify any
specific cities other than “a large U.S. port city.”
After further assessment, the FBI believes the Seattle ferry surveillance
were al-Qaeda suspects sent to “ping the system as a false positive” to
tie up investigative resources.
Situation was described as grave.
I have no further information.
The situation was described as “grave”, there were active attempts to draw federal attention elsewhere, and yet no one decided to tell the American people because it was an election year?
Special thanks to WikiLeaks and the GI Files.