Did NY Times help ISIS leader escape?
Did someone in the Obama administration leak the intelligence information in order to make the administration look like it was taking the war to ISIS? It would not be the first time the Obama administration compromised special operations in order to brag. Many have said the revelations about the special ops team that killed bin Laden later led to an attack on that unit.
Top general says LEAKS to the New York Times are the reason ISIS leader al-Baghdadi escaped US forces and is likely still alive
General Tony Thomas, who leads Special Operations Command, said Friday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado that his teams were 'particularly close' to al-Baghdadi in 2015.
... a Delta Force commando raid in eastern Syria, killed ISIS oil minister Abu Sayyaf and captured his wife, yielding a trove of information about the terror group's operations and logistics.
'That was a very good lead. Unfortunately, it was leaked in a prominent national newspaper about a week later and that lead went dead,' said Thomas, in an apparent reference to a New York Times report about the raid from June 2015.
That report read in part: 'New insights yielded by the seized trove — four to seven terabytes of data, according to one official — include how the organization’s shadowy leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, operates and tries to avoid being tracked by coalition forces.'
The New York Times report even detailed knowledge gained about al-Baghdadi's security precautions for meeting and communicating with his lieutenants, including the use of wives to pass messages.