This is a must-read by Josh Rogin. Holier-than-thou Darrell Issa, who has gone after the Obama administration for the most ridiculous, concocted reasons, is the one who is in hot water now. The words “idiot,” “inept,” and “hypocritical” come to mind.
He’s been trumpeting his investigation of security failures after the attacks in Libya and has done everything he can to nail the president on something, ANYthing, for years. Turn about is fair play, Mr. Oversight.
Will Mitt Romney remember to bring this little boo-boo up at Monday’s foreign policy debate? Or will he get another case of Romnesia?
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) compromised the identities of several Libyans working with the U.S. government and placed their lives in danger when he released reams of State Department communications Friday, according to Obama administration officials. [...]
But Issa didn’t bother to retract the names of Libyan civilians and local leaders mentioned in the cables, and just as with the WikiLeaks dump of State Department cables last year, the administration says that Issa has done damage to U.S. efforts to work with those Libyans and exposed them to physical danger from the very groups that had an interest in attacking the U.S. consulate. [...]
One of the cables released by Issa names a woman human rights activist who was leading a campaign against violence and was detained in Benghazi. She expressed fear for her safety to U.S. officials and criticized the Libyan government.[...]
One administration official accused Issa of doing harm to the investigation for the sake of creating negative news stories days before the final presidential debate, which will focus on foreign policy. In previous investigations, Issa has acknowledged and respected the need to protect information that could be important to completing the administration’s own investigations, the official noted.
Here’s the link.