Welcome to Darrel issa's and Mitch McConnell's latest nightmare...
The Justice Department's subpoena of Associated Press phone records as part of an investigation into what Attorney General Eric Holder has called "a very grave leak" to the news agency has set off a political firestorm on Capitol Hill, but there's a lot to the AP story published a year ago that started it all.
The May 7, 2012, story cites unnamed sources who told the news agency that the CIA had thwarted a plan by a Yemeni affiliate of al-Qaida to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner. That despite White House assertions that it was unaware of any such plot.
But, as NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports, there's much more to the story:
"As we understood it then and still understand it, that suicide bomber that AP refers to in its story was actually a double agent working with Western intelligence agencies," Dina says.
Although the double agent did hand the new underwear bomb technology to U.S. officials, "they had hoped the agent could do more [and] ... one consequence of the story is that this agent's identity was blown," she says.
Dina says the bomb was of special interest because of who made it — Ibrahim al-Ashiri, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula's master bomb maker.
Ashiri is considered a genius at building bombs and authorities had hoped to use the double agent to get at him, Dina says...
Impeach Obama? I'd say a better option would be to run Darrel Issa out of town along with some of his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives.
Rachel Maddow just called for ABC News to apologize to the White House, and I'm thinking the AP should apologize to the American Public.