DEVELOPING: Top NSA and DOJ Officials Have Fled the U.S. – Obama Admin. Files Espionage Charges

David Harris-Gershon (The Troubadour) Follow
Source: Daily Kos member
WED JUL 17, 2013 AT 05:26 PM PDT

byDavid Harris Gershon Follow

  • In a stunning development, Deputy Director of the NSA, John Inglis, along with Assistant Attorney General, James Cole, have fled the United States after their participation in a contentious congressional meeting on Capitol Hill.

In that meeting, both Inglis and Cole revealed that the depth of NSA spying far surpassed anything that whistleblower Edward Snowden has made public to date. The unauthorized leaks to Congress by Inglis and Cole, which exposed more about NSA spying than anything Snowden has revealed, shook congressional leaders to their core.

The National Security Agency revealed to an angry congressional panel on Wednesday that its analysis of phone records and online behavior goes exponentially beyond what it had previously disclosed.[...]

John C Inglis, the deputy director of the surveillance agency, told a member of the House judiciary committee that NSA analysts can perform “a second or third hop query” through its collections of telephone data and internet records in order to find connections to terrorist organizations.

“Hops” refers to a technical term indicating connections between people. A three-hop query means that the NSA can look at data not only from a suspected terrorist, but from everyone that suspect communicated with, and then from everyone those people communicated with, and then from everyone all of those people communicated with.

The Obama administration, blindsided by the leaks, immediately announced that the two would be charged under The Espionage Act, and declared them enemies of the state.

Eric Holder, in a hastily convened press conference, admitted that the two had fled the United States on private jets immediately after the hearing, and that their whereabouts where unknown. He was, however, confident that the U.S. would bring them to justice.

“The national security of the United States has been damaged by those leaks. The safety of the American people and safety of people in allied nations is at risk.”[...]

“I am confident that the people who are responsible will be held accountable.”

Rumors are that the two senior intelligence officials have fled to Venezuela, where like Snowden, it is anticipated they will seek asylum. However, much speculation is swirling at this stage regarding their location and fate.

While President Obama, in a short session before reporters, said, “We won’t be scrambling any jets to catch these middle-aged leakers,” diplomatic channels were already furiously at work, trying to close off all international airspace.

Updates (EST):

11:01 pm – It has been confirmed by multiple sources that Inglis and Cole have fled to Hong Kong.

Despite this revelation, mainstream media is fawning over news that Cole’s wife was once a hand model for Palmolive.

10:24 pm – CNN is reporting, per an anonymous government source, that Inglis and Cole intentionally took their respective posts at the NSA and DOJ in order to leak surveillance information to Congress.

“They engaged in a decades-long, career-building venture just for today’s leak,” the source said.

9:57 pm – MSNBC pundit Melissa Harris-Perry has called for Inglis and Cole to return to the States and face the consequences of their actions, apparently already tired of talking about the two whistleblowers.

So come on home, John and James, so we could talk about, you know, something else,” Harris-Perry said.

9:42 pm – As the world searches for two of the nation’s top intelligence officials, President Obama referred to them as “hackers” in a brief media appearance, attempting to recast the Deputy Director of the NSA and Assistant Attorney General as basement-dwelling, Ramen-noodle-eating cyber thieves who were never employed by the U.S. government or affiliated contractors.

9:16 pm – David Gregory has asked this evening whether congressional leaders, who asked the questions that led to Inglis and Cole’s whistle-blowing, should be arrested.

“It was just a question,” Gregory Tweeted after coming under fire for suggesting U.S. legislators be jailed for doing their jobs. “I was just echoing what others were wondering.”

9:03 pm – After rumours began swirling that Inglis and Cole were aboard a plane with the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, several European nations closed off their airspace and forced Nazarbayev’s twin-engine aircraft to land in a field in Lithuania.

“We have not been this humiliated since that Jew Borat’s movie!” screamed Nazarbayev after Lithuanian officials announced Inglis and Cole were not aboard the president’s plane.

8:42 pm – Wikileaks has Tweeted that it has been in touch with Inglis and Cole, though refused to reveal their location or whether or not the organization is helping the two asylum seekers.

8:24 pm – A furious Venezuela has denied that intelligence officials are in the country. “The airspace around Latin America is closed. Nobody can get in or out!”

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8 Responses to DEVELOPING: Top NSA and DOJ Officials Have Fled the U.S. – Obama Admin. Files Espionage Charges

  1. Ethyl says:

    If the people who sit around and think up stupid satire like this were out there being activists instead, we’d all be a lot better off!

  2. General post,

    I don’t think you should take this article down, Jeanie. Let’s remember what the talking point was all about, satire or no … it was about exposing the man who would be king.

    The idea of punishing Government Employees for cooperating with Congressional Investigation Committees is a talking point that will, most likely, be a popular one in the days ahead because of all this unconstitutional behavior that everyone is engaged in.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if those in Congress who are responsible for this legislation aren’t having second thoughts about it since the “Snowden Affair.” I wouldn’t think that the “assurances” they received should they pass this illegal legislation would be worth a pitcher of warm spit right now.

    We have the President “bullying” Putin for extradition and being politely told “Look, if you want cooperation, drop the god damned subject.” On the other side of the spectrum you have the Organization of American States telling the U.S. to shut the hell up and knock it off or there will be reprisals.

    I gotta’ believe that the Administration is having a “spiritual crisis” right now. They’ve created very powerful, wealthy, and influential enemies without and are beginning to understand that they also have some pretty uncooperative people advancing an agenda within.

    The best thing that a bully can do when he realizes the whole god damned school yard is ready to gang up on him and kick his ass is shut the hell up and start acting like a human being. We should be able to understand in which direction these “tough guys” want to go in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you have to treat all political satire as a prelude to what is yet to come. Artistic people use intuition to create art and literature. What are they “seeing?”

    Love and Light,
    SaS :o

    • Tom Widlar says:

      I agree. Such article should clearly be marked as satire, but some are good examples of what should be happening instead of what is actually happening.

  3. gear13 says:

    Its time for the military to intervene in these matters that are getting out of hand against any domestic threats from the government for speaking out the truth and arrest all these zionists.

  4. susan negus says:

    apparently golden age of gaia took this report down saying it was satire

  5. Secretariat says:

    If you want more proof of the Social Engineering via fraudulent education from womb to tomb, please read this ‘Concordat Universal Declaration on the Four Freedoms’ (http://www.seagov.net/charter-and-declarations). Specifically pages 13 16.

    But who will believe me, if your unwilling to verify the research? But as usual, even those you throughout various forums purporting to give you the truth, want to keep you from our research and solution oriented paradigm, by bury the truth we have exposed. Nor, do they wish to have a reasonable meeting of the minds to consider the solution people have created, to foster Good Will with All Walks of Life.

    Most graciously…’In Honor We Trust.’

  6. Bly says:

    Exactly how am I in danger due to the leaks to congress? Explain that one to me Barack

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