The consequences of telling the truth at Newsweek/Washington Post/The Daily Beast are coming into sharp focus as editor Tina Brown reportedly exploded in a tirade at the staff of the news organization. The reason? The leak of the unedited story Brown refused to allow to be published as originally written on the FBI scandal involving PATCON, the Oklahoma City bombing, and Operation Fast and Furious.
Insider sources say that Brown is furious that someone on her staff sent a copy of the original article to citizen investigative reporter Mike Vanderboegh, which he proceeded to publish on his blog, Sipsey Street Irregulars. An abbreviated summary of the information Brown cut out of the story is provided here.
Washington Post reporter R.M. Schneiderman and his immediate supervisory editor John Solomon had been working on the explosive story of FBI corruption for months. That story included details of a sordid, secret operation of the FBI called ‘PATCON,’ which has been involved in murder and scandal for decades going all the way back to the Ruby Ridge and Waco massacres.
But when Newsweek/The Daily Beast was ready to publish the story, editor Tina Brown intervened at the last minute, removing all of the key components of the report and focusing instead on one lone undercover informant who had information about ‘extremist right-wing neo-Nazi groups’ in the United States. Sources inside the government report that Brown was under intense pressure from the Obama Administration, Attorney-General Eric Holder, and the FBI to cut key portions out of the story.
Obviously someone at the news organization was furious that the story was gutted for political purposes. That someone sent Vanderboegh the complete uncut edition of the story.
The consequences are fear, loathing, and anger on the part of the White House, the FBI, and Tina Brown. The government parties involved in the various scandals are afraid of what this information will lead to. They loathe the persons responsible for leaking the story. And their anger is on full display, especially that of Tina Brown, who reportedly is demanding to know who on her staff leaked the story to Vanderboegh.
According to Vanderboegh,
…the Spanish Inquisition began at Newsweak within two hours of the posting Friday of “Hiding mass murder behind ‘national security. What Newsweak & the FBI didn’t want you to know about PATCON and the OKC Bombing.”
Tina Brown is said to very angry and is determined to find out who leaked the details of the story she didn’t want to surface. Wombat reports that the screaming was largely focused on the fact that Tina has decided that she really, really doesn’t like me. Really.
Various editors, reporters and sources are under suspicion.
Vanderboegh further indicates that sources have informed him that the White House, the DOJ, and the FBI are sore at him as well for putting the story out there for the public to see. The fear is over possible blow-back…and that if anyone, anywhere at Newsweek or the White House makes even the slightest move to retaliate against those who leaked and reported the story, there will be a heavy price to pay in the court of public opinion.
The next stop? Rush Limbaugh. If Limbaugh reports the leaked Newsweek story, the game is on. And the perpetrators know it. They also know there is not much that can be done in terms of damage control once the genie has been let out of the bottle.
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