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Some people just can't stop talking!

by Paul C / February 14, 2009 / 2:52 AM UTC

For example, California senator Dianne Feinstein, who, being the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, should surely know better: Feinstein comment on U.S. drones likely to embarrass Pakistan:

A senior U.S. lawmaker said Thursday that unmanned CIA Predator aircraft operating in Pakistan are flown from an air base in that country, a revelation likely to embarrass the Pakistani government and complicate its counter-terrorism collaboration with the United States.

The disclosure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, marked the first time a U.S. official had publicly commented on where the Predator aircraft patrolling Pakistan take off and land.

At a hearing, Feinstein expressed surprise over Pakistani opposition to the campaign of Predator-launched CIA missile strikes against Islamic extremist targets along Pakistan's northwestern border.

"As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base," she said.


OK, senator Feinstein, let's review Rule 1 of possession of classified information, shall we: Just because you know something doesn't mean that everyone else has to know it. This wasn't a classic Washington leak; this was just some idiot blurting out something that should have never been revealed.

I'm guessing that the Pakistani government has just had its life made much more interesting as a result of "loose lips" Feinstein...

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