News organizations kept silent
about Saudi role in drone strikes
As media critic Cliff Kincaid points out,
news organizations once had a deal to keep a CIA drone base's location
secret. The news organizations not only concealed the base's exact
location, but also the name of the country in which it was located:
Saudi Arabia. Is this sort of "informal arrangement among several news
organizations" to avoid news coverage also at play in the case of the
Saudi national arrested, but then freed, in the Boston bombings? Kincaid
The Post blew the whistle on the Saudi role only once
it learned that a competitor was about to break the CIA news embargo,
the Post has reported.
"The Washington Post had refrained from
disclosing the specific location at the request of the administration,
which cited concern that exposing the facility would undermine
operations against an al-Qaeda affiliate regarded as the network’s most
potent threat to the United States, as well as potentially damage
counterterrorism collaboration with Saudi Arabia.
learned Tuesday night that another news organization was planning to
reveal the location of the base, effectively ending an informal
arrangement among several news organizations that had been aware of the
location for more than a year."