On Wednesday, Americans learned that, during the Obama years, U.S. intelligence officer Monica Witt was recruited to be a spy by Iran and fed them sensitive information, including the identities of intelligence sources. Despite Iran’s clear effort to harm America, NBC Nightly News ran a report fretting a U.S.-led conference aimed at further squeezing the radical regime. And here’s the kicker: This report came immediately after the story about the Iran spy.
NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell was at the conference in Warsaw, Poland to seemingly whine about every aspect of it. “Some of our biggest allies are not sending top diplomats here. France, Germany, England,” she chided Vice President Mike Pence just after admitting it was “the first Arab/Israeli summit largely aimed at pressuring Iran.”
Mitchell appeared flabbergasted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu taking a combative stance, and almost offended by a report that claimed the U.S. was sabotaging the Iranian ballistic missile program:
But tonight, Israel’s prime minister set off alarms tweeting they were there “to advance the common interest of war with Iran.” Then within the hour, taking out the word “war” and writing instead, “to advance the common interest of combating Iran.”
Adding to tension, The New York Times report that the U.S. may be secretly sabotaging Iran’s missiles and rockets. And an anti-Iran rally here by a group represented by the President’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
“Iran’s foreign minister calls this a ‘desperate anti-Iran circus’. Tomorrow, the Vice President delivers a tough speech against Iran,” she concluded.
All this pearl-clutching came immediately after NBC Justice correspondent Pete Williams reported that, “Federal prosecutors say Monica Witt served nearly 11 years in the Air Force as an intelligence officer, two more years as a contractor, and then secretly defected to Iran in 2013 and turned spy. In return, the FBI says, the Iranians gave her housing and computers.”
Williams noted that Witt thought she might “do like Snowden” and cause extensive damage to U.S. security:
Investigators say she revealed details of secret U.S. intelligence programs and the names of overseas intelligence sources, information that could damage U.S. security. The FBI says she also told these four Iranian cyber-spies the names of her former American intelligence colleagues whose computers were then hacked.