March 9, 2015 | Cited by Fox News
Sources: bin Laden Docs Conflict with Obama’s Talk of Al Qaeda Demise
To date, the public has seen only two dozen of the 1.5 million documents. The haul included hard drives, cell phones, thumb drives, handwritten materials, tapes, magazines, data cards, video tapes, audio, newspapers and DVDs.
At the time, an interagency team led by the Central Intelligence Agency gave the cache a quick “scrub” looking for actionable intelligence, according to the op-ed, written by Weekly Standard senior writer and Fox News contributor Stephen Hayes, and Thomas Joscelyn of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. According to the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, that team produced 400 separate reports based on the documents.
But then, the article claims, the documents remained untouched “for months – perhaps as long as a year.”
In 2012, in comments based on what Hayes and Joscelyn said was an analysis of 17 “handpicked documents” that “reached the conclusion the Obama administration wanted,” Obama announced that the defeat of Al Qaeda “is now within our reach.”
The Iranian-Al Qaeda connection is also described.
“The DIA team began producing analyses reflecting what they were seeing in the documents,” wrote Hayes and Joscelyn. “That wasn’t what the Obama White House wanted to hear.” So the White House cut off access to the documents and put an end to any more analyses, according to their sources, they said.
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