Trump slams NY Times for illegal leak compromising Baghdadi's capture
In his latest controversial tweet, Trump notes "The Failing New York Times foiled US attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist, Al-Baghdadi. Their sick agenda over National Security."
Trump did not back up his claims further.
Illegal leaks: Trump lashes out at US media
Who is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?
Known as the 'ghost', Baghdadi is an Iraqi scholar in Islamic studies, who founded ISIS in 2010. He proclaimed himself the Caliph after ISIS captured Mosul in 2014. Baghdadi's leadership has been key in allowing the rise of ISIS in a short time.
What was Trump referring to?
Gen. Thomas had noted that US forces had a close lead on Baghdadi's whereabouts in 2015 and could have caught him.
"Unfortunately, it was leaked in a prominent national newspaper ..... the lead went dead," he added.
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Is Baghdadi dead?
Russian military indicated that Baghdadi had been killed in an air strike in Raqqa, Syria in June. It was later confirmed by the ISIS itself. US Defense Secretary James Mattis recently said that he believes Baghdadi is still alive, questioning the credibility of these reports.
Is Trump at war against media?
Much has been written about Trump administration's so-called war against media from Twitter to the White House press rooms.
Media on the other hand seems to be losing credibility in the age of 'fake news' and its obsession with Trump.
Trump's anger against intelligence leaks in mainstream media compromising national security is not entirely unjustified, albeit, lashing out on Twitter may be un-presidential.
Washington Post gets lashed out at too!
Seeking an end to illegal leaks, Trump tweeted, "A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post, this time against AG Jeff Sessions. These illegal leaks, like Comey's, must stop!", referring to a Washington Post report based on intelligence excerpts.