With the 9/11 attacks being the story of the last decade, the raid that resulted in the killing of Osama Bin Laden may be the big story of this decade.  Before SEAL Team Six inserted via classified stealth helicopters and killed HVT #1, the White House, the Pentagon, and the CIA had an agreed upon narrative that would be sold to the public.  This narrative would presumably help everyone take the most amount of credit possible, but would also do the responsible thing in maintaining operational security.  This means that the military would be able to protect Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures, while the CIA would protect sources and methods.

Then one of the stealth helicopters, probably a highly modified MH-60 Blackhawk, crash landed inside the compound.  With the agreed upon cover story thrown into disarray, the White House panicked.  This was the big story that would keep the President in office for another four years and if the Public Relations spin made them look bad it could be curtains for the administration.  The White House then began to leak sensitive information.  Perhaps the culmination of these leaks was a pitifully bad article about the OBL raid in The New Yorker magazine, describing a childish facsimile of an actual military operation.


While many journalists scrambled to get the big scoop on the Bin Laden raid, they became frustrated that The New Yorker landed the story.  What many didn’t understand was that the New Yorker was the White House’s trusted media outlet.  Call it Public Relations, call it propaganda, this was the venue chosen to make the White House look good.  SOFREP does not know where the leak originated, but the National Security Council and any connections they may have to The New Yorker would be a good place to start looking.

As far as prosecutions, well, good luck with that.  The perception in the halls of government is that anything ordered by the White House is automatically legal, as if by some royal decree but this is not the case.  One way or the other, the President is not the fall guy for anybody except maybe in the most extreme circumstances.