How a White House Flickr Fail Outed Bin Laden Hunter 'CIA John'

What do we know and why do we know it? The story behind the revelation of a top spy hunter's identity and why we decided not to publish it.

“The Obama White House has increased dramatically the use of digital media, so there’s a much more robust photo collection on Flickr than we had,” he said, adding that in his experience, “any photograph that would go on the White House website was carefully scrutinized to make sure there wasn’t a way to zoom in and, say, examine a document on the table using some advanced technology. Especially in a sensitive area like the Situation Room. Any question about someone in a photo would have been raised to the N.S.C. staff, whose job would have been to I.D. those in the picture and stop any that raised questions.”

As to the photo of John taken two days later, he noted, “C.I.A. shouldn’t have had anyone but the director and security detail in that photo on Capitol Hill.” He called it an example of “bad photo op management.”

Mr. Pfeifle added, “The Obama White House should be given credit for trying to bring the public into the process, but there’s also a big, unfortunate downside.”

Did the White House blow it, stumbling into the sort of social media speed bump that has undone so many partying teenagers? Was it all a case of Spooks Gone Wild, brought on by the giddy emotional rush of having finally plugged “Geronimo”? The White House press office had no comment.

How about John? Wouldn’t he know better than to stand there behind Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta while the official White House photographer snapped away? It was impossible to ask. Since the C.I.A. refused to acknowledge that the tall man in the picture was, in fact, John, they couldn’t very well let him respond to the question.

According to Jessica Stern, a lecturer at Harvard and an expert on terrorism, “Somebody either made an incredibly stupid mistake here, or they wanted him to be revealed. I think they probably made a stupid mistake.”

To Mr. Young, an architect and independent researcher, the latter theory seemed more likely. “It has all the hallmarks of a deliberate disclosure,” he said. “This was a story filled with clues. The thing about ‘just outside the picture’ was a dead giveaway that they wanted this to happen.”

As to the photo, Mr. Young said, “Putting this guy in the picture was no accident. To show him directly behind Panetta? I think they wanted to reward this guy’s hard work and get some favorable publicity and it worked. It’s one of the few successes they can crow about.”

While casting doubt on that theory, Mr. Pfeifle, now a communications adviser in Washington, acknowledged that there was a strong motivation within the agency to seek out positive publicity. “The individuals at the C.I.A. do such an extensive amount of things that make our country safer every day, that are never reported about, and for some individuals and entities, that’s a difficult thing—when they see stories of heroism and success that emanate from other government agencies.”

In other words, SEALs aren’t the only ones who like to clap their flippers now and again.

Mr. Pfeifle added that sometimes disclosures are generated by factions within a given agency, who might have competing agendas. “There’s always the impulse for the intelligence bureaucracy to try to shape public perception, whether for congressional funding or to achieve a certain policy outcome,” he explained. “That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s coming from the top down. It could be one area within a bureaucracy that wants to push something. And the people who do communications will often see that and freak out a bit.”

Whether or not the “C.I.A. John” Affair was orchestrated on some level, it seemed there was in fact a little freaking out going on in the halls of Langley. Two days after we began our reporting, a U.S. government official told The Observer that John’s cover status had changed. Although he had long been, as the AP profile noted, an overt agent, he had since been designated covert.

This was interesting. The switch had happened “early this month,” the official said, declining to be more specific. Since only five days had elapsed between the publication of the AP story and this new revelation, it seemed fair to assume that John had gone “under cover” after The Observer contacted the agency.

This news sent us running to the web again, parsing the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. Adopted in 1982, the act makes it a federal crime “to intentionally reveal the identity of an agent whom one knows to be in … certain covert roles with a U.S. intelligence agency,” according to Wikipedia. The law applies specifically to people with authorized access to this information, however, which leaves us in the clear.

And of course, we had another easy out. If we were merely to publish the name of the man in the photo—a man whom the C.I.A. will not confirm is actually the guy in the AP article—we would not knowingly be burning a covert agent.

Lecturer Stern thought we might want to tread carefully. In her estimation, John could be in serious danger if exposed, not from al-Qaeda, necessarily, but from rogue elements of the Pakistani intelligence agency, the I.S.I., who have made common cause with al-Qaeda and have access to greater resources, or by a lone-wolf type, poring over issues of Inspire magazine online and looking to make his mark.

“It’s an incredible coup for your paper, but it’s also a risk,” she said. “I would urge you to contact your lawyer, and then I would either consult your conscience or consult your rabbi.”

Still, this all seemed a bit fishy. Was it really up to a small weekly newspaper to protect the life of a top terrorist hunter, especially when so many of his colleagues were walking around openly and seemed to be adequately protected from harm?

Comments

  1. MirandaN says:

    One of the most intriguing aspects of the story is that another female analyst mentioned in the story was a graduate of a Big Ten journalism school.

  2. Having expected the worst after reading the title, I was pleasantly surprised.

  3. Having expected the worst after reading the title, I was pleasantly surprised.

  4. michael benjamin says:

    Nice piece of tortured writing to justify “outing” John. The cynical government made me do it. You mentioned the man’s children but give no thought to endangering them and/ or their playmates. This piece is really about the self-congratulatory vanity of a journalist. You can sleep well tonight. America now knows how clever and resourceful you are.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Oh STFU already, ironically the white house took photos of this man and released them online, idiots.

      1. Anonymous says:

        hey lib, in that case, we know who you are and where you live buddy….all without your photo…lol…gotcha

  5. Rob Miller says:

    You ought to be thoroughly ashamed of yourselves, not that you likely   have the capacity. Spin it any way you want, the act of endangering the lives of this man and his family  is only a bit more disgraceful than your attempt to justify it.

    Kinda like the concentration camp guard saying ‘hey, I didn’t round up these people or transport them here – I just did my job and pushed ‘em into the gas chamber.’

    1. Clopandclippity99 says:

       Sounds like what the CIA does.

  6. Paul Sheiman says:

    Good job ruining his career.

  7. Nick says:

    You and your newspaper are emabarasment to the US.  There is no need to discuss these things.  How would you feel if someone would be hunting you and your family.  I know I would not.

  8. Scott Bowen says:

    Completely irresponsible journalism.  Shame on you.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This man makes six figures a year bombing the crap out of other countries with drones, destroying the lives of tens of thousands of human beings and you despicable trolls want to sit here and defend him?  Without Bin Laden’s body you have no proof the man was killed nor confirmation he was still alive when “assassinated”.  This government hack needs to realize that when he turns our guns on innocent human beings halfway around the globe, as such is the case in our collateral damage through the endless war that  this gentlemen is inherently in favor of, that he is playing with fire.  Eventually, the jig is up.  People will find out who you really are and you will pay for the crimes you have committed.  Stop defending this guy folks.  He has killed thousands of innocent lives.  He has destroyed the lives of families by killing their little children. He will kill more.  And sadly, he will do it your good name…until you stop him.  Sadly, you sick twisted war mongers most likely never will.

    Best of luck John…hope it’s a bit better than your pal Osama!

    1. Tat_fan says:

      ‘People will find out who you really are and you will pay for the crimes you have committed. Stop defending this guy folks. He has killed thousands of innocent lives. He has destroyed the lives of families by killing their little children. He will kill more.’ Ummm, wow you just described Osama to a T. Don’t blame the axeman.

    2. you have problems with our government, then place your blame at the government, do not personally attack the patriotic people who serve that government

  10. Spamspam says:

    Boring. Stopped reading when I realized there would be no name.

  11. ric moriarty says:

    So scooter sits in jail because of some bitch analyst was exposed–anything going to happen to those responsible for the leak of a covert operator?  This man and his family will be targets for ever-GOD damn Obamma and his a**holes

  12. Anonymous says:

    tl;dr, but I didn’t need to read this to know that it’s the height of irresponsibility. Outing an intelligence officer to get a scoop… pitiful.

    1. Makdad says:

      “tl;dr” and then a comment? Are you kidding me? Leave the article alone, let’s just comment on our subjective surface evaluation of something we haven’t read?

      The Bible’s also tl;dr, but I’ve got plenty of opinions on it. Want to hear them?

  13. Blackfoot 32 says:

    Used car salesmen, lawyers, and reporters – they all say and do anything to justify their paychecks.

    1. Denizio says:

      I am a Used Car Salesman.  You, Sir, have affronted me.  How dare group me in with lawyers and reporters.  You might as well call me a drug dealer.  How dare you.

  14. Rock says:

    If this guy “John” ends up dead, you can brag that you helped to kill him.  You and all the other media outlets who’ve participated in this “outing,” including the AP, should be sorely ashamed of yourselves.  But I suspect you’re proud, aren’t you?  You would brag, wouldn’t you?  What a sorry bunch of fools you are…

    1. Anonymous says:

      Oh STFU already, ironically the white house took photos of this man and released them online, idiots.

      1. Megapril says:

        Hey, you Liberated POS, Why don’t you STFU and stop calling everyone here “Idiots” for stating their opinion! It’s pathetic, the consensus is against you and all you can come up with is the same crap ever reply you make “STFU Idiots”. You are the obvious “IDIOT” here…

  15. Not Aaron Gell says:

    Clearly the idiots in the press will stop putting CIA officers at risk
    only when they are put at risk.  I wonder what happens when reporters
    start having accidents.

  16. None says:

    wonderful Stefan, give him a taste of his own medicine.  i love it!!!

  17. Frank says:

    and why exactly, did we need to know this?

    take into consideration the big picture

    self serving ass.

  18. high seas says:

    If anything happens to “John” or a member of his family, the same should happen to the reporters and their families.  These reporters like most today are selfish, egotistical fools hiding behind the cloak of Freedom of Speech and journalistic integrity (which is now an oxymoron!) and will use any means to make themselves, “celebrities”.  Shameful and Disgusting!

  19. KM says:

    You make me sick Mr. Gell – how could you people even think to out this man? Do you not realize what the terrorists will do to him? Have you been paying attention to what happens to people in Iraq and Afghanistan when THEY help the Americans? This is ridiculous.

  20. aarongell says:

    Stefan, I take your point, but remember, I didn’t publish John’s address, his name, his phone number or anything else. I merely wrote that I’d found it and explained why I decided not to print it. 

    1. Adam says:

      Perhaps Stefan’s larger point is that it’s fairly simple to find someone’s personal information (address, etc.) once you know their name. Didn’t you realize this in your own search for John’s personal information? After all, all you started with was a necktie, right?

      1. Also Stefan says:

        Yea..  And the necktie is tightening around the neck of Aaron Gell. SOB isn’t patting himself on the back anymore over writing this story..  Is he?

    2. chiboy says:

      So you think untill you publish his address and perharps his phone number mr John would have been made public right? I think you were not thinking. The truth be told you are not a proffesional `cos if you are you would have known that the life of Mr John have been exposed to denger not only his life but that of those of his associates and family members alike. Perharps you think you were publishing riddle and jokes?

    3. Chimpydork says:

      Sleep well punk

    4. Huh says:

      You say the benefits of publishing this outweigh the cost. What benefit is their besides the fact that you guys intend to sell more copies? Well done on figuring out that his wife organized a fair. You’re ridiculous and pathetic.

      1. Longbow147 says:

        And that he is Catholic by use of the word “parish.”

      2. Saveit says:

        Do we really think Gell is the only one to figure this out?  Exposing this prevents it from happening again and may actually be a service to “John”, protecting him and his family from the unknown. 

      3. Nomad661 says:

         Shame, shame, shame on you, aarongell.

    5. Jwp339 says:

      Oh look at you, idiot. You didn’t publish his adress? Did you really have guts to reply insinuating youre now some kind of a victom? Your irresponsible writing has done more damaging to the man and his family than you can ever imagine, you idiot.

    6. Geronimo says:

      How very noble of you to “merely” print his middle name, his photo, various identifying details about him and his family, and a vain and self-congratulatory account of the ease with which his identity can be discovered. That must be one of the most ironic uses of the word “merely” in recorded history.

    7. TILIS says:

      Aaron, come on really?  You provided in hidden words enough information for ANYBODY to find this man.  You knew exactly what you were doing, and if there was anybody out there that wanted to harm this man, their investigative research just now got a little easier because of you.  You are no more American than Bin Laden himself.  You could have easily thought to yourself, “this may not be good for this man and his family, so I’m not doing the story”.  But no, you did, for your own personal gain. 

      Stefan, thanks for providing Aaron’s info.  I hope it forces him to move, change his number, fear for his family, and change his email address.  Then maybe he will know how CIA J. feels now.

      Peace, media whore. 

    8. nick says:

      well what if someone sees that yearbook picture, remembers him and decides to get his name from their yearbook, and release it? should’ve thought this through before posting all that.

    9. Cltrejh says:

      WOW!! You showed his face but decided to show a little mercy and not publish his address and phone number? How noble of you!!

    10. Dudesomd says:

       What goes around comes around.  You’ll suffer for this.  We’ll be reading about you and your demise.

    11. Oz says:

      I’ll be straightforward, you’re an idiot for posting something like this and risking this man’s life and his family’s life. Yeah, you didn’t post his name and address etc, but you posted everything else which basically identifies the guy, his and his family’s blood will be in your hands and the hands of whatever other media posts it up, your kind of reporting is an embarrassment to this country especially cuz all you’re looking for is ratings…IDIOTS!!!

    12. Ggoldbach says:

      You only showed a photo!

    13. Brad says:

      There isn’t anything else you could’ve wrote about? Sometimes what you don’t say is more powerful then what you do. Responsibility is having power over something, and knowing when to use it.
      You had the reasources and ability to find out information on this guy; and instead of being a stand-up person and turning away, you decided to write a “piece” on him. Not only did you dig into his personal life, but you decided to brag about it on the internet. This article is irresponsible and in bad taste.

    14. Jill7261 says:

      You really suck Arrongell!  I hate the media.  What the heck is wrong with you people?  Don’t you understand that you totally indangered his life and the lives of his family?  You really stink!  You and all the likes of you suck!

    15. Anonymous says:

      you DID out him nevertheless by using other information which targets him and his family shame on you. how would you like it if i did this to you and your family?

  21. Maatkare says:

    Dear Stefan,

    Can you do the same for the editor and publisher of this rag? 

    The Observer has demonstrated that it has no regard for human life.   

  22. Surferchickrufus says:

    Wow, this might have been the dumbest thing in journalism for 2011. No respectable paper would have put the picture of the guy, let alone his college grad pic. So the girl at huffpo gets fired for an aggregated story, and nothing happens for outing a CIA OFFICER for no reason, just to say that you did. You could have gone about the entire story in a different way, your no better than a tabloid.

  23. Peter says:

    You are a fucking ashole. really. Do you know what national security means? Do you know what his family and his wife feels now?

  24. Calumnyjane says:

    I’m confused.  If this guy’s picture was taken in the situation room the night Osama was killed, how was he involved in this?  He helped track him down?  Great.  I imagine lots of CIA folks worked on this. But he didn’t actually shoot him?  I thought this was about the guy who shot Obama.  That’s what I wanna know.  I’m so disappointed to have spent the last 15 minutes of my life on this. 

    Actually, I really don’t want to know who pulled the trigger.  I’d rather  imagine it was a mysterious ninja, faceless, nameless, and abs for days.   But I just don’t see how figuring out who the man in the yellow tie is considered such a scoop – I imagine everyone in that room is of some importance – are learning their identities fair game?

    1. Andrew Jones says:

      He’s the man who dedicated 10 years or so finding Bin Laden. He’s also the main guy who was informing the President about his whereabouts, and he was the man who wrote the letter to the President stating that they had found where he might be hiding.

      I would imagine that if his name were to get out, a whole slew of people associated with Bin Laden would like to “have a word with him.”

      So yeah, this article is pretty damn significant. In a bad way. And I’m disappointed that you are so flippant regarding this piece of “journalism.”

  25. CIA Counter Intelligence says:

    thats patriotism. Good Job New York Observer. – Hope the CIA give you an extrmely hard time!!! I hope that they beat the fucking crap out of the fucking author!

  26. Mark says:

    This article was an act of treason.

    1. CIA Counter Intelligence says:

      Pah act of treason, it was like peeing in in the face of the fallen. And Furthermore wipe his ass with the american flag. The author should be raped, shot dead, resuscitated and raped again….

      1. Anonymous says:

        If someone gets arrested for speculating about who’s in a photo that was released by the white house, then I will leave this country because that means we no longer have rights. If a government official identified him then that’s a different story, but if a citizen SPECULATES and create a conspiracy theory, he/she cannot be persecuted for that idiots.

      2. chiboy says:

        So it is your right now to use your freedom or whatever right you think you have now to endanger other peoples life becouse it is your profession to do so right? Please run away i beg you

      3. Out done! says:

        And kill yourself.

      4. DA50 says:

        Can’t we just send him to meet some Al quiada right in thier camps,so he can give them all he wants ,face to face.( And leave him there.)Hell…send his whole family one way to Attabodabad. Media creeps me out.

    2. Ray says:

      What an idiotic thing to say. Obviously, if they can do it, then anyone can do it. So better if we know that this can be done than not. They did nit reveal his name, and they only used publicly available information. An act of treason would be to pretend it can’t be done and look the other way while the real terroritsts figure him out.

      1. Anonymous says:

        the real problem as i see it is the retard who included his photo in with lou panetta’s and outted him with the photo op. that guy is the real idiot who outted him but aarongell helped. because he is a retard news whore…..

  27. guest says:

    oh please people as if though you spare other people. its a business, its a job. the US shouldnt have been so careless – but hey, swagger is what it is. this guy is a reporter – if they didnt report it, they wouldve been damned, now they did, they are still damned. maybe the CIA can hire you to look up stuff for them too.

  28. Julia Schwartz says:

    nice photoshopping

  29. Adam says:

    This article is a waste of journalistic talent. Why don’t you spend your time doing something of value? Why do we need to know who this guy is? Maybe we deserve to know more about this whole bin Laden sting and the CIA’s activities in Afghanistan/Pakistan and other countries, but we don’t need to know this guy’s identity.

  30. Julia Schwartz says:

    Seriously, look at the nice of the guy’s head and body compared to Panetta and Clinton!

  31. Adam says:

    This article is a waste of journalistic talent. Why don’t you spend your time doing something of value? Why do we need to know who this guy is? Maybe we deserve to know more about this whole bin Laden sting and the CIA’s activities in Afghanistan/Pakistan and other countries, but we don’t need to know this guy’s identity. Obviously, people (including the media) want to do what’s right in most cases, but this is a classic example of someone overstepping the boundaries and giving into their worst inclinations in order to create something they know everyone is willing to look at. We may all be jerks for reading this, but you started the ball rolling, Aaron Gell. Or should I say, douchebag extraordinaire. Oh, and the same goes for the Observer editorial team for actually letting you do this.

  32. Motown Larry says:

    With a little “luck,” maybe they’ll kill his wife and children.  

    Thanks for nothing – media sons of bitches!!

  33. PCoJorge says:

    Stefan,
    As I read through both Mr. Gell’s exploitative piece and your targeted response, I have to admit it refreshing to watch the grenade tossed back before its detonation!

    Aaron, although covered in the guise of journalist, in actuality more fits the title of sensationalist.  I do hope the resolve of your words and the response haunts your world with equal aplomb.

    Good work, Stefan.

    1. Chimpydork says:

      I hope lots of folks will be calling you often, call you soon,  calling you late.   You “exposed” more than enough to endanger this man’s life.   

      You deserve what you get, as do all traitors and media attention whores.

      1. Chimpydork says:

        This (above) is meant for aaron gell, not PCoJorge

      2. Sktb24 says:

         Change your name to Benedict Arnold you traitor. Why do you think you accomplished something here. Bobby Knight was right !!  Your profession is one step above prostitution.
        He acted in our best interest and you seem to derive glee from exposing him.

      3.  “He acted in our best interest” is such a tired out phrase that it carries no solid meaning anymore. And it is wild speculation for no reason. This guy is acting in his own interests, getting paid. Think he cares about you? That’s a joke.

      4. Peergin says:

        One step above prostitution? I beg your pardon. I think you meant one step BELOW prostitution. 

    2. Anonymous says:

      well now why then are you reading this story? are you not one of those who are interested enough in reading this sotry also to the point of knowing crap you ought not to be knowing ?

  34. Israelortiz107 says:

    Are you serious about putting this article out in public?  You should be considered a traitor!  What a shame!

  35. Israelortiz107 says:

    brilliant! 

  36. Israelortiz107 says:

    brilliant! 

  37. PCoJorge says:

    Aaron… you’re kidding me, right?!  I know you feel somehow justified in only REPEATING what you’ve heard (or, at least that’s the bent you’re apparently taking here); however, the sensationalism you’ve prepared has furthered both the exploitation of a genuine hero of the “silent sect,” as well as given full exposure to this man’s private world.

    I hope in no small way that Stephen’s post entry, below, pays you a like dividend of return of investment.

    In my many years serving as a United States Marine, I was always amazed in how important a thing -our democracy- was in defending even those given birth in the dung-heap of our society.  Surely, yours would be a classic case study.

  38. Steve says:

    stupid artilce. I read out of curiousity.  Revealing the guy’s photo only nakes it a matter of time b/f his full name and info is released online, this makes it very likely that he will be target of reprisal attack.  There is a fine line b/w public’s right to know and individual’s right to privacy/security, it seems this article was possible b/c at least a few people were cavalier about crossing that line, but of course it is not their *ss that is now in danger.  Just goes to show that freedom of the press, like all other freedoms, can be corrupted by one’s freedom to be stupid.   

  39. chiboy says:

    I simply call the people who made this guy public witch jounalist who are only out there to blow there own trumpet irespective of whom it hots. that is brassen crass irresponsibility of a jounalism. Infact they should go and start praying to whatever they believe in to protect the life of this fine Agent `cos any day harm comes to him or his family members or friends as a result of this publication hisor their blood will be on their head.

  40. saddened says:

    I have to say, the White House should be ashamed for putting this photo online.  But Aaron Gell should also be ashamed for perpetuating it.  What’s the point of contributing to the identification of a man who’s entire family is now in danger?  A man who is a hero in every sense of the word.  If there was a reason to yell fire here, then by all means do it, but there was no need whatsoever.  I honestly would not be able to sleep at night knowing that I contributed to the incredible stress that now lays squarely on the back of this man, and his family.

  41. Dee says:

    The immorality of this article along with the other media it cites is beyond comprehension. Are you proud of ruining the lives of little kids, Aaron Gell?

  42. Tat_fan says:

    Hint: Aaron Gell knows who this guy is. Maybe when he’s the one being asked at the end of a knife for an answer to the question, and his family is now in danger, he won’t be so quick to write something like this again. I have complete faith that the CIA has taken every measure to ensure the man in the yellow tie’s and his family’s safety.

  43. Gerald O'Hare says:

    Interesting story though. I question its validity. Isn’t he too young to be so high up in the CIA and isn’t it all too easy to match someone with a yellow tie. Give me a break this is contrived to send people looking in another direction. I have real doubts about this  story. It could be a trap to ambush some terrorists by leading them to a certain location.

  44. yojo says:

    The guy is a hero, and you sonsabeetches are exactly that, sonsabeetches who do not care one bit about another man’s family, children, or future as long as you can get your papers sold and your pulitzers and feed your ego.
    You don’t hold a candle to the man.

  45. Shame on you NYO – you have sold your soul for banner ad impressions

  46. Jamie says:

    Now that we know who this guy is, it’s high time we throw him a parade!

    Way to go, ‘John’!!

  47. DWFechter says:

    How disgusting that man and his family are in mortal danger. How would the reporters turn on such a man who has given everything to get Obama.

    Dave Fechter,  CPA
    Folsom, California

  48. Nikki says:

    You know what floors me about all of this…

    Its this type of media outlet that shouts from the rooftops, “Free Speech! Right to know!” and rallies against ending the war and all the other leftist BS out there, yet at the same time with stories like this you are merely perpetuating the same violence you so strongly oppose.

    As a military wife, I find your behavior and the reporting of this article disgusting and embarrassing to our country.  My husbands, thousands of other military members, and men and women like “John” work tirelessly to protect you and your family and this is how you repay them.  By bragging that you could hand out their names and personal information to those most dangerous to them.

    “Bring home our troops!  And while we’re at here are the coordinates for the military base, so  you can really stick it to us Americans.  And hey, its all good…freedom of press, right to know, so I’m cool.”

    Congratulations, you’re smarter than our government by figuring out who the man in the yellow tie is.  Pin a rose to your nose.

    You may be clever and you may have an outlet to showcase how fantastic you are, but what you’ve really done is show how very little you care about the men and women who protect and fight for our country.  How oh-so very patriotic of you.  

  49. DJ says:

    I am appalled that you would risk this man’s life for sensationalism. If he is killed because of this, his blood is on your hands. I guess that makes you the hero, huh? 

    1. Anonymous says:

      why then are you reading this story? are you not a part of the problem too? however, i guess you like reading this sensationalism. andwhy is John  at risk more than any other man who works for the CIA? anyone it seems can look up anything at any time about any person and target them if that is their quest. all this man has to do is change his name and move to another neighborhood and he will be safe from nutjobs.

      1. Nancy says:

        OMG! I can’t believe you just ask why John would be at risk more than any other CIA!  Ever heard of Al Queida? Ever heard of Jhad? Ever heard of Radical Islamists? C’mon…you can’t be that obtuse to the significance of the take down of Bin Laden.  Why do celebrities make the news and not my neighbor when they divorce…it’s because there is a very strong status among celebrities.  Doesn’t make it right but it does exist.  To expose a path leading to the man that hunted down  Bin Laden has great meaning and significance to all.  I would be safe to say you may have been smoking bad dope.  Why don’t you change your name to “TheresSomethingwrongwme” and move to another country.  Just sayin. 

      2. Anonymous says:

        nancy the real person who outted john was the man who took his photo op, if it were not for him, arron would not have been able to sleuth him like he did. that man who took his photo should be brought up on treason, arron merely showed how easy it is with so little to go on how to nail someone and put 2+2 together, keep your wits about you please.

      3. Lol says:

        That’s  really a retarded argument. “You are a part of the problem –> you are the problem”.
        Yes, I am reading it, yes I do like sensationalism, and yes, I might be at the demand side of the problem.
        But what significance does this fact (that you have astutely observed, Mr. Captain Obvious) have on Mr. Aaron Gell writing this irresponsible piece that have endangered the life of this guy and his family, and his loved ones, just to get some recognition as a journalist.
        I’ll tell you: None. You know why? Just because some people create an economic and social incentive for you to perform an action x, that doesn’t mean that you will inevitably perform the action x. Because you are a fcking human being who is capable of making ethical choices, especially when the minimal utility you self-provide comes at the expanse of other people being killed.

        And if you still say that the real problem is the people who are reading this, and that the journalist is nothing but “the victim who had no chance but to make this story because there is demand for it”, than you say that people who are producing Child Porn is not the main problem, and the real problem comes from people who are genetically endowed with pedophilia.

    2. Anonymous says:

      the real retard who outted him was the photo and the jerk who took it to show him off in some kind of ”concealed” way. arrongell just used his two cents to sleuth him to show that anyone can do this but he took it too far. but thanks to the ass who did the photo op then arron would not have been able to sleuth him under any circumstances. so if anyone, to blast find out arron the name of the photoghper….

      1. rob komin says:

        don rooks is niether an agent or anyone of real value, nor is the ‘r’ word acceptable to most. he’s a guy who happened to know a high level pawn and tried to serve that for an endless procession of protection, protection from serious assualt, narcotics and weapons charges.

    3. Dark Angel says:

      Well said sir ….. well said!

  50. George says:

     This is so typical of the Liberal Media Elite Intelligentsia.  They sought out this man so as to issue his Death Warrant.

  51. Kay says:

    If anything happens to this man or his family the people who went hunting and published his name should be held responsible and prosecuted.  It is media action such as this that is completely irresponsible.  The public did not need to know this man’s name.  It is enough to know that there is someone like him working behind the scenes.   

    Why on earth would you do something like that knowing it might put him in danger? It was selfish and at least bordering on negligence.

  52. DC_Talk1990 says:

    You idiots.  I hope you go to jail.

  53. LS says:

    Suggest wider distribution of  the address of  “AP Aaron” at 1714 11TH  BROOKLYN, NY  11218…..
    “merely” to ensure that more people are aware of  “AP Aaron’s” address at 1714 11TH  BROOKLYN, NY  11218 so that the local neighbor watch can keep track of all the curiosity seekerswho may come by 1714 11TH  BROOKLYN, NY  11218 And  just to make sure that everyone who knows  that “AP Aaron” lives at 1714 11TH  BROOKLYN, NY  11218,is to be perfectly clear on the fact that even though they now may know exactly where “AP Aaron” lives (1714 11TH  BROOKLYN, NY  11218), we all have “decided” not to bother him.  
    Not that you weren’t already, but sleep well Mr Gel. 

  54. Not Real says:

    “…by mistake, by a collection of bumbling bureaucrats who just want a little credit when things go their way.”

    After more than a decade in gov’t, I can confirm that the wild conspiracy theories imagined by the private sector are NEVER as sexy in real life as they are in the movies, or even basic cable for that matter. But bumbling management trying to capitalize & win recognition for a big success in their tiny little sphere of influence? Alllllll the damn time! 

    Should “John” and his colleagues have known better? Done a better job of
    maintaining his anonymity? Yes, absolutely.  Does their lapse entitle you or anybody else to endanger him and his family? No, it
    does not.

    You have exponentially widened the circle of people who know who he is
    & what he does – every other  parent, youth basketball coach &
    school janitor will know. They might not be Muslim extremists bent on
    revenge, but maybe they just like to gossip, or maybe they’re hard up for cash & willing to share
    innocuous information w/strangers in these tough economic times. Exactly the kind of simple connections that led to Bin Laden in the
    first place. Did you account for that during your flimsy moral waffling,
    or did you just count your own paycheck & feel important for a bit?

    Your concern shouldn’t have been “could we get sued for this? Let’s check Wikipedia!” It SHOULD have been, “Holy $h1t this information could seriously get  this guy, his wife, and his kid killed.” Is it likely? Probably not. Who knows – but your saying things like “well, that law doesn’t apply to us so we still could…” proves that you care only about the benefits to yourself. Sad. Think a little bigger next time.

  55. N03369 says:

    What was your point in revealing the identity of this man. You have now comprimsed his career and made him a target for terrorists! Do you guys work for R. Murdoch?

  56. Bobnpath says:

    this is wrong. ” journalism” has become intelligence for the enemy.

  57. Alavj says:

    You may have well put a target on this guy and his family but I tell/remind you this, that you could well have put a target on your(s) back as well. It’s called retribution … a friend or relative.

  58. Roland says:

    He didn’t start with a necktie. He learned the name from someone. Of course it was easy for him to find “John” once he found the name. But why did he go through this exercise? Another news organization had already learned John’s real name? So none of this was a revelation. He merely reported what had already been reported. And then decided to brag about it in his article and scare the crap out of John’s family.

  59. Hns_crews says:

    I would like to know, why the media is using the excuse that there is freedom of the press. What about the individual’s & his family’s freedom also. The nwes not the news as we once knew it but, it is all media grandstanding trying to see who can outdo who. Let;s go back and reread the constitution and see if we can live by it. Let’s first and foremost put God back wher he belongs in our counrty and then give people a sense of pride in our country. I served in the military as did my brother and two neices and I would not their lives put in jeopardy because of some reporter’s desire for headlines.Haven’t we done enough to our young men and women who serve our nation at this critical time in history. And if this young man or any member of his family is injured or killed because of this  then,  the reporter and his paper should be sued to the limit or boycotted as a news source.

  60. Denizio says:

    And of course, the press reveal who he is.  You can always count on the press to keep a secret.
    Sure put the man and him family in danger.

  61. Lurk McGurk says:

    This is the most outrageous show of inconsideration and disrespect for those whose ONLY job in the world is to protect us. Yes, us. That includes the people involved in showing his face all over the place. Yeah, you’ve got free speech protecting you but at what cost? Good job. If anything happens to him or the people he loves because of this, the blood will be on your hands.

  62. DA50 says:

    It seems to me, the “writers” of such information should have the privalage of delivering thier stories in person to our adversaries in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. It may even be in the budgets of the C.I.A.,F.B.I,or N.S.A. to send them, one way ,to the places that would surely welcome them with open ……arms?

  63. Denizio says:

    And what if it is not the man that they have identified as being “the man”.  Now they have put an innocent man in danger.  Where is their brain?  What are they thinking?

  64. Denizio says:

    And what if it is not the man that they have identified as being “the man”.  Now they have put an innocent man in danger.  Where is their brain?  What are they thinking?

  65. The people and the company as well, who published this article are SICK, ROTTEN, SKUMBAGS !!!
    To jeopardize this gentleman’s life as well as the lives of his family, just for the sake of an article, is really really SICK. This person has spent much of his life trying to defend and protect this country. To be paid back, by being outed by this publication is a real shame. Do u realize how much danger this will bring his wife and children ? This man has done a great thing for his country and this is how he is paid back.  You guys should really be ashamed of yourselves. I will only hope that one day your family is put in jeopardy and u can learn and feel , how this man must feel now !!! U reporters really make me sick !!! The entire country should boycott any articles written by this reporter and boycott the publishing company and any other companies they may own. This is the only way they will feel it. PLEASE all Americans boycott this company(and all its holdings)  and the  writer as well !!!!!

    1. Cltrejh says:

      I totally agree Brian!  I say we start right NOW!!! I’m sending out an email blast to everyone I know begging them to not buy or read this paper!!! Also send emails & call the paper to voice opinions and disgust!!   Our men & women put their lives on the line for us daily & this is how we repay them? 

  66. Anonymous says:

    I wanted to respond to some of the commenters who have been upset by my story.

    I do understand this point of view, and I know that some readers will never be agree with the decision we made to publish the story.

    However I think there are a few points worth remembering:

    • Nothing in the piece makes John any more identifiable than the information that was previously published.

    • If not for the Associated Press story—which was written with the cooperation of numerous senior intelligence officials, who well understand these risks—none of us would know of the importance of John’s role.

    • If not for the release of John’s Situation Room photographs by White House officials—who also understand the risks—we would not know what he looks like.• Any terrorist who wished to use this information to target John would have done so quietly, without publishing an article or contacting the CIA. By bringing the situation to light, this piece as well as articles by Cryptome and Gawker made the risks to John clear, so they could be mitigated. • As my story indicates, the potential exposure of John appears to be the result of a number of mistakes made by government officials. If anything, bringing such sloppiness to light will encourage these officials to be more careful with such information in the future.Aaron Gell

    1. Cltrejh says:

      IDIOT!!! NO EXCUSE!!!!

    2. Sharkels99 says:

      Aaron, nothing like compounding unconscionable behavior by attempting to pass the blame to everyone else.  Worse even is having the audacity to pat yourself on the back for your own irresponsible and reckless behavior. Much  erotion of public trust is based on a growing  trend by news media to embrace and report blatant distortions and sensationalism for the sake of ratings and entertainment value.  Your piece is a prime example of this shameful behavior.  The blood of dedicated professionals could well end up on your hands.  In the end, what your expose’  most exposed was your professional immaturity and grossly over-inflated ego.

    3. Not Aaron Gell says:

      Who elected you to “bring such sloppiness to light” at the expense of a good American man and his family?  Your response confirms your overweening arrogance.

    4. BossFSwag says:

      My God dude, are you serious right now? Nevermind the coldness of concious of the people that pursued this story, how could anyone here even allow for a comments section to be on this story. Your just as guilty as anyone here that provides more information to this story because someone happens to know his kids basketball schedule. And on top of that you won’t know about the blood you have on your hands until Wikileaks publishes an article 2 years from now explaining that his outing got 6 pakistani officials assasinated for there dealings with this guy. But we needed to know about some guys yellow tie being in a picture right? I’m sure the ISI could have clearly dug up all this detailed info on thier own from a tie. As an American I would have went to the White House directly not published an article for the world. Screw you dude.

    5. Sevgi says:

      You must be so disappointed to see all these people’s reactions… Because you must think you’re a national hero for pointing out someone’s mistake. If you wanted to point out your government officials’ mistake, you could have done your research, gone to the officials, told them to take the infamous picture off of flicker, made them aware that this John guy might be in danger because of their stupidity, and made the same exact point- without letting millions of other people know about it. Your freedom of speech stops being a freedom once it affects someone else’s freedom. You are an idiot. Congratulations on your big-hit story. 

    6. Sachma_saphan says:

      You must be so disappointed to see all these people’s reactions…
      Because you must think you’re a national hero for pointing out someone’s
      mistake. If you wanted to point out your government officials’ mistake,
      you could have done your research, gone to the officials, told them to
      take the infamous picture off of flicker, made them aware that this John
      guy might be in danger because of them, and made the same exact point-
      without letting millions of other people know about it. Your freedom of
      speech stops being a freedom once it affects someone else’s freedom.
      Congratulations on your big-hit story…

    7. Udontdeservemyinfo says:

      You sir are an IDIOT!!!!!

    8. angmck says:

      Wow, your parents never taught you how to take responsibility for YOUR own actions, huh?  I bet you were the sibling always getting away with murder, blaming your other siblings left a right for all of your wrong-doings.  
      There’s nothing more pathetic on this Earth than self-serving, self-righteous a holes like yourself, who seem to think you are some kind of Gods that can do no wrong.  I hope this article ruins your career, you are no better than the tabloids.

  67. Kcsplash says:

    Hopefully you vanish and nothing is printed. Better yet, someone you care about! 

  68. Samuel says:

    Where is the coment from Stefan refferredto in these posts and who removed it and why?

  69. Satan says:

    nice job a$$hole, now every crazy terrorist will be gunning for this poor soul and his family. Nice job!

  70. Anonymous says:

    Testing.

  71. KL says:

    That’s interesting….I can’t seem to find this Stefan’s response.  Could it have been removed?  What a surprise.  Shame!!

  72. Macerov says:

    you people disgust me

  73. M says:

    Its funny how Aaron Gell is quick to reveal someone else’s personal information, but had Stefan’s comment (with Aaron’s personal info) quickly removed.  You’re pathetic!

    1. Anonymous says:

      There’s a key difference: We didn’t publish the man’s address, his name, his phone number or any other identifiable information.

      1. Cltrejh says:

        You need to shut up!! You’ve done enough damage already!!!!

      2. None says:

        Please shut up and go to hell… you’re sad!

      3. None says:

        Please shut up and go to hell… you’re sad!

  74. Apracticalmatter says:

    any rat that exposes the man responsible for finding bin laden should be charged and tried and then promptly hung

  75. Why was my comment taken down ??????? The fear of a boycott ??? So much for my freedom of speech !!! I guess freedom of speech only exists on your side. When u see something u do not like , u just take the post down !!! Once again all Americans should boycott this publishing company and all of its holdings as well as the writer of the article.  The only way they will learn is to hit them where it hurts, in the pocketbook !!!! Please, ,All AMERICANS  never again read ANYTHING written by this so called reporter !!!!!

    1. Cltrejh says:

      I agree Brian!!

  76. Jim says:

    I hope that someone takes you to the tribal area of Pakistan and drops you there to face what you deserve.  You are the scum of the earth to put this man and his family in danger so you can sell papers. 

  77. Dood says:

    What an irresponsible article to cover.  The reason why you and your loved ones are still alive and well is because of the work of this guy and others like him.

    This is the equivalent of stabbing him in the back.

    How low can you go?

  78. Jloveusa says:

    this whole deal makes me ill to my stomach! right down the line from the Obama admin. putting all these stories, names and photo’s out there right after the event to bolster his name and job approval numbers, then these two or more “journalist” media types that felt compelled to pick apart all of this information, that should never have been placed out there, simply to write their stories, regardless of who’s lives it might hurt, or ruin by doing so! but we have to place the most blame squarly where it belongs and that is with the administration for using these peoples lives for purely political purpose’s? everyone that touched this stuff from up high all the way down to these sleazy “journalists” in my opinion should be sitting in jail about now, and or impeached.  this is serious stuff these people have engaged in, not something meant for fun! its on a need to know and most people simply do not need to know!  loose lip’s sink ship’s and these people have loose lip’s!

  79. Cltrejh says:

    Are you crazy???? You have put this man & his family in danger! All for a story OMG!!!! Men who put their lives at risk for our security should be protected.  I say to all who read your paper let’s boycott and shut them down!!!!

  80. Oldsalt47 says:

     both “author” of story and web site should be jailed and tried for treason !!  Absolutely the most egregious violation of civil rights and privacy in recent history

  81. Oldsalt47 says:

     both “author” of story and web site should be jailed and tried for treason !!  Absolutely the most egregious violation of civil rights and privacy in recent history

  82. Oldsalt47 says:

     both “author” of story and web site should be jailed and tried for treason !!  Absolutely the most egregious violation of civil rights and privacy in recent history

  83. Oldsalt47 says:

     both “author” of story and web site should be jailed and tried for treason !!  Absolutely the most egregious violation of civil rights and privacy in recent history

  84. Herrin Res says:

    I am ashamed to be a part of the media that hunts down people that hunt down terrorists instead of actually doing something good in their own community by reporting FACTS and helping local agencies fight crime. If this Woodward wanna-be focused as much on reporting on criminal activity in his media market as he did tracking down this guy wouldn’t the world just be so much happier? Ethics does not exist in print I suppose, what was I thinking? To excuse the actions of an over zealous reporter because the internet is not ‘private property’ and gal-darnit I have a right to know the fella that killed us a Bin Laden, is foolish at best, and puts the private lives of private people doing their jobs in the public eye for scrutiny and dare I say, revenge and retribution from the VERY people the CIA sought to capture. Who’s side are you on journalists? You want the story so bad you’ll risk people’s lives and very well being because you just want to know? Just have to know? He was too busy thinking that just because he could doesn’t mean that he should! So now that you know who this man is what will it give you? Piece of mind, a notch on your desk or dusty AP award? No it makes you an irresponsible journalist with no morals, ethics or downright common sense.

  85. Cltrejh says:

    How about showing your face idiot!!!!! I don’t see your face on your profile????? you are protecting your self  yet have no problem exposing someone who helps protect our country!! Your explantation is weak and lame.  There is no excuse that you could ever give that makes what you have done right.  BOYCOTT!!!!

  86. Shafer833 says:

    You’re a jackass. Justify all you want, you are handing this guy to Al Qaeda on a plate. What is wrong with our frigging country? Stop talking about HOW we got bin Laden. 

    This is about the third or fourth story regarding our intelligence efforts that never should have been published, and it is by far the worst. How are we ever going to carry out future operations, when clowns like you reveal every detail?

  87. Vinciwood says:

    What is the point. You are sorry bastards.   I will make note of any advertisers associatd with your publication and avoid them like the plague!

  88. Kenny says:

    This is like WWE wrestling. Vince McMahon basically making his next big time Superstar.

  89. Forsakenfilms says:

    Wonderful. You just signed this man’s death warrant, and needlessly endangered his family. This is irresponsible journalism at its worst!

  90. Telly says:

    You fool;

     I trust you are  now satisfied that you have given this person and his family a death sentence.  Now you can go home and check your Facebook friends and see if they are impressed with you “accomplishment”

  91. Bml says:

    God almighty what are you doing? You are going to get people killed. You make me sick…..

  92. Guest says:

    Shame on you.
    I will never read your pathetic paper again.

  93. Guest says:

    Shame on you.
    I will never read your pathetic paper again.

  94. Bisbell59 says:

    How arrogant of you.  Whether it’s true or not or possible or not, for someone’s life to be compromised or possibly threatened by your article is below despicable on your part.  I wish the media would grow up.

  95. Bisbell59 says:

    How arrogant of you.  Whether it’s true or not or possible or not, for someone’s life to be compromised or possibly threatened by your article is below despicable on your part.  I wish the media would grow up.

  96. Bigcity says:

    This makes real sense that someone would want to out the guy that found bin laden thinking this has to do with exposing government secrets, this has nothing to do with government secrets, doesn’t he know the difference. To me this all this has to do with bragging to your colleagues and for the news paper (observer) to sell a few more worthless prints. 

  97. BT says:

    Please post your picture so we can find you.  Too bad you are so insignificant and can sleep at night and not have to look over your shoulder due to the J.O.B. you have.  It’s time we cut the media out of everything and then these things don’t occur.

  98. Racefantom17 says:

    I bet they will idenify the soilder who did the deed!

  99. Pdxgoldwing says:

    The sad thing for me is I spent 29yrs,9mos,and 12 days in the service of this great country. I did it so people around the world would have the freedoms we enjoy. Freedoms to say what we please, freedom of the press. But when you put someone’s life and their family in jeopardy, It was wasted time for me. You, in my opinion, acted selfishly. I pray there will be no fallout from this debacle you created. Sleep well, your freedoms and freedom is safe and secure. Just don’t abuse them. they are precious things not to be squandered for self gain.

  100. Rottie_j says:

    yea, this is pathetic. You may have well just helped avenge Bin Laden’s death. FREAKING IDIOTS! His family as too.. I hope  the money was worth it  you piece of trash.

  101. BT says:

    Sooooo Aaron. Care if we put your picture up for all to see?

  102. Wyldrumpus says:

    absurd. hope you get charged with treason and disappear into the rendition program. sh* t bag

  103. Sharkels99 says:

    In his article Mr. Gell admits that one of his previous highs in journalism involved outing a Hollywood tryst.  Sometimes it is best if a person recognizes their limitations and stays within them.  Sensationalism and responsible journalism are not related. He blames the government.  He blames the AP.  He blames these institutions for recognizing a job well done and celebrating a history changing event.  Then he has the audacity to take  credit for a simple hack job that went beyond a faceless photo and a nameless hero to expose a secretive operative and, by association, his contacts to every career ending, possibly life-ending, threat out there.  Mr. Gell should read the first paragraph of his article and recognize that the only one here who shared something better kept to himself, who didn’t check his privacy settings, and who showed off way too much skin,  was him. 

  104. Johnj702 says:

    What an asshole you are

  105. guest says:

    i honestly don’t even care to read the rest of this article! i am disguested, shouldn’t we protect our own not serve them up on a platter to be murdered!??

  106. Lvdanrussell says:

    When you get killed by the hit & run car, anyone who has ever been in a dangerous position will be rejoicing; you say you did this because it was necessary. You did it for the sport, for the game, you two-bit whore.

  107. rob says:

    Thanks for risking a mans like to save your ego douche bag.

  108. JColeNCFans says:

    My God dude, are you serious right now? Nevermind the coldness of concious of the people that pursued this stor, how could anyone here even allow for a comments section to be on this story. Your just as guilty as anyone here that provides more information to this story because someone happens to know his kids basketball schedule. And on top of that you won’t know about the blood you have on your hands until Wikileaks publishes an article 2 years from now explaining that his outing got 6 pakistani officials assasinated for there dealings with this guy. But we needed to know about some guys yellow tie being in a picture right? I’m sure the ISI could have clearly dug up all this info on thier own. Screw you dude.

  109. Danclay2klb says:

    This is no more than a journalistic drive by shooting.  The writer of the “expose” should be brought to a more severe justice than he has set this agent up to face.

  110. Wes says:

    Hopefully this man’s not killed because of your “detective” work… You posted his picture, end of story.  That’s plenty to find out who he is.  I hope there’s no blood on your hands from this.

  111. Wes says:

    Hopefully this man’s not killed because of your “detective” work… You posted his picture, end of story.  That’s plenty to find out who he is.  I hope there’s no blood on your hands from this.

  112. what do you think says:

    Media scum bags… Self serving parasites.

  113. H.B. Tony says:

    Your Awesome Buddy………..

  114. think before you act. you are playing with someones life.

  115. H.B. Tony says:

    YOUR AWESOME BUDDY………GREAT JOB…

  116. Ross says:

    Just because you never amounted to anything, it doesn’t give you the right to put  man’s life at risk. No one will remember you wrote this story 5 years from now because no one remembers cowards that sit behind a desk and knows nothing about loyalty or protecting another person. If this guy dies you should be thrown in jail for murder! You have become a bigger scumbag than Casey Anthony!

  117. Ross says:

    Just because you never amounted to anything, it doesn’t give you the right to put  man’s life at risk. No one will remember you wrote this story 5 years from now because no one remembers cowards that sit behind a desk and knows nothing about loyalty or protecting another person. If this guy dies you should be thrown in jail for murder! You have become a bigger scumbag than Casey Anthony!

  118. Ross says:

    Just because you never amounted to anything, it doesn’t give you the right to put  man’s life at risk. No one will remember you wrote this story 5 years from now because no one remembers cowards that sit behind a desk and knows nothing about loyalty or protecting another person. If this guy dies you should be thrown in jail for murder! You have become a bigger scumbag than Casey Anthony!

  119. Guest says:

    I know that we, as Americans, like to publish everything, but we can get a bit carried away with foolishness. What we do and who we hide has relevance for many reasons. While I will not go into those reasons, lets keep in mind that we do not want to make our people targets. If you hesitate to do something than obviously there is something wrong or that little voice in your head is warning you to think twice about your decisions. While you may seem think you are doing us all a favor, sorry but you are not. Always remember to  put yourself in his position and try to think of why things are done a certain way, then you proceed with your smart or foolish findings.

  120. JoeE71 says:

    I hate it when the media decides the fate of others and says it is not their problem what happens to them.  Shame on them!

  121. John Young deserves to go to jail. And shame on you Sir, for following it up. 

  122. tony m says:

    leave it to the media, once again, to reveal our nations secrets and how we do things, just give our adversaries more ammo. Then when we get struck or more Americans die, they will continue to blame the government when in all they just can’t keep thier mouths shut and all they have to say is that they are “excersing thier amendment rights”..yeh B.S.!!!

  123. Quest4purity says:

    John Young is a piece of shit traitor and we are at war. One in the back of the head for traitors. And another one for the other wikileaks scumbag, Julian Assange. 

  124. Travis says:

    This is clearly espionage and treachery on the part of the “journalists”.

  125. Illender says:

    How dumb can you be… This is a man who has dedicated his life to the protection of others and this is how he is repaid?… You should watch your back, he found OBL he can find you… Dumbshits…

  126. Guest says:

    You are a HORRIBLE person for publishing this information. As an American, I would expect you to respect this man and his family for what has been done for this country. You have now destroyed his life and out him and his family in danger! You should be ashamed and you will live with this guilt the rest of your sad life! Find a new job, because America does not want to hear about you putting everyones life in danger that trys to help fight terrorism!!!

  127. barry says:

    cryptome,huh?maybe we’re smart enuf 2 uze dat friggin shite  as a misinfoleak

  128. Jeff says:

    You should be ashamed of yourselves, risking not only this man’s life, but his family’s as well.  You’re despicable.

  129. Guest says:

    Who says he was killed? Oh the “President”? BS! He and his New World Order mates can go to hell I ain’t falling for that obvious cover up lie

  130. Guest says:

    You are such a dumb ass. Risking American lives just so you can get ahead in your career. What a waste of a person.

  131. BSwack04 says:

    You idiots!! Not everything has to be public!! Now this guys life is in danger. THis is why reporters have a bad reputation. I cant belive how irresponsible you are. You must be owned by Murdoch to pull a stunt like this. Scratch that I dont think even he would pull a stunt like this. If anything happens to this man now his blood is on your hands!!

  132. JIM says:

    YOU ARE A DISGRACE FOR RELEASING THIS AGENT

  133. Justwrite2009-shop says:

    This man’s blood is on your hands…or his wife’s or his son’s. What has happened to journalism in the USA?

  134. swach says:

    not to give an excuse but look at the bright side

    If some guy who had no reason to do this other than “just because” could expose John then I am pretty sure that Al Queda could do also do this. The only difference is that we would only know that Al Queda did this after the killed the guy.

    The information wasn’t secure. We shouldn’t yell at these people for exposing our weaknesses. We should look at ourselves and try to better secure our information. We should yell at the Obama administration that put his photo onto Flickr.  Ignoring out weaknesses will not help us. 

    However, the way the handled it badly. What you do is call Langley, like they did, and tell them to stop being stupid and actually protect our heros. 

    1. Megapril says:

      Exactly, all of this stems from the fact the obama administration wanted more publicity and exposure for the OBL mission. Especially during campaign mode (which is all he will be in from now on).

  135. To John Young I hope nothing happens to this Great American.If something happened to John because of your stupdity I hope the American Public  goes to your house for a good old fashion Lynching.

  136. Amicam Bar-gill says:

    lol ! what are you doing ?this guy sopose to be in shadows… in the name of free jurnalism you are risking this man’s life ? well done, you got your scoop… i m sure this “john” owes you a lot now.

  137. Disgusted says:

    Absolutely disgusted with the media !!!

    There should be some limits set as to what can and can’t be published!!!

    Does this guy feel any accountability for his actions, and has he considered the consequences that his story may trigger? 
    Appearantly very few “journalists” do this these days…

  138. Mary says:

    We are now entering into a whole new world. A world that lacks any morality. When sociopaths kill, we want justice. When an arrogant media personality like John Young risks the life of a man, his wife and kids, we should also want justice. Our society doesn’t seem to recognize the effects of the news media, social media, violent gaming and paparazzi in dehumanizing  those we don’t know in their efforts to make money or grow their power and influence over others. The word shameful doesn’t adequately describe those people who can’t see or don’t care about the consequences of their actions. This is not Wiki leaks. This is a killer using the media to kill without getting the actual blood on his own hands. 

  139. Bobbie607 says:

    If this guy is so smart what didn’t he track down  Bin Laden? All it took was some Miss Marple reasoning. This ……is far from caring about comments he put a target on the back of a real american. Anyone who could do that in the first place is a non person. Who would do that? Maybe his wife & kids will be with him if he gets taken out that will be a real story won’t it? Let’s use our power and stop buying or supporting this kind of thing. Money& their 15 minutes of fame is the only thing they care about. Let’s not give it to them. We the people can stop this. Someone should put a sign on his back that simply says press. The way people are today about the press  it might as well say plague. That’s what people who would this do are anyway. He can justify it until hell freezes.

  140. Elizabeth says:

    After this I am no longer reading this publication.

  141. Chelle_US says:

    I thought the US media had sunk as low is it could go. I was mistaken. I see the enemy, and the enemy is us.

  142. Psi_search2008 says:

    You people are a bunch of F.u.c.k.s. You should be tried and executed for treason.

  143. Bjgriffin says:

    I am disgusted that you would put your curiousity and need for the limelight over the welfare of this man and his family. This is not a digital game…….these are living people who will be in danger.  You can sit comfortably in an air conditioner room in front of your computer and feel superior for your sleuthing, but you are absolutely WRONG to put these people in harm’s way. Shame on you!

  144. Tex says:

    Yes, it was a no-brainer to figure out, and it took even less brain than that to publish it.  Here’s your sign.

  145. As far as the conspiracy theory that we knew where he was much earlier … here’s my take:

    “Hey, we found bin Laden!  Let’s nail the bastard.”  “Wait, we should hold off for a couple years so we can get more funding.”  “Funding?  Do you really think that the search for bin Laden is underfunded?  And is it worth the risk that he will slip away?  You’re a COMPLETE MORON!”

    There’s your conspiracy theory.

  146. JJ says:

    Absolutely distasteful journalism. simple as that.

  147. Bugbuster says:

    No decent person would have touched any of this material with a ten foot pole.

  148. LogicDog says:

    Contrary to what some people have speculated, The Observer is not owned by Rupert Murdoch.  It’s owned by Jared Kushner, an article about whom you can find on Wikipedia.  You’ll have to get his address on your own — perhaps you should check out his tie. . . 

  149. Marshall Davidson says:

    I hope that one or more patriots will hunt all of you and your families down, publicize the locations of your homes and subject you and them to the same danger you have subjected this brave man and his family to.  Then, I hope that some anonymous patriot will act on that information to your terminal discomfort.

  150. Marshall Davidson says:

    I hope that one or more patriots will hunt all of you and your families down, publicize the locations of your homes and subject you and them to the same danger you have subjected this brave man and his family to.  Then, I hope that some anonymous patriot will act on that information to your terminal discomfort.

  151. Marshall Davidson says:

    I hope that one or more patriots will hunt all of you and your families down, publicize the locations of your homes and subject you and them to the same danger you have subjected this brave man and his family to.  Then, I hope that some anonymous patriot will act on that information to your terminal discomfort.

  152. angmck says:

    Wow, this is a disgusting paper, you should be ashamed of yourselves.  ” But after considerable debate, we concluded that the benefit of telling the story far outweighed the risks. ”  Oh really?  Here, let me decipher that little statement:  your disgusting, greedy, selfish minds, decided that your paper making a lot of money was much more important than this man, and his family’s safety and well being.  You are a bunch of pigs.  I wish there was a way the government could prosecute you, and I sincerely hope this man sues you for every single dollar your paper will ever make.  
    Do you not realize there’s a good chance this family will now have to go into witness protection?  A good chance they will be ripped away from their normal lives and family, all so you could sensationalize the issue for a few bucks???

  153. Anonymous says:

    Good story. It’s not like the revelation of Mrs. Plame which was done as a form of sick political retaliation by the Bush boys. It’s a bit of demonstrating how the CIA works – and doesn’t work. Johns who take jobs like that also get at least a low level adrenalin rush every day when they go to work. it’s part of the territory. The risk is compounded by the ineptness of the CIA, which has been inept ever since I first encountered it in the days of the Bay Of Pigs. Why aren’t they better? Politics. Politicians. And as you say at the end, pure monetary greed. 

    Forget most of these accusatory comments from, rightish, armchair espionage book fans.

  154. Guest says:

    You are an absolute idiot and a hypocritical patriot, Mr. Young

  155. Whereissarahconnor says:

    Whoa this is wrong man… you should have contact him first and make him aware of all this, then keep this between you guys.. you are giving this man’s life away to some freaking terrorist.

  156. Craig says:

    Did you sleep through ethics class? We may have a right to know who he is (this may be argued), but do we have a need to know? Not really. If it ends up killing him or loved ones of his, I hope you choke on the money made off of this.. Craig

    1. Adsasfd says:

      hell yeah this faggot slept through ethics class….and math…and science…please tell me this reporter is a nigger and got hired on by affirmitive action….

      1. Megapril says:

        You win for the stupidest, most ignorant, racist, and moronic post yet… None of your colorful adjectives apply to this issue even if your premise is correct, they just make you sound stupid and classless.

      2. CoonHandler says:

        go eat a pussy you slit licker

  157. jcdchawk says:

    This reporter has done a great job of research just to show he can do it and without regards to the fact that this information will put this man and his family at risk and totally disrupt their lives.  There are some thing that the public does not need to know and this is one of those things.  Does this guy work for Murdoch?

  158. jcdchawk says:

    This reporter has done a great job of research just to show he can do it and without regards to the fact that this information will put this man and his family at risk and totally disrupt their lives.  There are some thing that the public does not need to know and this is one of those things.  Does this guy work for Murdoch?

    1. Anonymous says:

      No, Soros.

  159. Adsasfd says:

    hey Aaron-perhaps we should all find out where you and yours live and publish it all over the web. Im sure there are certain groups out there that know how to deal with SCUM like yourself.

  160. Responsible Journalism says:

    It’s true that “John”‘s name, address, etc., weren’t published — but why the need to post photos of “John” with his face not blocked out (even if other media had done so)?

    With his face revealed — as well as the other published personal info about him (his family, activities, height, location in VA, etc) — it’s easier now for neighbors, non-colleagues, strangers to piece together who he is.

    Exposing a crucial apparent gaffe of the CIA/NSA is commendable — but making John identifiable — if not vulnerable — is not.

  161. John Patriot says:

    Traitor.  Hip-Hip for your ‘investigative journalism’ while this man and his family fear for their lives. Not. Shame on you and this rag.

  162. The whiny, self-justified tone of the piece put me off a little bit. It must be nice being a journalist, you get to decide just what your responsibilities are and with a snarky haughty tone too!

  163. Mtveach says:

    When can I tune in for similar information about yourself and your co-reporter – you know, kinda narrow down what your family situation is like, what your (wife, sister, mom) has been doing, some pictures…nothing that couldn’t be uncovered with a little research – your current unpopularity shouldn’t give you any cause for concern…after all, our need to know far outweigh any concern for you or your family.  That is what you decided, isn’t it?

  164. T. says:

    He and his colleagues have done something good.  However, for crass money making reasons,  you have subjected him and his family to serious jeopardy. 

  165. marzipansii says:

    Well, at the end of the day it isn’t the bureaucrats who will get this man killed….is it?

    “Still, this all seemed a bit fishy. Was it really up to a small weekly newspaper to protect the life of a top terrorist hunter, especially when so many of his colleagues were walking around openly and seemed to be adequately protected from harm?”

    The short, and only answer to this question is “yes”. Anyone who knowingly plays a role in the death of another man, for whatever concocted reason they want to dream up, I’m a journalist) is still guilty.

  166. guest says:

    u guys r idiots.. first of who the fuck cares if we get bin laden.. second who the fuck cares about a bunch of amatuers called the CIA.. third, it’s childish to have written an article on him, now he might die because of it.. thanks.. shit.. what the hell..??  why would u kill him off, in a compliment.. what the hell kind of favor is that.. friends like that..?? i’m sure he’s grateful..

    1. Megapril says:

      First, just about every American cared about getting OBL. Second, so I suppose you are a professional intelligence gatherer as compared to the CIA? Doubt it… After that nonsense, I pretty much agree with the rest of your comment, even if you are a pretentious prick.

      1. guest says:

        i am with central intelligence.. no one escapes being at their mercy.. too bad.. that  every American cared about getting OBL.. cause u have a hellish debt to pay..  people who don’t pay their debts have no further comment or input.. if u cared, u never saw what really happened over here..  u don’t have a say..

      2. you asshole! says:

        central intelligence? really? then quit typing like youre trying to text your underage boyfriend. you asshole.

  167. Anonymous says:

    All I can ask is – Why? 
    Why must this administration try to overcompensate for it’s lack of national security creds with a chronic case of oratory-diarrhea?
    Why must the media do all it can to undermine the national security apparatus of this country by digging into stories like this?
    Why would anyone, with any sense of right and wrong, any common sense generally and any conscience, look to expose an extremely diligent, intelligent and devoted civil-servant to the obvious and lethal threat to him and his family? 
    No matter what your politics or feelings regarding the CIA generally, exposing this man’s identity can only be seen as reckless disregard for the safety of a man (and his family) who has dedicated much of his life to the service of this country, the safety of its citizens and the common good.  “Loose lips sink ships”, and this administration can be blamed for being irresponsible and stupid in its disclosure, but what these ‘journalists’ and/or self-centered ‘do-gooders’ have intentionally put this man and his family in clear and present danger. 
    I don’t know how you can live w/ yourselves – you should be ashamed that this family will be forced to live in fear for now and likely forever.

  168. Edcousar says:

    This artical of news is made up CIA never reveals

  169. Davidrchef says:

    The reporter should be kicked in his ass.He has the feeling that everything is news, all he has done is put a target on that man and his family.I can rember when we built the safe house at the greenbrier at a cost of millions and one ass thought it was worth selling a couple of extra papers to let that secret out

  170. Jmsmeier says:

    Some people will do anything no matter how reckless, to convince others just how smart they are, or to assert their there Constitutional rights.All this idiot (Jhon Young) did was put this man, and his family in harms way, and make a total ass out of himself. If something happens to the agent or his family I truly hope The Goverment goes after this guy for Conspiring with terrorist, Depraved Indifference, or some other charge that will put him under a federal prision.

  171. Anonymous says:

    Meanwhile…the journalists at The Guardian, particularly Nick Davies, are living up to the responsibilities of a free and open press. Unlike this lot, who think everything’s a big joke. Rather like the banking boys before everything crashed. All they do is shrug their shoulders, smirk, and say, “Who knew?” They don’t recognize other people as being actual people – they think life is one big video game and everyone else is just a cartoon. They’re great at blaming everyone else though, aren’t they? Apparently everyone else has responsibilities, but hey don’t. There job is to destroy everyone else’s life, and then laugh about it. Har-de-har-har – everyone else is so stupid, right?

    And to think of all the people who sacrificed their lives for this country and its people. And they ridicule their efforts, and aare very, very proud of doing so. I wonder what their parents think of what they’ve produced?

  172. Shane says:

    Who actually believes that it was that easy. Thats probably all fake info preplaced by the CIA

  173. Warrenc says:

    you guys are worse than wikileaks spilling state secrets…or news of the world hacking into a deceased persons phone.  the high values and morals of journalism seemed to have been filed away and locked up.  

  174. Fu says:

    What is the purpose of publishing this ‘article’? Shame on you.

  175. Izac says:

    I’m disgusted with your article!  Your as dangerous as any terrorist!

  176. Anonymous says:

    what the heck leave this man and his family alone . he did his job ofr the world and his childrn do not eserve to be harmed in any way nor does his wife. leae him alone forever and let him do his job abd in the future let others who do jobs like this alone we do not need to know. they ned to be protected if they offer to put their lives on the line for America and the world. STOP IT NOW.

  177. Cssanu says:

    though it is a proxy name he done it for the world

  178. Dj_surge says:

    Dark night parallel : So you decided to threaten the life of the man and his fmily – the man who you think took down the world’s most wanted terrorist. And who are you again?

  179. Glexx says:

    You people make me sick. This is somebodies life your playing with. You have shared just enough info that any terrorist with half a brain could use to easily find this man. You think because no name is mentioned that you won’t bare any responsibility? Give me a break and get real. What you have done here is just dispicable and you should be ashamed!

  180. Thehurican says:

    Get up on a stage then try to stay out of the spotlight. Perform in front of the world and you will get reviewed.With all the cameras in our culture what makes any one think they can hide anything. Welcome to Digital world. We are watching you brush your teeth on the Internet so you might as well embrace it.
    I love this article. It is human nature to want to know the “truth”! It is Americam nature to do something about the “truth”. Saddam and Osama were “hiders” and as every one can see that just didn’t work out very well….for them. And it won’t for us.
    Keep up the good work Observer

  181. Hyiphunter says:

    If anyone should be blamed then I think it is the source who indicated that John was part of a picture.  Given that tidbit of information anyone, including terrorists, could use the internet to identify John.   If someone at the CIA provided that tidbit of information then I suspect the CIA wanted John identified because the CIA must know that reporters will be reporters and dig for a story.

  182. Lotus212 says:

    Why would you publish this guys identity and on top of it the school his children go to and google map of where he lives. I am a dyed in the wool liberal and believe in exposing secrets as we are an open society. This however is evil, sensationalist and very un American and I believe if this is unlawful that this person who published these details should be prosecuted. Imagine this guy worked to bring justice for the families of the 911 victims, and this is how we repay him. Our values have become warped by a shit media world that cares not what is best for Americans any longer- but just what will bring them the biggest hits on their website  so they can make more money. I do not call this journalism. I call this self seeking for your decrepit ego! Maybe someone should publish your google location and your parents and your wife and childrens.

  183. Niko says:

    It is undeniably the worst decision that I have ever seen or heard of. To put a man in jeopardy for want of an exclusive story is nothing but total  bull shit and egomania.

  184. Dr Ponnusamy says:

    thi is unfair

  185. Anonymous says:

    As Michael Jackson sang about today’s jeernalists, “You’re a parasite in black and white.  Do anything for news.”

  186. Opie says:

    You DUMB FUCKIN CUNTS!

  187. Dennis Jing says:

    Our soldiers protect us and it takes some nerve to ignore our duty to return the favor. They would gladly die for us and this is how you repay them? And u zoomed in on his house, found out his GPA, and found out about his family’s interactions! This is outrageous! Even though it is highly unlikely “John” will be killed because of your article, the fact that you and your editors would even take the chance and put him and his family in danger is absolutely appalling and atrocious. 

  188. Murray1028 says:

    Regardless of the rationalizations, this is a horrible abuse of the free speech right!  If this results in any attempt upon this mans life, or the life of someone close to him, I devoutly pray that a humongous lawsuit is launched by the heirs against every individual (and their employer) who had a hand in revealing his identity.  A gargantuan penalty should be assessed to make others contemplating similar revelations think twice before proceeding.  I am not talking about a “free speech” issue, but about a deliberate treasonous action with no regard for the consequences to the man or his family.  An iota of common sense should have caused them to realize the potential for harm that this would involve!  I am ashamed that we have people who do such detrimental acts under the guise of “keeping the public informed” and wonder if they don’t really hope that their acts provoke retaliation.  I applaud the exercise of “free speech”, but believe that the failure to apply reasonable care in doing so should be just cause for compensation for one who suffers harm as a result.  The suggestion that the intended result was to make the man identifiable is ludicrous and sounds like an attempt to justify acts that the person knew (or suspected) that what he was doing was morally reprehensible.

    1. Anonymous says:

      i  believe your complaint is rightfully directed at the man with the camera focused in the situation room on that fateful day. arron simply showed all of us on here how vulerable we can each of be in the public domain by sleuthing. had that photo op not been taken no one would have known who john was. dont blame arron for being a sleuth, blame the man with the irresponsible camera.

  189. Radii says:

    Personally, identifying the individual is a non-question: you don’t do it… Somewhere along the way, the media (and by the extension, the Public), came to believe they had a right to any damned thing they wanted. Nothing could be further from the truth, in my opinion. While Freedom of Speech guarantees Freedom of Expression, it is not a blanket allowance to act however one wants.

    1. Nancy says:

      Extremely well stated!

  190. Anonymous says:

    A professional bureaucrat works for the best interest of western civilization, while a narcissistic mediacrat works to jeopardize the life of that bureaucrat.  What purpose is served by a free press when it works against the best interest of the society it is meant to preserve?  Integrity matters.      

    1. Anonymous says:

      why dont you complain to the man who took john’s photo shoot without asking him if it was ok to proof the photo and print it? come on now. people in DC and in the CIA can make out who the photo was of. now if they had not put the photo in there, maybe retards like arron would not be able to sleuth him out. the real culprit is the man with the camera, tell it like it is folks

      1. Sean Conover says:

        You can’t be this stupid

      2. Anonymous says:

        i dont post with my name, so who is stupid and who is not.

      3. Sean Conover says:

        All that does is add “gutless” to the list. I’m looking forward to whatever you think you’re going to do with my name though champ.

      4. Anonymous says:

        a-hahahahha dude you are 2 funny, read my name.

    2. Nancy says:

      Integrity matters.  The action of an individual speaks volumes of what lies beneath their skin.

  191. Anonymous says:

    how is john or leon pannetta or hilary in any more danger from sleuths like arron with their photos being splashed all over the news media, if someone wants to get hilary, leon, john, or obama for that matter, al-queda knows where these people are. come on now, stop this garbage on here. all these people are in the public domain in some way or another. even john although his photo op was probably not appropriate for the situation room. now if all you americans here think that al-queda is coming for one, then they are coming for all of us. get real, this is the risk from these kinds of people and this is why we do what we do. and this crap can happen anywhere even by homegrown idiots who convert to islam to carry out their message of death and destruction. look around you in the world, has this not been the situation against people of the world since before ww2?

  192. Sean Conover says:

    maybe next you can write a story about how smug you feel knowing that every time he closes his eyes now he has to see flashes of his children being beheaded by some animal on video. You really are the lowest form of human garbage

    1. Anonymous says:

      sean, posting your own name makes it easy for them to get you also, actually, none of us are really safe, not only you, or myself or anyone from al-queada or any of these muzzie coo-coo’s. i really do not think john is at risk here. sooner or later someone would have outted him.  i like to think logically about this because all of us are at risk who are considered infidels to those of the islamic faith. they come for not only him but for all of us, keep that in mind in using your own name.

  193. Sean Conover says:

    I find it ironic that you would condemn this man hiding behind your fallacious shield of an “open and free press” then delete my comment.

  194. Anonymous says:

    i find it very interesting that it is okay for us to sleuth out osama bin laden but it is not okay to sleuth out the dude who got him, isnt that somewhat hypocrtical?

    1. you idiot. says:

      what? go choke yourself .

  195. Anonymous says:

    I doubt if the man is even in the room! Just another wild hunt for a story from Observer and many others contributed to the capture as it was a team effort, even the janitor who took out the trash did his share.

  196. Responsible Journalism says:

    One unofficial tenet of journalism — among some in the respectable media — is that you don’t expose your interviewees/sources/subjects if doing so could cause them harm.

    For ex., you don’t  expose a rape victim’s name.  Or claim you respected and withheld her identity, yet (re-)published photos of her — or personal info about her/spouse/kid — that makes her more easily identifiable.  

    That her family/colleagues may be speaking openly about her rape, that doesn’t waive the don’t-harm tenet.  That the police or her own rape counseling center may have erred stupidly — ditto. 

    Whether victim or perpetrator, the source/interviewee deserves this professional courtesy, broadly speaking.

    1. Anonymous says:

      i agree but the real person who outted him is the man who took his photo and posted it wrongly in the first place thus allowing retards like arron to find out info he should not know, my point is that you all are really attacking the wrong person on here and ought to be lynching the man with the camera but no one wants to sleuth him out now do they, could that be because the CIA took the photo and allowed the photo op to be published? ask yourselves this question

  197. Responsible Journalism says:

    One unofficial tenet of journalism — among some in the respectable media — is that you don’t expose your interviewees/sources/subjects if doing so could cause them harm.For ex., you don’t  expose a rape victim’s name.  Or claim you respected and withheld her identity, yet (re-)published photos of her — or personal info about her/spouse/kid — that makes her more easily identifiable.   That
    her family/colleagues may be speaking openly about her rape, that
    doesn’t waive the don’t-harm “rule.”  That the police or her own rape
    counseling center may have erred stupidly — ditto.  Whether victim or perpetrator, the source/interviewee deserves this professional courtesy, broadly speaking.

  198. Wow. Talk about low.
    Did we really need to know this guys name? Does this change anything?
    Just because someone else MIGHT have been able to figure out his identity, it does not make it right for you to “out” him.  This is not a scoop, and it’s not news.
     It’s more like  the act of a teen ager with no self control or common sense shouting out: Look how clever I am! Look at me! Look at me!
    If John or anyone in his family is harmed as a result of this…well I’m sure you’ll find a rational that absolves you of any guilt. Right?
    Creepy.
     

    1. Anonymous says:

      sean if you know his name then you must be a genuis because no one else knows his name other than john. no one here has posted his name. likewise no one ought to have seen his photo either. so go lynch the dude with the camera if you got the balls to find out who he is.

      1. you asshole! says:

        hey bitch how bout you shut your cocksucker for once? Your opinion doesnt matter here. Everyone elses does.

      2. Anonymous says:

        you stupid retard. your IQ tells me your shoe size is bigger than that. Hey shithead, the dudes who actually nailed OBL were navy seals and not this dude. And anyhow, that photo is a fraud. do any of you really think the CIA would put that man in harms way by showing who he is? oh come on now, go blow your momma inbreed.

  199. “A professional bureaucrat works for the best interest of western civilization, while a narcissistic mediacrat works to jeopardize the life of that bureaucrat.  What purpose is served by a free press when it works against the best interest of the society it is meant to preserve?  Integrity matters.” 
    1. I hate college punks but you internet creeps are jerks 2, the guy in the photo isn’t any body he’s no one, in this superfluous fictional conversation he’s my cousin 3. Benny Ladden  should of been tried in a Nuremberg trial as the chief US prosecutor  at Nuremberg said, 4. American politicians seem to insist on garnering contempt,  but 5. since whoever did me a favor did me a favor isn’t this outing biz bogus since I saw nothing (there was no kind of Spook in the photo except that asshole Panneta) so those Cryptome people John Young and Deborah Natsios must be wrong since that would make what they do did doing intelligence gathering, analysis and or counterintelligence and themselves legally targets as in “***on sight” :) and no one is that stupid. Are they?? Why??

  200. “A professional bureaucrat works for the best interest of western civilization, while a narcissistic mediacrat works to jeopardize the life of that bureaucrat.  What purpose is served by a free press when it works against the best interest of the society it is meant to preserve?  Integrity matters.” 
    1. I hate college punks but you internet creeps are jerks 2, the guy in the photo isn’t any body he’s no one, in this superfluous fictional conversation he’s my cousin 3. Benny Ladden  should of been tried in a Nuremberg trial as the chief US prosecutor  at Nuremberg said, 4. American politicians seem to insist on garnering contempt,  but 5. since whoever did me a favor did me a favor isn’t this outing biz bogus since I saw nothing (there was no kind of Spook in the photo except that asshole Panneta) so those 
    Cryptome people John Young and Deborah Natsios must be wrong since that would make what they do did intelligence gathering, analysis and or counterintelligence and themselves legally targets as in “***on sight” :)

  201. Guest says:

    The Obeserver’s mention of the son’s school is especially contemptible.

    It seems there should be a common law claim for invasion of privacy with punitive damages under New York State law.  That is, if it is deemed not to be prosecutable under the statute mentioned as a crime.

  202. Nancy says:

    Personally, I WOULD like to know this man so I could shake his hand and thank him for his hard effort in tackling this problem. I would like to shake his hand and hug him and buy him a drink and play a game of BB with him. It would be an honor.

  203. Thayernate says:

    This piece poses all kinds of ethical and professional conundrums as a journalist

  204. GUEST says:

    I feel certain that many who live near him knows who he is and what he did for our country and for that they all surround him with love, honor, repsect, AND protection for his family so that no harm would ever come to him or his. AND I feel CERTAIN that G-D was on our side in using him to be successful and for that G-D LOKKS OUT FOR HIM EVERYDAY.

  205. Hispire1 says:

    Jerks…..

  206. Anonymous says:

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, GrabPenny.com

  207. rob komin says:

    don john rooks is little more than a clown in a sad script, a mediocre hoax that should have redeeming value. he and it have been long rejected. he’s a doa jackass, libs are done, time for the next chapter.

  208. rob komin says:

    ps.   all of these clowns are bieng sought for the kidnap/torture/murder of a child in crooklyn, not to mention r. brooks in london.