The UK’s Telegraph reports that The Washington Post, afraid of being scooped by The New York Times, decided to publish information it had been holding quiet at the request of the US government concerning drone sites in Saudi Arabia. Whether the revelation has any affect on Saudi Arabia, of course, isn’t the papers’ concern. Earning money is their only goal, so that which might lessen the papers’ incomes becomes categorically bad.
US media kept Saudi drone base secret for two years
It only came to light after a blackout on reporting agreed by the media and the Obama administration was broken by two US newspapers.
The revelation that the US has been operating a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia for the past two years came after a blackout on reporting agreed by American media and the Obama administration was broken by two US newspapers.
The first pilotless CIA mission flown from the base killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric and senior figure in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and a deputy in September 2011, reports said.
Another Predator drone strike killed Awlaki’s 16-year-old son Abdulrahman weeks later, though US officials claimed in the Washington Post that he was not the target of the attack.
The Washington Post said several US media organisations knew of the drone base but abided by official requests not to disclose its location because of the risk to counter-terrorism cooperation with Saudi Arabia.
The Post said that when it learned that another news organisation – the New York Times – planned to break the agreement, it decided to publish what it knew.