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Comey says ‘Do as I say, not as I do’

Posted by on January 16, 2015.

โ€œYour decision to grant anonymity to a spokesperson for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula so he could clarify the role of his group in assassinating innocents, including a wounded police officer, and distinguish it from the assassination of other innocents in Paris in the name of another group of terrorists, is both mystifying and disgusting,โ€ Mr. Comey said in a letter to The Times.
F.B.I. Chief Criticizes Times on Qaeda Source

He was responding to an article in the New York Times on Thursday that said

A member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, who spoke to The New York Times on the condition of anonymity, said the joint timing of the two operations was a result of the friendship between Mr. Coulibaly and the Kouachi brothers, not of common planning between the Qaeda group and the Islamic State.
Disputed Claims Over Qaeda Role in Paris Attacks

Is this the same Comey who said last week about North Korean involvement in the Sony hack:

So how do we know that? Why do I have such high confidence in this attribution to North Korea? Well, hereโ€™s the tricky part. I want to show you as much as I can, the American people, about the why and I want to show the bad guys as little as possible about the how. Okay? How we see and what we see. Because it will happen again and we have to preserve our methods and our sources.
James B. Comey, Director Federal Bureau of Investigation at Fordham University

How on earth are these two things different? If the goose needs to protect its source, then it should follow with normal people that the gander needs also protect its source. This is where law enforcement and intelligence agencies are falling down and losing the trust of the people: they believe and act as if they should be above the rules that apply to everyone else.


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