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Attack On Drone Unreported Because Classified

From the Obama campaign’s press agents at CNN:

Iranian jets fire on U.S. drone

By Barbara Starr | Thu November 8, 2012

Two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf on November 1, the Pentagon disclosed on Thursday.

The incident, reported first by CNN, raised fresh concerns within the Obama administration about Iranian military aggression in crucial Gulf oil shipping lanes.

When did CNN get this information? And why didn’t they report it during any of the previous 7 days?

The drone was on routine maritime surveillance in international airspace east of Kuwait, 16 miles off the coast of Iran, U.S. officials said. The Predator was not hit.

"Our aircraft was never in Iranian airspace. It was always flying in international air space. The recognized limit is 12 nautical miles off the coast and we never entered the 12 nautical mile limit," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in responding to questions from reporters after CNN reported the incident.

Little said the United States believed this was the first time an unmanned aircraft was shot at by the Iranians in international waters over the Gulf. In December of 2011, a U.S. surveillance drone crashed in eastern Iran. Iranians claimed to have shot it down, and created a toy model of the drone to celebrate its capture.

Little stopped short of calling the incident an act of war although the Pentagon was concerned…

Of course it was "an act of war." Just like attacks on our diplomatic missions are acts of war.

At least two bursts of gunfire came from the Su-25s’ cannons. The drone started to move away but the Iranian aircraft chased it, doing aerial loops around it before breaking away and returning to Iran.

The Obama administration did not disclose the incident before the presidential election, but three senior officials confirmed the details to CNN on Thursday. They declined to be identified because of sensitive intelligence matters surrounding the matter…

"Confirmed the details" sounds like CNN had the information before Thursday.

The United States protested the incident but had not heard back from Iran…

Hopefully, they sent a very stiff letter.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin says the attack was not revealed until after the election because it was a "classified" mission. "DoD didn’t reveal Iranian fighter jets fired at US drone in days before the US Presidential election because drone on "classified" mission."

But wasn’t the killing of Bin Laden classified? And yet we heard all about it practically in real time. And Obama also made sure we heard about the highly classified program which allows him to decide whom he is going to kill with drones.

But for some reason this classified information had to remain classified. Why is that?

Meanwhile, we have this report from before the elections, via Israel’s YNET News:

Obama’s woman in Tehran

One of US president’s senior advisors is secretly making efforts to establish line of communication with Iran

Alex Fishman | November 5, 2012

A Chicago lawyer is the key player behind the secret talks between the US and Iran. Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday. A close friend of Michelle Obama, Valerie Jarrett, is assisting the US government to communicate behind the scenes with the representatives of Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

Jarret [sic], who was born in the Iranian city of Shiraz, is a senior advisor to US President Barack Obama.

Last month, The New York Times reported that the US government is engaged in secret talks with Iran aimed at establishing a direct line of communication once the US presidential elections are over.

The National Security Council’s spokesperson denied there is any agreement between the US and Iran regarding direct talks, but the following day senior government officials confirmed that talks took place though no future meeting was scheduled…

Israel was originally surprised to learn of the talks, but state officials now reveal that they were going on for several months. The talks, they claim, were initiated and led by Jarret[sic], and took place in Bahrain…

If true, why is Valerie Jarrett involved in such things? Why do we have a State Department?

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