Did you see Wolf Blitzer’s latest lame stunt?
Oh, how the once mighty have fallen. The reactions to Wolf’s tweet were not positive. My favorite:
I had my first interaction with Wolf on November 19, 1991. I was manning the State Department Counter Terrorism Task Force that was overseeing the release of the Reverend Terry Waite, who was the special envoy of the archbishop of Canterbury.
Waite was kidnapped by Hezbollah in January 1987 and held captive for four years. Terry is an example of the aphorism, no good deed goes unpunished. Prior to being snatched by the Shiite clan, he obtained the release of Western missionaries captured in Iran after the Islamic revolution. He also secured freedom for British hostages held in Libya and brokered the release of American hostages Lawrence Jenco and David Jacobsen from Lebanon in 1986. This was part of what we now know as the Iran Contra scandal. Waite was working with Colonel Oliver North in negotiating with the Shiite terrorists responsible for grabbing those Americans.
I was working in the Office of the Coordinator for Counter Terrorism at the U.S. State Department in 1991. Finding the U.S. hostages was one of our top priorities, but we were having little success.
When the news broke that Waite was free, the phone in the Task Force room rang. I picked up and found myself chatting with Wolf Blitzer. At the time, Wolf was CNN’s White House correspondent. Wolf asked me, “Is it true that the CIA planted transmitters in Terry Waite’s skin?”
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