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POLITICS & MEDIA ANALYST: Ken LaCorte is the founder of LaCorte News. With a motto of “news unspun, talk uncensored” the site highlights media malfeasance and Silicon Valley censorship. Ken was a senior executive at the Fox News Channel from 1998-2016 where for the last decade he headed the editorial team at FoxNews.com.
The story: An opinion piece published Thursday in the New York Times, and written by Steve Simon, a former National Security Council senior director and Quincy Institute analyst, explained Simon’s view that hypersonic missiles could completely change how developed countries engage in warfare. But it was a hypothetical scenario that Simon introduced about halfway through his piece that raised eyebrows and started some buzzing online that he committed treason.
The quote: While asking about the ethics of using hypersonic missiles, Simon asked, “What if the former commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Qassim Suleimani, visits Baghdad for a meeting and you know the address? The temptations to use hypersonic missiles will be many.”
Hours after the editorial was published, the Pentagon confirmed the U.S. killed Suleimani in an airstrike at Baghdad International Airport.
The accusations: The NYT tweeted the article, and comments responding to the tweet show a lot of people accusing Simon and the Times of trying to warn Suleimani of the impending attack. They, and other critics, say the scenario was too specific and too close to the actual hit to be a coincidence.
The author: Steven Simon was the US National Security Council senior director for the Middle East and North Africa under President Obama, and also worked at the NSC during the Clinton White House. He clearly has many government contacts and often wrote from an anti-Trump position, nearly always siding on a softer approach to Iran. An August editorial in the Times is titled, “Iran: The Case Against War.”
Coincidence? Or a deliberate warning? Neither Simon nor the New York Times have yet responded to LaCorte News’ request for comment, so we don’t know how much Simon knew about any plans to attack Suleimani. It’s possible that, as with many industries, there are common ideas bandied about in National Security circles. One thing is certain – the accuracy of his scenario has some people buzzing.
BIO: Ken LaCorte is the founder of LaCorte News. With a motto of “news unspun, talk uncensored” the site highlights media malfeasance and Silicon Valley censorship.
Ken was a senior executive at the Fox News Channel from 1998-2016 where for the last decade he headed the editorial team at FoxNews.com. He’s also know for spearheading the release of two Fox News employees, despite threats from militants, after the journalists were kidnapped in Gaza in 2006.
In 1997, Ken challenged California law by publishing the state’s Megan’s Law list. Despite a warning from the state’s Attorney General, he hand copied the state’s high risk sex offenders and published them online. In 2004, California officially published the Megan’s Law database on the internet.
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