On Wednesday, WikiLeaks posted a secret memo sent to the CIA. The memo mentions a conversation between Policy Planning Director Ambassador Richard Haass (now in his fourteenth year as president of the Council on Foreign Relations), UAE Ambassador Wahba, and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Shaykh Muhammad Bin Zayid Al-Nahyan.
During a meeting with US officials, Bin Zayid Al-Nahyan “laughingly recalled a meeting at the start of the Afghan campaign between Qatari Emir Hamad Al-Thani and Shaykh Zayid in which Hamad complained about a report he had received that [Bin Zayid Al-Nahyan] had asked General Franks to bomb Al-Jazeera.”
Contrast and compare this to the Al-Jazeera bombing memo produced the following year. In a discussion between President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bush suggested it might be a good idea to conduct a bombing raid on Al-Jazeera’s world headquarters in the Qatari capital Doha and other locations.
The memo was so sensitive, David Keogh, a civil servant at the Cabinet Office, and Leo O’Connor, a research assistant to former Labour MP Tony Clarke, were charged under the Official Secrets Act. Attorney General Lord Goldsmith warned the media not to publish information from the memo and said violators would be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act.
The United States has deliberately targeted Al-Jazeera in the past. On November 13, 2001, a missile hit the Al-Jazeera office in Kabul, Afghanistan, and in 2003 a missile hit an electricity generator at Al-Jazeera’s office in Baghdad, killing reporter Tareq Ayyoub and wounding another staff member.
Frank Gaffney, the fringe neocon who advised candidate Trump, wrote for Fox News on September 29, 2003, that Al-Jazeera should be neutralized. He said, “it is imperative that enemy media be taken down if they insist on using their access to the airwaves as instruments of the war against us and our allies.”
In other words, you are an enemy and a target if you criticize neocon foreign policy.