Friday, January 12, 2007

Embassy Attacked Via Anonymous...


The AP Reports this morning that the American Embassy in Athens was attacked,

ATHENS, Greece - A rocket struck the U.S. Embassy early Friday, exploding inside the modern, glass-fronted building but causing no injuries in an attack that Greek authorities said was probably carried out by a domestic terrorist group.

The small anti-tank missile narrowly missed the large blue-and-white U.S. seal on the embassy's facade and pierced the building above the front entrance shortly before 6 a.m. It damaged a bathroom on the third floor near the ambassador's office and shattered windows in nearby buildings.

"There were no injuries and very minimal damage," U.S. Ambassador Charles Ries told reporters outside the embassy.

Any act of terrorism is of course of particular concern. It is why I was attracted to the headline in the first place. But, it was the following two paragraphs that caught my attention,

The Pentagon has received a report on the attack but no request for any action, a military official said in Washington. There is no reason to believe that it was al-Qaida-related, but rather involves a separatist group, said the official, who is not authorized to speak on the subject and requested anonymity.

A U.S. intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing, said there is no information that suggests a follow-up attack. That official also spoke on condition of anonymity.

(Emphasis Mine)

Might we simply assume, given the AP's reputation, and its unlimited supply of anonymous sources, that any statement reported by the AP on condition of 'anonymity' actually means...

"We made this part up?!"

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