A Los Angeles Times article reveals members at the National Security Agency feel the president has "cast them adrift" in an attempt to distance himself from Edward Snowden's unflattering leaks. "The NSA goes to war with the White House, and it's easy to see why," admitted Brett LoGiurato with Business Insider.
"[W]hat Snowden has wrought: 'This is officially the White House cutting off the intelligence community,'" observed ABC News politcal director Rick Klein.
"President Obama, call your office," quipped Josh Kraushaar at the National Journal.
"Yep, @nycsouthpaw is right: It's officially an NSA leakoff," ascertained Politico's Blake Hounshell.
"Hoo boy," was the reaction from Stefan Becket at New York Magazine. You can say that again, Stefan.
In the same vein, David Sanger and Mark Landler at the New York Times report that Obama is possibly gearing up to order the NSA to ban eavesdropping on the leaders of American allies. Noted Dylan Byers with Politico, "Key pt on banning spying on allies-'It is also likely to prompt a fierce debate on what constitutes an American ally.'"
Meanwhile, the NSA seems to have lost a major ally when one of its biggest defenders in Congress began calling for a top-to-bottom review of its spy programs. And by the way, that would be Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman. "Remarkable reversal from Feinstein on NSA," was the response from Glenn Greenwald at the Guardian, and that just might be the understatement of the year.