It appears Obama never learned the military motto, “leave no man behind.” Maybe he was sick that day they taught that in civics class. Because he never served a day in his life.
The man in question is actually a woman, Sabrina De Sousa. She was among the CIA officers convicted in absentia by Italy for grabbing a Muslim cleric behind terrorist attacks in Europe and thought to be tied to 911.
Former CIA case officer Sabrina De Sousa thanked Trump for intervening to save her from extradition to Italy and a long imprisonment.
“I want to extend my deepest appreciation to the Trump administration for all their efforts on my behalf. Without their support I would be spending tonight in an Italian prison,” she said.
“The Obama administration and former CIA Director John Brennan abandoned De Sousa the last seven years, and in six weeks, the Trump team made her freedom possible,” Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) told Fox News.
“Originally convicted in absentia in 2009 by the Italian legal system, America, until recently, has done very little to defend and support Sabrina and her family since. They have lived under the shadow of these convictions for years. Now she’s on her way to face punishment in Italy.
“Roughly eighteen months ago Sabrina took a risk returning to Portugal. During her trip, Sabrina was arrested and instructed not to leave. Portugal has detained her ever since.”
“The Obama administration did nothing for seven years following Sabrina’s conviction. They did nothing while she was detained in Portugal. Meanwhile, President Obama released prisoners from GITMO. The White House handed out pardons. Not a finger was lifted to assist Sabrina.”
And there is a nutshell is Obama’s worldview. American CIA = bad, Muslim Terrorists= just misunderstood.
But what makes this story tragic is that De Sousa is innocent. She has evidence in her phone records that proves she was over a hundred miles away when the operation to grab the terrorist took place. She and 25 other Americans, mostly CIA employees, were convicted in absentia by an Italian court.
Newsweek said De Sousa is “bitter at Obama administration officials because they did not invoke diplomatic immunity to defend her. She even sued Hillary Clinton’s State Department for abandoning her to suffer significant emotional, professional and economic harm, including, but not limited to, possible criminal or civil liability.”
She summed it up perfectly saying,
“I had an arrest warrant issued against me 11 long years ago that prevented me from seeing members of my immediate family in Europe. Finally, I can rest with the assurance there is no warrant hanging over my head.”
“In six short weeks, the Trump administration has given me more hope and support than I ever received in the past eight years from the Obama Administration or the CIA, my former employer. I had feared that the country I signed up with in good faith to serve had abandoned me.”
Not on President Trump’s watch.