Sources: White House deliberately leaked photo of ill Saudi King with breathing tube

WASHINGTON — The United States is said to have disclosed that Saudi King Abdullah was dying.

Diplomatic sources said the administration of President Barack Obama relayed a photograph that showed Abdullah with a breathing tube, Middle East Newsline reported.

The sources said the photograph was taken by White House personnel during Obama’s meeting with the Saudi king outside Riyad on March 28.

“The Saudis specifically did not want any photograph that showed Abdullah with the tube,” a source said. “But there was a White House photographer that took the picture for what he said was history.” Continue reading

Report: Obama focused on Iran diplomacy in tense meeting with Netanyahu

WASHINGTON — Little love was lost in the March 5 meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to Western diplomatic sources.

The sources said Obama may travel to Iran in a bid for reconciliation and that his meeting with Netanyahu pointed to what many are describing as a poisoned atmosphere between the leaders.

“There’s a lot of hate in this relationship, and this is no exaggeration,” the diplomat said.

The sources said Obama, who quietly remains in contact with Teheran’s leadership, warned Netanyahu not to “do anything reckless” regarding military operations in the Middle East.

The sources said Obama sees Netanyahu as an ally of the opposition Republican Party while the prime minister sees the president as ready to abandon Israel, Middle East Newsline reported.

Full article: Report: Obama focused on Iran diplomacy in tense meeting with Netanyahu (World Tribune)