The media deduced that Thomas was referring to a story published by the Times in 2015, in which they reported on a raid that killed Islamic State figure Abu Sayyaf and captured his wife, Umm Sayyaf.
Fox & Friends Saturday co-host Pete Hegseth uncritically repeated a claim that a general told a Fox correspondent, saying, "We would have had al-Baghdadi based on the intelligence we had, except someone leaked information to the failing New York Times in 2015 ... and as a result he slipped away".
In a series of tweets over the weekend, President Donald Trump chimed in on multiple trending topics, including White House leaks, the Russian interference investigation, Hillary Clinton, and the "Amazon Washington Post".
"I think Baghdadi is alive", said Defense Secretary James Mattis. "Unfortunately, it was leaked in a prominent national newspaper about a week later and that lead went dead", Thomas said.More news: Trump slams 'illegal' leak alleging Sessions discussed campaign with Russian envoy
On Monday morning, the TV network once again spoke about the issue, saying, "The Times described its 2015 reporting to the Pentagon before publication and they had no objections, and no senior American officials have ever complained publicly, until now".
The Times disputes the allegations made in the "Fox & Friends" report and Trump's tweet. She sent a letter to the reporter on the story - Catherine Herridge - at 3:30 pm on Sunday while being too cute by half and sending it to the press simultaneously - likely bcc'ing reporters. And Ha did not reach out to Fox & Friends until 2 p.m. on Sunday for a story that aired Saturday morning.
The report claims the Times released information pertaining to a military raid carried out in Syria, leading to the death of one of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's key lieutenants, Abu Sayyaf.
The media continues to represent a major national security threat.