Drip, Drip, Drip
Josh is totally right. The CIA of today is the angry and leaking FBI of the Watergate era. In this morning’s must-read Washington Post story there are several new, very damning pieces of information to leak out, apparently via pissed off CIA sources. The best, for administration critics, will be this:
Behind the scenes, the White House responded with twin attacks: one on Wilson and the other on the CIA, which it wanted to take the blame for allowing the 16 words to remain in Bush’s speech. As part of this effort, then-deputy national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley spoke with Tenet during the week about clearing up CIA responsibility for the 16 words, even though both knew the agency did not think Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger, according to a person familiar with the conversation.
Translation: Both the administration and the CIA knew the Niger connection (aka the 16 words) was bogus when the President made the connection in his state of the union speech. The White House wasn’t misled by the CIA, as Bush later claimed. The White House knowingly lied to the public.