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  •  Tenet Was Known As A Protector of CIA Employees (none)
    I took a law school class from a very, very high-level CIA lawyer in Spring 2004.  He made it clear that Tenent was loved by the Agency staff and seen as a big defender of the staff there.  He was known to go to bat for his people.  This makes perfect sense.  But how would he know of the telephone calls?
    •  I've heard the exact opposite from Ray McGovern (none)
      and other retired CIA staff; that Tenet broke from decades of precedent in his failure to protect others...

      The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. - MLK Jr.

      by thecarriest on Wed Jul 06, 2005 at 09:16:57 PM PDT

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      •  Protection (none)
        They could have meant different things. Tenet obviously did less to protect his employees from political interference with their analytical tasks than previous CIA heads had done; everyone remembers the tales of Cheney, et al., badgering analysts who refused to give them the answers that they wanted to hear. In that respect, certainly, what McGovern said would be inarguable.

        On the other hand, it is quite possible that Tenet was every bit as protective of his employees lives as any other Director has been.

        It's also worth noting that, for better or worse, there were no purges in the CIA as a result of the whole Iraq WMD fiasco. While he was busy falling on his sword for the Bush Administration, he also fell on his sword for the Agency. That's an important type of protection right there.

    •  Yes, wonder how the DirCIA could know ... (none)
      ... of those phone calls? It's almost as if, banish the thought, he had certain people under surveillance (in contradiction of U.S. law, btw, which bans the CIA from operations within the nation's borders).

      "I don't do quagmires, and my boss doesn't do nuance."

      by SteinL on Wed Jul 06, 2005 at 09:32:26 PM PDT

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      •  I'm sure many reporters (none)
        were calling him for comment after the Novack Story ran.

        Probably several who had been contacted themselves by the leakers.

        It seems to me that most of the Washington insiders knew early on that the White House had pushed this story to a lot of reporters.

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