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View Diary: Tenet, Anyone? 9/28/03 WAPO Source Rovelation! (must-read!) (101 comments)

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  •  i still don't know (none)
    how pavitt relates to the others, but he seems to have been on the side of reason during the inter-office intelligence wars.

    "The fact is there was yelling and screaming about this guy," said James L. Pavitt, deputy director of operations and head of the clandestine service until he retired last summer.

       "My people were saying: 'We think he's a stinker,' " Pavitt said. But CIA bio-weapons analysts, he said, "were saying: 'We still think he's worthwhile.' " Pavitt said he didn't convey his own doubts to Tenet because he didn't know until after the March 2003 invasion of Iraq that Curveball was "of such import" in prewar CIA assessments provided to the president, Congress and the public.

    i.e., they thought he was so bogus that no one would even think of taking him seriously!

    ...Tyler Drumheller, former chief of the CIA European Division, said he and other senior officials in his office - the unit that oversees spying in Europe - had issued repeated warnings about Curveball's accounts.

    "They can say whatever they want," Drumheller said. "They know what the truth is ... I did not lie." Drumheller said the CIA had "lots of documentation" to show suspicions about Curveball were disseminated widely within the CIA. He said they included warnings to McLaughlin's office and to the Weapons Intelligence Non Proliferation and Arms Control Center, known as WINPAC, the group responsible for many of the flawed prewar assessments on Iraq.

    and just who is WINPAC?  none other than the agency that "loaned" Bolton his chief of staff - Frederick Fleitz.  Do we know anything about this guy?

    •  Laurie Mylroie Hates the CIA (none)
      Laurie Mylroie's book Bush Versus the Beltway is an attack on the CIA for not taking seriously her theories about Iraq's responsibility for all sorts of terrorism.

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