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  •  Hersh also mentions Burba in... (4.00)
    ...his book Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib.

    Might want to check out the INR Memo Red Herring? by emptywheel and the cross-posted version at The Next Hurrah from which comes:

    Kinah writes:
    Hersh's article is collected with others he wrote (including the "Stovepipe" one) into a book called "Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib" that came out last year and should be about to come out in paperback. It also includes some pieces he wrote about Afghanistan, some that were not previously published.

    Apropos to our discussion, in the book (pp. 226-228) he fingers the Italians (SISMI) as the source of an intelligence report to the CIA shortly after 9/11 about Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Niger. Hersh's CIA sources considered it amateurish. But it went to Cheney, who wanted more details. He was not satisfied with the CIA's response and, Hersh says, "It was the beginning of what turned out to be a year long tug-of-war between the C.I.A. and the Vice President's office."

    Interestingly, he describes Elisabetta Burba, the Italian journalist who received the documents, as having approximately the same reaction as Joe Wilson when she heard the State of the union speech, as she had also gone to Niger to check it out.

    This chapter is entitled "Behind the Mushroom Cloud" and is different from the New Yorker article cited above.

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