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  •  Your take is consistent (3+ / 0-)
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    with the following passages from the Sy Hersh New Yorker article of October 2003, regarding the provenance of the Niger forgeries:

    Another explanation was provided by a former senior C.I.A. officer. He had begun talking to me about the Niger papers in March, when I first wrote about the forgery, and said, “Somebody deliberately let something false get in there.” He became more forthcoming in subsequent months, eventually saying that a small group of disgruntled retired C.I.A. clandestine operators had banded together in the late summer of last year and drafted the fraudulent documents themselves.

    “The agency guys were so pissed at Cheney,” the former officer said. “They said, ‘O.K, we’re going to put the bite on these guys.’ ” My source said that he was first told of the fabrication late last year, at one of the many holiday gatherings in the Washington area of past and present C.I.A. officials. “Everyone was bragging about it—‘Here’s what we did. It was cool, cool, cool.’ ” These retirees, he said, had superb contacts among current officers in the agency and were informed in detail of the sismi intelligence.

    “They thought that, with this crowd, it was the only way to go—to nail these guys who were not practicing good tradecraft and vetting intelligence,” my source said. “They thought it’d be bought at lower levels—a big bluff.” The thinking, he said, was that the documents would be endorsed by Iraq hawks at the top of the Bush Administration, who would be unable to resist flaunting them at a press conference or an interagency government meeting. They would then look foolish when intelligence officials pointed out that they were obvious fakes. But the tactic backfired, he said, when the papers won widespread acceptance within the Administration. “It got out of control.”

    Like all large institutions, C.I.A. headquarters, in Langley, Virginia, is full of water-cooler gossip, and a retired clandestine officer told me this summer that the story about a former operations officer faking the documents is making the rounds. “What’s telling,” he added, “is that the story, whether it’s true or not, is believed”—an extraordinary commentary on the level of mistrust, bitterness, and demoralization within the C.I.A. under the Bush Administration. (William Harlow, the C.I.A. spokesman, said that the agency had no more evidence that former members of the C.I.A. had forged the documents “than we have that they were forged by Mr. Hersh.”)

    What I fully expect to see over the next few weeks, now that the "Bush leaked" cat is out of the bag, is that this story Hersh recounted will now surface as the explanation for everything - that the White House was duped by unscrupulous CIA and ex-CIA agents, causing us to go into a war under a false flag, and that Joe and Valerie Wilson were the ring leaders, and so Scooter and Karl and Dick and W are all heroes for taking the wood to the traitors in our midst. Actually I predicted this eventual development in L'Affair Plame some time ago. It's just now, however, that conditions are ripening to release this Frankenstein story on the world.

    The name is not the thing named, the map is not the territory. -- Gregory Bateson

    by semiot on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 10:09:27 AM PDT

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    •  I think Fitz anticipated it too and that is why (2+ / 0-)
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      he only went after Libby for perjury so that their strategy would be put off for as long as possible.

      Thanks for the link. When the story first broke Justin Raimondo was saying similar things.

      Charisma does not save republics, Courage does. (adigal)

      by Carbide Bit on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 10:27:30 AM PDT

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      •  Hope you are right about Fitz (1+ / 0-)
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        He is the most important man in America right now, IMHO. May the Angel of Democracy watch over him. He sure does seem to be a master at graymail jujitsu!

        The name is not the thing named, the map is not the territory. -- Gregory Bateson

        by semiot on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 10:38:58 AM PDT

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