Friday, June 06, 2003

So Douglas Feith, the executive chef of Rumsfeld's kitchen for cooked intelligence on Iraq, is now denying all:

"This suggestion that we said to them, `This is what we're looking for. Go find it,' is precisely the inaccuracy that we are here to rebut," Mr. Feith told reporters. "I know of nobody who pressured anybody."

Needless to say, there are a few skeptics.

One senior official, who said he was skeptical of Mr. Feith's account, was too angry to answer immediately. Another official said simply, "There was a lot of doublespeak out there."

But personally, I find it entirely credible that no one from Mr. Feith's office, or DOD generally, pressured the CIA. Dubya's crew has other people for that:

Vice President Cheney and his most senior aide made multiple trips to the CIA over the past year to question analysts studying Iraq's weapons programs and alleged links to al Qaeda, creating an environment in which some analysts felt they were being pressured to make their assessments fit with the Bush administration's policy objectives, according to senior intelligence officials.


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