Tenet Misstates Pre-War Iraq / Al quaeda Connection

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/29/AR2007062901947.html?nav=hcmodule

    Iraq, al-Qaeda and Tenet's Equivocation

    By Christina Shelton
    Saturday, June 30, 2007; Page A21

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    On Aug. 15, 2002, I presented my part of a composite Pentagon briefing on al-Qaeda and Iraq to George Tenet, then CIA director. In his recent book, "At the Center of the Storm," Tenet wrote that I said in opening remarks that "there is no more debate," "no further analysis is required" and "it is an open-and-shut case."

    I never said those things. In fact, I said the covert nature of the relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda made it difficult to know its full extent; al-Qaeda's security precautions and Iraq's need to cloak its activities with terrorist networks precluded a full appreciation of their relationship. Tenet also got the title of the briefing wrong. It was "Assessing the Relationship Between Iraq and al-Qa'ida," not "Iraq and al-Qa'ida -- Making the Case."

    That day I summarized a body of mostly CIA reporting (dating from 1990 to 2002), from a variety of sources, that reflected a pattern of Iraqi support for al-Qaeda, including high-level contacts between Iraqi senior officials and al-Qaeda, training in bomb making, Iraqi offers of safe haven, and a nonaggression agreement to cooperate on unspecified areas. My position was that analysts were not addressing these reports since much of the material did not surface in finished, disseminated publications.
     
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    At this point anyone who believes anything that George Tenet says does so at his/her own peril as for as his/her credibility is concerned.
     

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