Where are the Weapons of Mass Destruction that we told ourselves were here? - The Life and Thoughts of Zach — LiveJournal
Oct. 22nd, 2003
12:05 pm - Where are the Weapons of Mass Destruction that we told ourselves were here?
Very interesting article in the New Yorker about just how bad things really are with the quality of work being done by the US Intelligence community.
Most shocking is the claim that the forged Nigerian documents were actually made by ex-CIA agents trying to expose the bad practices of the CIA.
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.