CIA FIGHTS PUBLISHER OVER DOCS; BOOK DETAILS HISTORIC INTELLIGENCE BREAKDOWN; AUTHOR'S PATRIOTISM CHALLENGED
WASHINGTON TIMES reporter and bestselling author Bill Gertz is preparing to begin the fight of his life -- when next week he exposes, in unprecedented detail, America's intelligence failures.
Gertz has obtained highly classified documents and dispatches from within the CIA, the FBI and other national security agencies which detail a stunning collapse of intelligence on terrorists.
The CIA demanded to meet with Gertz's publisher, REGNERY.
The agency pleaded with the publisher not to reprint the leaked documents -- but the context of those docs will remain in the book, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
Gertz is set to preview his controversial work BREAKDOWN on Sunday during ABC's THIS WEEK.
[The book ranked #1238 on AMAZON's hit parade Friday morning.]
Meanwhile, one senior Bush administration source challenged Gertz's patriotism for making public such sensitive information during wartime.
"Do we really need a book for sale in every store in America that outlines our weaknesses?" asked the administration source, who asked not to be named for this report. "If Mr. Gertz is trying to embarrass the country, I would simply ask, 'What is to gain?' And where is his loyalty?"
For his part, Gertz hopes his outline of dramatic intelligence failures [which cross several administrations] serves as a wake up call to citizens who watched helplessly as their nation was attacked by terrorists last year.
Bureaucrats with politically correct policies have left the United States dangerously exposed, warns Gertz, chapter after chapter after chapter.
DRUDGE REPORT - 23 Aug 2002