When late on a Friday, just before the weekend, with the President away in Afrida, and with his National Security Adviser furiously on the phone to Washington trying to put out the firestorm of questions/criticisms from both the media and Capitol Hill....you just know there is a coverup underway. And when it comes to foreign affairs, this is at least as important a coverup scandal as was Watergate to domestic political affairs. Tricky Dick had to leave then.... What now?
Tenet Takes Responsibility for False Iraq Intelligence
CIA Director Admits Analysts Had Doubts About Information
By John Solomon
Associated Press Writer
Friday, July 11, 2003; 6:53 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - CIA Director George Tenet acknowledged Friday his agency wrongly allowed President Bush to tell the American people that Iraq was seeking nuclear material from Africa when analysts had doubts about the quality of the intelligence.
"These 16 words should never have been included in the text written for the president," Tenet said in a statement released after Bush and his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, blamed the miscue on the CIA and members of Congress called for someone to be held accountable.
"This was a mistake," the director's statement said.
Tenet said the responsibility for vetting the allegations included in Bush's State of the Union address about Iraqi efforts to get uranium from Africa beloing to the CIA and ultimately with himself.
"Let me be clear about several things right up front," he said. "First, CIA approved the president's State of the Union address before it was delivered. Second, I am responsible for the approval process in my agency. And third, the president had every reason to believe that the text presented to him was sound."
Tenet said CIA officials reviewed portions of the draft speech and raised some concerns with national security aides at the White House that prompted changes in language concerning allegations that Iraq sought to buy uranium from the African nation of Niger. But he said the CIA officials failed to stop the