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CIA Agent on ‘60 Minutes’: Bush Ignored WMD Evidence

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Posted on Apr 21, 2006
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The former highest-ranking CIA officer in Europe tells Ed Bradley that the White House ignored intelligence that said there were no WMDs or an active weapons program in Iraq. The interview airs on CBS Sunday, April 23.


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A Spy Speaks Out

April 21, 2006(CBS) A CIA official who had a top role during the run-up to the Iraqi war charges the White House with ignoring intelligence that said there were no weapons of mass destruction or an active nuclear program in Iraq.

The former highest ranking CIA officer in Europe, Tyler Drumheller, also says that while the intelligence community did give the White House some bad intelligence, it also gave the White House good intelligence—which the administration chose to ignore.

Drumheller talks to 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley in his first television interview this Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Drumheller, who retired last year, says the White House ignored crucial information from a high and credible source. The source was Iraq’s foreign minister, Naji Sabri, with whom U.S. spies had made a deal.

When CIA Director George Tenet delivered this news to the president, the vice president and other high ranking officials, they were excited—but not for long.

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By Barbara, April 23, 2006 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment
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Over at Talking Points Memo, it is also mentioned that Drumheller gave this same information to the committee that was “investigating” the intelligence the Bush administration “used” to justify invading Iraq.

None of Drumheller’s facts were included in their whitewash, er, report.

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By Marque Walker, April 23, 2006 at 12:36 am Link to this comment
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In the great barrage of intelligence that indicated there was in fact WMD’s in Saddam’s arsenal, there had to be several opinions to the contrary.  Without “boots on the ground” or in this case WMD Inspectors, it was difficult to know whether there was WMD’s or not.  It is easy in hindsight to point fingers and grab 15 minutes of fame, but at the time, most of the fingerpointers thought there were WMD’s, GO FIGURE!

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By simba, April 22, 2006 at 10:10 am Link to this comment
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When will the time come where currently employed members of the Federal Government will step up and signal an alarm that the Bush Administration has, since it’s inception, sought to bring about war in Iraq, and destabilize the region? 

Why can’t headlines read more about the open secret of Bush’s overt attempts to line the pockets of his cabinet with the coffers of our the US War Chest?

It’s almost as though each time another scandal emerges, the media acts with unwitting surprise.  Well, I’m over the charade.  This game of the media slapping Bush on the wrist and then turning a blind eye on US human rights violations, while the mention of torture has become passé, is intolerable to this thinking world citizen.  The entire litany of offenses against this regime, from breaking into the White House in 2000 to passing legislation that will pave the way for a new class of in-house nuclear armaments destined for orbit have gone unnoticed in our mainstream press.  Where has our sanity gone?  Where is the path to tomorrow in this blind game of brinksmanship?

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By Hilding Lindquist, April 22, 2006 at 7:16 am Link to this comment
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It is time to get the truth out!

I think it is time for everyone to raise our voices in support of Carl Bernstein’s call for an investigation (VANITY FAIR: http://www.vanityfair.com/commentary/content/articles/060417roco03 ).

For even the good book says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. -John 8:32 (King James Version of the Bible.)

Can you hear us now, G.W.?

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By Lokki, April 21, 2006 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment
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Wonder if he will lose his pension for disclosing classified information to the press?

Can’t be fired for it, since he’s retired, but I can’t believe that the obligation to keep classified material secret ends the day you walk out the Agency door….

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