May 21, 2013
Ex-Spy Says Bush White House Wanted to ‘Get’ Juan Cole
Posted on Jun 16, 2011
In a story that harks back to the bad old days of intelligence abuses, a former CIA spook says he and another agency staffer were asked by Bush administration officials to dig up the dirt on Mideast scholar, Iraq war critic and Truthdig columnist Juan Cole.
One official named by the former spy, who served on the National Intelligence Council after a long career in clandestine service, denies the accusation.
For his part, Cole told The New York Times that he would make a poor target for thrill-seeking spooks: “They must have been dismayed at what a boring life I lead.”
The incidents in question are supposed to have taken place in 2005.
As you know, it is illegal for the CIA to spy on Americans.
After the agent, Glenn Carle, rebuffed a request to find information about Cole, he says he discovered a memo from his NIC superior with derogatory remarks about Cole and further evidence that someone in the administration was leaning on a different source in the CIA. —PZS
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