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Secrets and lies

Salon
by Michael Scherer

10/26/05

Tensions between Vice President Dick Cheney's office and the CIA were nearing a peak in the summer of 2003, months after the initial invasion of Iraq. I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, fumed at what he saw as a 'hedging strategy' by the CIA to deflect blame for bad Iraq intelligence. 'I recall that Mr. Libby was angry about reports suggesting that senior administration officials, including Mr. Cheney, had embraced skimpy intelligence,' wrote New York Times reporter Judith Miller, in a recent summary of her meetings from 2003. 'Such reports, he said, according to my notes, were 'highly distorted.'' This is the context in which the White House lashed out against Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, who had accused the administration of twisting intelligence to make a case for war, and Valerie Plame, his wife... [subscription or ad view required]

//www.salon.com/news/feature/2005/10/26/questions/



Secrets and lies

Slate
by Christopher Hitchens

12/05/05

Stupidity and propaganda are inseparable from even the noblest war, but this consideration cannot be allowed to excuse everything. One expects that commanders at home and in the field will talk up their successes, play down crimes and errors on the ground that such information is useful to the enemy, do black propaganda in the enemy camp, and try to get their own version into the public record. But sometimes a whole new line is crossed and 'propaganda' corrupts the whole process by becoming a covert operation against one's 'own' side...

//www.slate.com/id/2131566/


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