New WMD evidence
In the latest chapter of the whither-WMD saga, a former CIA officer has filed suit against his employer claiming that the agency fired him last year for filing reports that contradicted claims about Saddam's nuclear program. The 20-year veteran, who served in a secret unit dedicated to gathering intelligence on illicit weapons, says he became "the target of retaliation for his refusal to go along with the agency's intelligence conclusions."
In early 2001 -- as in, months before the 9/11 attacks -- the officer whose identity has not been revealed was told by an informant that "Iraq's uranium enrichment program had ended years earlier and that centrifuge components from the scuttled program were available for examination and even purchase."Although the officer filed a report documenting the information, it was not shared with other intelligence agencies or policymakers.
According to his suit, he was told that the agency already had detailed information about continuing Iraqi nuclear weapons efforts, and that his informant should focus on other countries. He said his reports about Iraq came just as the agency was fundamentally shifting its view of Iraq's nuclear ambitions.The George Tenet-run agency had already decided to reverse its decade-long assessment that Iraq has largely abandoned its nuclear ambitions -- and no pesky little report was going to subvert that arbitrary change of heart. [LINK]
P.S.: There's a fascinating conversation underway in the comments section of an entry on anti-choice feminism that I posted last week.