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January 02, 2004
Memo Shows INC Piped Raw Iraq 'Intel' Directly to Cheney & Office of Special PlansCheney and the ‘Raw’ Intelligence (12/15/03 - Newsweek)
Abstracting and paraphrasing some key points from the Newsweek story of Dec. 15:
A memo obtained by Newsweek strongly suggests that the Iraqi National Congress last year fed questionable intelligence reports about Iraqi WMD and purported ties to al-Qaida directly to one of Vice President Cheney's top foreign policy aides, completely bypassing all normal intelligence channels and vetting. Cheney staffers later pushed that same bogus INC intel to bolster the case that Hussein's government posed a direct threat to America.
The document contradicts the strong denials by Cheney's office that he bypassed US intelligence agencies to get intel reports directly from the INC.
The June 2002 memo, written by INC lobbyist Entifadh Qunbar to a US Senate committee, lists John Hannah, a senior national-security aide on Cheney's staff, as one of two "US governmental recipients" for reports generated by an intelligence program being run by the INC and which was then being funded by the State Department.
The only other US official named as directly receiving the INC intel is William Luti, a former military adviser to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who, after working on Cheney's staff early in the Bush administration, shifted to the Pentagon, where he oversaw the top-secret Iraq war-planning unit called the Office of Special Plans (OPS). The OPS also pushed the same INC information.
(Newt Gingrich is currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, and appears on Fox News as an "analyst".)
Exclusive: Cheney and the ‘Raw’ Intelligence An uncovered memo suggests the Iraqi National Congress was feeding intelligence to Cheney's aides
Posted Fri 01/02/2004
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