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Thursday, February 05, 2004  

This is shaping up to be a bad day for Dick Cheney. First, from the Post, we learn that CIA Director George Tenet yesterday fired back at the administration for heaping the blame for claims about WMD at the CIA's feet. Contradicting White House hawks (among whom Dick was the standard bearer), Tenet said:

...the country had illegal missiles, as well as the ability and intent to quickly produce biological and chemical weapons.

But he said the agency never described Iraq as "an imminent threat" in the months leading up to the March 2003 invasion....

Providing some details of an October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, Tenet said analysts "never said there was an imminent threat" from Hussein's Iraq. "Rather, they painted an objective assessment for our policymakers of a brutal dictator who was continuing his efforts to deceive and build programs that might constantly surprise us and threaten our interests."

The even bigger news, however, is a report that the Valerie Plame leaks came from two aides in Cheney's office--and one of them was chief of staff "Scooter" Libby. Josh Marshall's following the story and claims to be "sitting on some other key developments in the case." So stay tuned.

posted by Jeff | 12:22 PM |
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