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    Former CIA Director Tenet Threatens Disclosures Friday, Sept. 2, 2005 http://newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/9/2/110832.shtml Former CIA director George Tenet,
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 4, 2005
      Former CIA Director Tenet Threatens Disclosures
      Friday, Sept. 2, 2005

      Former CIA director George Tenet, said to be the target of what the
      Washington Times called "a scathing report by Inspector General John
      Helgerson" - may go public with embarrassing disclosures about the
      Bush administration and its actions leading up to Sept. 11, 2001.

      The CIA report, prepared as the result of a 17-month investigation by
      a team of 11 CIA officials, blames Tenet and several top CIA
      officials for its failure pre-9/11 to deal with al-Qaida.

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      But former Reagan White House aide and intelligence expert John B.
      Roberts II, quoting an anonymous source close to Tenet, wrote in
      Thursday's Washington Times that the former chief spook has no
      intention of taking it lying down.

      The report, delivered to Congress this week, recommends punitive
      sanctions against Tenet, former Deputy Director of Operations James
      L. Pavitt and former counter-terrorist center head J. Cofer Black.

      Roberts writes, "George Tenet is not going to let himself become the
      fall guy for the September 11th intelligence failures, according to a
      former intelligence officer and a source friendly to Mr. Tenet."

      In retaliation, Roberts says that Tenet may turn the tables and put
      the blame on President Bush.

      Tenet, he claims, has already written a fiery, 20-page, "tightly
      knitted rebuttal" to the Inspector General's report. But Tenet's
      response has been marked "classified," in contrast to usual CIA
      practice. Also unavailable to the public is the report itself.

      Roberts says Tenet's decision to strike back could be very bad news
      for the President.

      Wrote Roberts, "Mr. Tenet's decision to defend himself against the
      charges in the report poses a potential crisis for the White House.

      "According to a former clandestine services officer, the former CIA
      director turned down a publisher's $4.5 million book offer because he
      didn't want to embarrass the White House by rehashing the failure to
      prevent September 11 and the flawed intelligence on Iraq's weapons of
      mass destruction."

      Quoting a "knowledgeable source," Roberts wrote that Tenet "had
      a `wink and a nod' understanding with the White House that he
      wouldn't be scapegoated for intelligence failings."

      Roberts claims a "deal" was made between Tenet and Bush, one that was
      sealed with the President's award of the Presidential Freedom Medal
      to the former CIA head.

      In his rebuttal, Tenet, Roberts warns, "treads perilously close to
      affirming the account of Richard Clarke, the former NSC terrorism
      official who claimed the Bush administration's had delayed adopting a
      strategy against al-Qaida."

      Current CIA Director Porter Goss is between a rock and a hard place,
      according to Roberts, who explains that Goss will be criticized for
      covering up if he does nothing. But if he follows the IG's
      recommendation to convene formal hearings as a prelude to sanctions,
      Tenet himself may go public to defend his reputation by damaging the
      President and his administration.

      Roberts concludes: "The $4.5 million book offer may soon be back on
      the table, and this time Mr. Tenet might take it."



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