Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Powerline Doing The Work of Major Media: Three years of the Condor

Scott at Powerline phoned the CIA and as a followup sent the CIA some pertinent questions regarding Joseph Wilson and Michael Scheuer (who was allowed by the CIA to publish a book while still an analyst at the CIA).

Questions about Wilson:
(1) Why wasn't Wilson's February 2002 trip to Niger made subject to a confidentiality agreement?
(2) Did the Agency contemplate that Wilson would publicly discuss the trip at will upon his return?
(3) Did the agency anticipate that if he did so, it would attract attention to the employment of his wife by the agency?
(4) Why did the Agency select Wilson for the mission to Niger to check out such an important and sensitive matter given his lack of experience in intelligence or investigation?
(5) Was the Agency aware when it selected him for the mission of his hostility to the Bush administration?

Questions about Scheuer:
(1) Has the Agency ever before in its history authorized the publication of a book by a current Agency employee attacking the incumbent administration?
(2) Was Scheuer's employment status classified at any time between 1999 and the time he resigned from the Agency? If so, over what period?
(3) Can you cite any previous instances in the history of the Agency of currently employed Agency analysts attacking the incumbent administration?

Go read the responses to these very pertinent questions by the CIA.
Power Line: Three years of the Condor

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