Broken promise: A secret report on 9/11 intelligence failures within the CIA that lays blame on the agency’s former leaders could result in retaliatory revelations about White House shenanigans related to the “fixing” of pre-war intelligence and, perhaps, the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame.
The report, which was prepared by the CIA’s Inspector General, allegedly lays the blame for pre-9/11 intelligence lapses on former CIA Director George Tenet and other current and former top agency officials.
The document recommends establishing an “accountability board” to investigate whether Tenet and his team were aggressive enough in going after the al-Qaida network, and how he handled squabbles over the sharing of intelligence between the National Security Agency and the CIA.
In response, Tenet hired a lawyer and prepared a 20-page rebuttal to the report in which he denies assertions of the witnesses against him and questions the lack of interviews with people who might have presented a countervailing view. Tenet’s response is also classified.
Sources close to Tenet say that before he resigned, he struck a “wink and nod” deal with President Bush in which Tenet turned down a $4.5 million advance to write a tell-all book in return for Bush’s promise that the intelligence failures would not be laid on Tenet. The deal was reportedly sealed when Bush awarded Tenet the Presidential Medal of Freedom in December 2004.
We have to wonder if Tenet could be gullible enough to believe that Bush would keep his end of the deal – or maybe Tenet believed that what he knows about Bush was enough to ensure the president would keep his word.
But now the big question is – has Tenet called his publisher to see if the $4.5 million offer is still open for the tell-all book.