Senate Intelligence Committee Clears White House of Bullying Iraqi Intelligence Analysts

The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has found no evidence that the Bush administration pressured U.S. intelligence analysts to produce reports fitting the White House’s views on the threat posed by Iraq, USA Today reported today (see GSN, Oct. 20).

“None (of the analysts) have indicated any intimidation,” committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said.

Roberts refused to detail the full findings of his committee’s inquiry into prewar U.S. intelligence on Iraq, saying that a report would be declassified this fall and is “90 to 95 percent done.”

The committee’s report will focus on the “credibility and timeliness of the intelligence prior to the war regarding weapons of mass destruction,” Roberts said (John Diamond, USA Today, Oct. 22).

October 22, 2003
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The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has found no evidence that the Bush administration pressured U.S. intelligence analysts to produce reports fitting the White House’s views on the threat posed by Iraq, USA Today reported today (see GSN, Oct. 20).