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Monday, July 02, 2007

Former DIA analyst challenges George Tenet's account on Iraq/al Qaeda intelligence – Regime of Terror

From a site, “the intent of which is to provide a comprehensive and analytical historical resource focusing on a number of issues relating to terrorism and Saddam Hussein’s regime, stories both confirming both links between the former regime and efforts by it's members to counter terrorism;” comes this latest post from Regime of Terror.

Cross posted from Regime of Terror:

In a recent Washington Post Op-Ed former DIA analyst Christina Shelton discussed her intelligence work analyzing links between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's Iraq and countered some of the conventional wisdom on the subject while taking issue with the way her background and work were depicted in former CIA director George Tenet's recent book "At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA."

Responding to Tenet's charge that she claimed the debate over Iraq - al Qaeda links was "open-and-shut" and in no need of further analysis Shelton wrote:
I said the covert nature of the relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda made it difficult to know its full extent; al-Qaeda's security precautions and Iraq's need to cloak its activities with terrorist networks precluded a full appreciation of their relationship.

Cooperation or meetings between the two sides would likely be something which would necessitate extreme secrecy and the information of such meetings/cooperation would likely be compartmentalized on a "need to know" basis if/when such meetings took.


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