Saturday, April 22, 2006

Flopping Aces on the CIA leak

The Ace quotes an earlier Weekly Standard article on the CIA's war on Bush. It is one of the oddest stories of this administration. Really odd that it's taken Bush this long to crack down on behavior that would never be tolerated at a civilian agency.

Flopping Ace has lots of links and background. Here's from the Weekly Standard,

“The CIA’s war against the Bush administration is one of the great untold stories of the past three years. It is, perhaps, the agency’s most successful covert action of recent times. The CIA has used its budget to fund criticism of the administration by former Democratic officeholders. The agency allowed an employee, Michael Scheuer, to publish and promote a book containing classified information, as long as, in Scheuer’s words, “the book was being used to bash the president.” However, the agency’s preferred weapon has been the leak. In one leak after another, generally to the New York Times or the Washington Post, CIA officials have sought to undermine America’s foreign policy. Usually this is done by leaking reports or memos critical of administration policies or skeptical of their prospects. Through it all, our principal news outlets, which share the agency’s agenda and profit from its torrent of leaks, have maintained a discreet silence about what should be a major scandal.”

1 comment:

Dave said...

But Bill, you'll have seen the reports in NYT and other places that 100,000 people now work for the 16 US intelligence agencies, which have a budget of $44bn??

So they take on a life of their own and start acting in what they perceive as their own interest. It's inevitable.