Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ex-Spy Alleges Bush White House Sought to Discredit Critic

By , The New York Times, June 15, 2011

WASHINGTON — A former senior C.I.A. official says that officials in the Bush White House sought damaging personal information on a prominent American critic of the Iraq war in order to discredit him.

Arturo Rodriguez for the New York Times
 Juan Cole, a professor, blogger and Iraq war critic, said he would have been a disappointing target for the Bush White House.

Glenn L. Carle, a former C.I.A. officer, said he was “intensely disturbed” by what he said was an effort against Professor Cole.

Glenn L. Carle, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who was a top counterterrorism official during the administration of President George W. Bush, said the White House at least twice asked intelligence officials to gather sensitive information on Juan Cole, a University of Michigan professor who writes an influential blog that criticized the war.

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