segunda-feira, abril 05, 2004
A "Confissão" de Colin Powell (via Picuinhices)
Mais uma vez o "partido" anti-americano pensa ter encontrado nas declarações de altos responsáveis da Administração Bush a prova ultima da má-fé deste relativamente à invasão do Iraque. Mais uma vez nota-se que se basearam em fontes secundárias e não basearam as suas declarações nas fontes originais. Eis a pergunta que despoletou a polémica:
QUESTION: I?d like to go back to your UN speech from last year. One of the most dramatic elements of that speech was about the mobile biological labs. And in recent weeks it has emerged that one of those intelligence sources you cited was flagged as unreliable by U.S. intelligence and another source had never been interviewed by U.S. officials and that we didn?t even know his name. It turns out that he was a relative of the INC. So, in light of that, was this really the best intelligence the U.S. could have put forward at the time?
SECRETARY POWELL: It was presented to me in the preparation of that as the best information and intelligence that we had. And I looked at the four elements that they gave me for that one and they stood behind them. Now it appears not to be the case, that it was that solid. But at the time that I was preparing that presentation it was presented to me as being solid. Now, the commission that is going to be starting its work soon, I hope will look into these matters to see whether or not the intelligence agency had a basis for the confidence that they placed in the intelligence at that time. They certainly indicated to me as I was working on that, that it was solid. I?m not the intelligence community, but I probed and I made sure, and as I said in my presentation, these are multi-sourced. And that was the most dramatic of them and I made sure it was multi-sourced. Now, if the sources fell apart then we need to find out how we?ve gotten ourselves in that position. I?ve had discussions with the CIA about it.
posted by Miguel Noronha 2:29 da tarde
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