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C.I.A. Disputes Accusations That Its Prewar Conclusions on Iraq Arms Were Flawed

The Central Intelligence Agency responded angrily on Friday to new Congressional criticism of its handling of prewar intelligence about Iraq’s suspected illicit weapons program. At a briefing at C.I.A. headquarters, four senior intelligence officials said that a top-secret internal review now underway had found no evidence of faulty work. “What it has shown us is that the judgments were not only sound, they were very sound, and backed up by more than one source,” a senior intelligence official said of the review, which is being conducted under orders from George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence. The briefing was organized in response to a report in The Washington Post that said the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was preparing to issue a report saying that intelligence agencies made serious errors of judgment in their prewar conclusion that Iraq possessed chemical and biological weapons and was reconstituting its nuclear program.Full Story

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