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Senators' report faults CIA on Iraq Shaky data became firm warnings, panel says

A classified Senate investigative report says U.S. intelligence agencies turned vague, incomplete information into firm warnings about the threat posed by Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. The report by the Senate Intelligence Committee raps CIA Director George Tenet and his top advisers at the National Intelligence Council for a prewar intelligence ”estimate” that said Iraq possessed chemical and biological weapons, even though the intelligence behind that assertion was shaky. The firmness of that finding, set against the failure to find any weapons since the war, has become an embarrassment to U.S. intelligence agencies and led to criticism of President Bush. Though the report is still being edited and portions blacked out so it can be publicly released, Republicans and Democrats have agreed on its key findings, senators and Senate staffers said. ”The picture in regards to intelligence is not very flattering,” Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chairman of the intelligence committee, said Sunday on CNN’s Late Edition. Full Story

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