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Colleague of Ex-Official Disputes Part of Account

A senior national security official who worked alongside Richard A. Clarke on Sept. 11, 2001, is disputing central elements of Mr. Clarke’s account of events in the White House Situation Room that day, declaring that it “is a much better screenplay than reality was.” The official, Franklin C. Miller, who acknowledges that he was often a bureaucratic rival of Mr. Clarke, said in an interview on Monday that almost none of the conversations that Mr. Clarke, who was the counterterrorism chief, recounts in the first chapter of his book, “Against All Enemies,” match Mr. Miller’s recollection of events. Last week, when Mr. Clarke leveled accusations that President Bush and his staff largely ignored terrorism before Sept. 11, the White House responded by calling into question some of Mr. Clarke’s descriptions of conversations. Full Story

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