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Gorelick Defends Information-Sharing Policies

Jamie S. Gorelick, the embattled Sept. 11 commission member who served as a deputy attorney general during the Clinton administration, fired back at critics who said she erected the “wall” between the FBI and the CIA that kept them from sharing intelligence and possibly from doing more to prevent the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In an opinion piece written for today’s Washington Post, Gorelick says that a memo she wrote in March 1995 about information sharing between the two agencies “permits freer coordination between intelligence and criminal investigators than was subsequently permitted” by two other guidelines. Gorelick’s opinion comes five days after Attorney General John D. Ashcroft partly blamed the 2001 attacks on her memo during his testimony before the commission, and four days after Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) called on Gorelick to resign, citing “an inherent conflict of interest.” Full Story

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