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An Old Hand in New Terrain of Top Intelligence Job

Few officials in the Bush administration better understand the damage that can be wreaked by faulty or politicized intelligence than John Dimitri Negroponte. The man whom President Bush selected on Thursday as the nation’s first director of national intelligence first saw the impact of erroneous assessments of the enemy as a young foreign service officer in Vietnam. As American ambassador to the United Nations in the run-up to the war in Iraq, he held the unenviable job of selling the invasion of Iraq on the basis of a classified National Intelligence Estimate that detailed Saddam Hussein’s pursuit and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction, an estimate that turned out to be almost all wrong.Full Story

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