CIA ‘mea culpa’ published

by Andrew Mason

Washington, DC, September 5, 2012 – The online magazine today published an extraordinary CIA document on the recent Iraq war which the National Security Archive obtained through a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) request to the CIA.

The document, “Misreading Intentions: Iraq’s Reaction to Inspection Created Picture of Deception,” dated January 5, 2006, blames “analyst liabilities,” such as neglecting to examine Iraq’s deceptive behavior “through an Iraqi prism,” for the failure to correctly assess the country’s virtually non-existent WMD capabilities. The review was one in a series of reevaluations the agency produced of its own work after Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Archive obtained the analysis by filing a MDR request after noticing a footnote to it in a September 2006 report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. MDRs are similar to Freedom of Information Act requests but are more effective in cases where a specific record can be identified, such as by title and date. It took the CIA almost six years to release the report.

The document:

CIA, Directorate of Intelligence, “Misreading Intentions: Iraq’s Reaction to Inspections Created Picture of Deception”, Secret, January 5, 2006.

See also:

Classified CIA Mea Culpa on Iraq – By Tom Blanton, Foreign Policy, September 5, 2012

Iraq: How the CIA Says It Blew It on Saddam’s WMD – By Mark Thompson, Time, September 6, 2012

Inside the CIA Dossier on Iraq – By Vijay Prashad, Counterpunch, September 6, 2012

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