Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Bush administration lied about reason for firing CIA agent last Friday, wasn't because she leaked about CIA prisons  

Team Bush: Incompetent or Evil? This one stores a 9 for imcompetence on getting their story straight, and an 10 for firing someone 10 days before retirement.

This smells VERY VERY rotten. AMERICAblog: Because a great nation deserves the truth
They fired this woman ten days before she was due to retire. Then they lied about why. Sounds to me like this was one more bit of retribution by George Bush against a woman whose expert analysis of the facts didn't toe the Bush pro-war line.

The CIA is not admitting that they didn't fire her for the reason they previously stated:

A lawyer representing fired CIA officer Mary O. McCarthy said yesterday that his client did not leak any classified information and did not disclose to Washington Post reporter Dana Priest the existence of secret CIA-run prisons in Eastern Europe for suspected terrorists.

The statement by Ty Cobb, a lawyer in the Washington office of Hogan & Hartson who said he was speaking for McCarthy, came on the same day that a senior intelligence official said the agency is not asserting that McCarthy was a key source of Priest's award-winning articles last year disclosing the agency's secret prisons.

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