Intelligence: Step One For Gates

Step One For Gates

They may not have had the high drama of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill confrontation, but the Senate hearings on Robert Gates' nomination to head the CIA offered a similar menu of shocking allegations and wildly divergent recollections. Last week the intelligence committee voted 11-4 to recommend his appointment.

The panel had heard allegations that as deputy director of the agency under William Casey, Gates ignored intelligence reports that did not conform to the political aims of the Reagan Administration. Also, some witnesses claimed that he may have misled Congress about his knowledge of the Iran-contra affair, a charge that Gates denied....

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