Oh, Those Documents

The CIA admits misleading prosecutors in the Iraqgate affair

THE TIMING COULD NOT HAVE BEEN WORSE FOR THE Bush campaign. The Senate Intelligence Committee is burrowing into the possibility that the CIA and the Justice Department collaborated to mislead prosecutors looking into the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro's illicit loans to Iraq. Blaming an "honest mistake," CIA officials have conceded responsibility for a Sept. 17 letter that failed to advise prosecutors and a federal judge that the agency possessed a cache of classified cables relating to the case. Late last week, according to the New York Times and the Washington Post, CIA officials testified in closed hearings that a senior Justice...

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