September 12, 2006
Vice President Dick Cheney
The White House
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. Vice President:
On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” you stated “we don’t know” whether September 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta ever met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague.
Just last Friday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report that cites multiple declassified intelligence assessments, some from as early as mid-2002, reporting evidence that the meeting did not occur. In addition, the 9/11 Commission concluded that “[t]he available evidence does not support the original Czech report” of a meeting between Mohammed Atta and an Iraqi officer.
There are also classified assessments on this topic from the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, dated 20 March 2006 and 27 April 2006, respectively.
The evidence is now public and the facts undisputed that the Prague meeting never happened. There was no provable link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda prior to 9/11.
I urge you to correct your statement on “Meet the Press” and to be accurate in any future remarks.
cc: Rep. Peter Hoekstra, Chairman
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
U.S. House of Representatives
Hon. John Negroponte
Director of National Intelligence