FACT: CIA Faced ‘Significant Pressure’ on Iraq Intel


Senior administration officials, including President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, have suggested recently that U.S. intelligence analysts faced no pressure from administration officials to produce information that would support the case for war.

A White House document released Tuesday says the following:

Congressional And Independent Committees Have Repeatedly Found No Political Pressure To Change Intelligence.

This is false — the answer to whether there was political pressure was left to Phase II of the Senate investigation, which is currently being stonewalled by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS).

But we don’t have to wait for the Senate report to know that intelligence analysts were pressured by the White House. As Knight-Ridder points out:

In a July 2003 report, a CIA review panel found that agency analysts were subjected to “steady and heavy” requests from administration officials for evidence of links between Iraq and al-Qaida, which created “significant pressure on the Intelligence Community to find evidence that supported a connection.”