Saturday, June 18, 2011

CNN: Spitzer probes reports that Bush tried to use CIA to discredit a professor critical of Iraq war

Former NY State Attorney General’s CNN program “In the Arena” covered an allegation last night that the Bush administration had tried to use the CIA to get reputation-damaging information about a professor, Juan Cole, at the University of Michigan, who had authored an influential blog, Informed Comment, (link) critical of the war in Iraq.

James Risen had reported on the matter in the New York Times on June 15, here.  Glenn Carle, a former CIA official, told the Times that at least twice the Bush administration tried to dig up personal stuff, in a manner reminiscent of Nixon and Watergate.

Spitzer, of course, had left office after his own behavior was "exposed", as a predecessor of Weiner. 

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