Thursday, January 22, 2004

Cheney Pushes "Inaccurate" Leaked Classified Document

In an interview this month, Vice President Dick Cheney touted a report and leaked classified document that the Administration itself has billed "inaccuarate" as the basis for his Iraq-Al Qaeda claims.

Specifically, when questioned about his tenuous Saddam-Al Qaeda claims, Cheney said "you ought to go look is an article that Stephen Hayes did in the Weekly Standard here a few weeks ago, that goes through and lays out in some detail, based on an assessment that was done by the Department of Defense and forwarded to the Senate Intelligence Committee some weeks ago. That's your best source of information."

Yet, the article and document Cheney is referring reporters to was discredited by the Administration as "inaccurate" weeks ago. Additionally, the Administration criticized the leak saying "Individuals who leak or purport to leak classified information are doing serious harm to national security; such activity is deplorable and may be illegal." Now, though, Cheney is actively trumpeting the "inaccurate" document as the basis for his unsubstantiated claims.

For the transcript of Cheney's interview where he directs reporters to "inaccurate" and classified material see:

For the Administration's press release calling the article "inaccurate" and condemning the leak see:

(courtesy CAP)