Tuesday, October 03, 2006
What did Condi know and when did she know it?
From Chicago Tribune/New York Times
CIA chief warned Rice, records show
Al Qaeda briefing held 2 months before 9/11
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- A review of White House records has determined that George Tenet, then director of the Central Intelligence Agency, did brief Condoleezza Rice and other top officials on July 10, 2001, about the looming threat from Al Qaeda, a State Department spokesman said Monday.
The account by spokesman Sean McCormack came hours after Rice, the secretary of state, told reporters aboard her airplane that she didn't recall the specific meeting on July 10, noting that she had met repeatedly with Tenet in the summer of 2001 about terrorist threats. Rice, then the national security adviser, said it was "incomprehensible" to suggest she had ignored terrorist threats two months before the Sept. 11 attacks.
When details of the meeting emerged last week in "State of Denial," a new book by journalist and author Bob Woodward, administration officials questioned Woodward's reporting.
Now, after several days, both current and former Bush administration officials have confirmed parts of Woodward's account.