- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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John R. Bolton planned to ask CIA Director George J. Tenet to help punish a government intelligence analyst who disagreed with him, and then misled a Senate committee about the matter, a Democratic Senate report released yesterday says.

Mr. Bolton pushed for months to have the analyst removed from his job or otherwise disciplined but testified under oath at his confirmation hearing to be ambassador to the United Nations that he “made no effort to have discipline imposed” on the man, according to details revealed for the first time in the report.

“Bolton’s effort to minimize the significance of his efforts is disingenuous,” says the report from Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The document is attached to a short summary of Mr. Bolton’s qualifications and an account of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s lengthy investigation prepared by the committee’s Republican chairman, Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana.


The committee investigated accusations about Mr. Bolton’s conduct and temperament for weeks before sending his name to the full Senate for debate without the customary recommendation of approval.

Democrats on the committee oppose Mr. Bolton for the U.N. job, calling him a rigid ideologue ill-suited for the diplomatic post and a bureaucratic infighter who may have misused government intelligence. Their report, prepared for an expected vote on Mr. Bolton’s nomination, recommends that the Senate reject the nomination.

“By itself, Mr. Bolton’s credibility problem on intelligence matters makes him the wrong man for the U.N. job at this critical time,” the Democratic report says. To support their accusations, the Democrats refer to e-mails and other documents that have not been released publicly.

The analyst is not named in the report, presumably because he is in an undercover job overseas.

Mr. Bolton and the analyst tangled in 2002 over Cuba. Mr. Bolton, the State Department’s arms control chief, had accused Cuba of a vigorous drive to develop weapons of mass destruction; that view exceeded the consensus of most U.S. analysts.

“Documentary evidence provided to the committee confirms Bolton’s efforts to punish the [analyst],” the report says. “One State Department e-mail states that Mr. Bolton planned to talk to Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet about the matter.”

The analyst was not removed from his job or otherwise reprimanded. Another analyst who disagreed with Mr. Bolton also was not reassigned.

The report refers to e-mails and other documents that have not been made public. One e-mail indicated Mr. Bolton worked for some time to get the analyst transferred, an outcome that Democrats say would have been a huge black mark on the analyst’s career.

An e-mail provided to the committee “indicates that Mr. Bolton had lost patience with the delay in seeking the removal of the [analyst] and that he did not ‘want it to slip away further,’” the report says.

The report says Mr. Bolton’s office spent four months working on letters that Mr. Bolton and another top State Department official would send to CIA officials to try to get the analyst pushed out. It does not say whether the letters were sent.

The Senate has not scheduled a confirmation vote on Mr. Bolton.

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