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Intel committee to vote Tuesday on Brennan for CIA
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has scheduled a vote Tuesday on the nomination of White House counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan to be CIA director, moving the embattled pick one step closer to confirmation by the full Senate.
Mrs. Feinstein previously had wanted to schedule the vote for this week, other congressional staffers have said, but delayed it after committee members saw emails that showed Mr. Brennan’s role in drafting controversial “talking points” about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Libya.
White House officials told The Times on Wednesday that the emails show that Mr. Brennan played a minor role in drafting the talking points and none at all in making the changes that have infuriated Republicans. The emails will be shared next week with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Many in the U.S. intelligence community were convinced early on that the military-style assault was probably the work of al Qaeda-linked extremists.
But the talking points — prepared three days after the event — did not call the attack an act of terrorism, and a reference to the attackers’ al Qaeda link was removed. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice cited that incorrect information in Sunday TV talk show appearances on Sept. 16.
Officials have said the changes were made within the intelligence community to protect sources and methods because the evidence of the link to al Qaeda came from highly classified electronic eavesdropping techniques.
But Republicans have contended that the al Qaeda link was deleted because it undermined President Obama’s election campaign message that the terror network was decimated.
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About the Author
Shaun Waterman is an award-winning reporter for The Washington Times, covering foreign affairs, defense and cybersecurity. He was a senior editor and correspondent for United Press International for nearly a decade, and has covered the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. His reporting on the Sept. 11 Commission and the tortuous process by which some of its recommendations finally became ...
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