CIA May Be Hindering Iraq Inspections

| February 2003

The CIA is withholding crucial information about Saddam Hussein’s arsenal and “sabotaging” UN weapons inspectors, according to congressional sources.

The London-based Independent reports that Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and number of senior Democrats in the Senate have charged CIA director George Tenet with lying to a Senate panel about the level of cooperation between the intelligence agency and the UN inspectors. The allegations were sparked by Tenet’s testimony Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, during which the CIA director testified that the agency had turned over to UN inspectors all the information on probable weapons locations in Iraq. Later the same day, testifying before a different panel, Tenet admitted there were a “handful” of locations the CIA may not have told the inspectors about.