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Monday, July 14, 2003
The Real Question: Who Put It In?

While attention has been focused (more or less) on George Tenet and why the "16 words" about Niger weren't removed from the State of the Union address, I think a better question is, "Who put those words in the SotU and argued for keeping them there?" Since they were removed from a speech three months earlier, it seems pretty unlikely that anyone involved in drafting the SotU didn't know about it.

CIA Director George J. Tenet successfully intervened with White House officials to have a reference to Iraq seeking uranium from Niger removed from a presidential speech last October, three months before a less specific reference to the same intelligence appeared in the State of the Union address, according to senior administration officials.
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