CIA report leak could have been planned by the CIA

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Recently released CIA report casts doubt on the main arguments that were used by the administration of US President George Bush to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003. However, according to the Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor Andrew Manoilo, such leak could be planned in the bowels of the Central intelligence Agency. And the chief editor of the analytical publication “Geopolitics”, political scientist Leonid Savin believes that this exposure will not result in serious political consequences.

The secret CIA report, in particular, talks about Mohammed Atta. This is one of the immediate leaders of the radical islamists who carried out the attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001. According to the White House version, in April 2001, a few months before the attacks, Atta allegedly met in Prague with a senior agent of then Iraqi authorities. This is how in 2003 Washington tied Baghdad and the attacks, which became another reason for the beginning of the war.

However, as it turned out, the report of the secret service tells quite a different story. CNN has published excerpts from a letter of then-CIA Director John Brennan addressed to one of the senators. The letter talks about intelligence. “No employee of the Department for combating terrorism and no expert of FBI could find evidence that Atta was in Prague. However, the conclusion was just the opposite,” – wrote Brennan.

Skepticism about a possible trip of the terrorist to the Czech Republic was expressed by the FBI and the CIA. According to security officials, the source that provided this information could be wrong. The data required validation and confirmation.

However, announcements of the intelligence agencies did not prevent then Vice-President Dick Cheney from repeatedly arguing, including in the press, that Atta traveled to Prague in April 2001 and definitely met with senior officials from Iraqi special services.

On March 13, 2003 the CIA tried for the last time to dispel the myth about the journey of Mohammed Atta to the Czech Republic, and hence a link between the September 11 attacks and the Iraqi authorities. But the White House did not listen to these arguments. The following week began the invasion of Iraq by American troops.

Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor Andrew Manoilo in an interview with RT suggested that such leak could be planned in the bowels of the Central Intelligence Agency. This, according to the expert, was done to ensure that journalists raised noise. And the CIA, in turn, could be justified and show quality work.

Obviously, the connection of the regime of Saddam Hussein with the terrorist attacks of September 11 was a mere pretext for the invasion of Iraq, thinks Manoilo. Similarly riding the wave of the outrage of the world community about the terrorist attacks, American forces invaded Afghanistan, reminded the expert.

“The myth of international terrorism, which must be fought around the world, regardless of national sovereignty and state borders, was also created in the wake of September 11 attacks. The attack was very timely for American foreign policy,” – said Doctor of Political Sciences. He recalled that Americans went into Iraq under the pretext of “saving the world from weapons of mass destruction”, which allegedly were in possession of Saddam Hussein. Then it turned out there was no such weapons in Iraq.

“After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans immediately found who to blame – those regimes which supposedly supported the terrorists,” – said the expert. According to him, after this, the society was presented a kind of legend, and the CIA tried to fabricate any evidence supporting it.

Chief editor of the analytical publication “Geopolitics”, political scientist Leonid Savin does not exclude that the U.S. population may protest against such lies of intelligence agencies and authorities. However, it will not result in serious political consequences, in the opinion of the expert. The State Department will have to justify everything by risks and threats to the US, as well as the need for interdepartmental cooperation of secret services. Thus Savin recalled that according to experts on Middle East policy, former President of Iraq Saddam Hussein was the worst enemy of the leader of Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden. And the United States, in turn, had their own plans for Iraq for the implementation of their geopolitical interests.

The invasion of coalition forces of Iraq – a military operation by the US and its allies, was undertaken in 2003 to overthrow the government of Saddam Hussein and became the first phase in a protracted Iraq war. The campaign began on March 20, on April 9, American troops occupied the capital of Iraq, Baghdad. on May 1, US President George W. Bush announced the end of active hostilities. The operation was carried out on the basis of resolutions of the UN Security Council, without additional sanction by the organization.

Translated by Kristina Rus for

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