1,623. 1/4/2000

On January 4, 2000, “After receiving a copy of [future 9/11 hijacker Khalid] al-Midhar’s picture, the Agency [CIA] failed to add him to the Watch List. Worse yet, deliberate steps were taken to prevent the FBI from getting the information. As the 9/11 Commission’s final report told the story: ‘An FBI agent detailed to the Bin Laden unit at CIA attempted to share this information with colleagues at FBI headquarters. A CIA desk officer instructed him not to send the cable with this information. Several hours later, this same desk officer drafted a cable distributed solely within CIA alleging that the visa documents had been shared with the FBI. She admitted she did not personally share the information and cannot identify who told her they had been shared. We were unable to locate anyone who claimed to have shared the information. Contemporaneous documents contradict the claim that they were shared.’ ”

 – Peter Lance, Triple Cross, Page 334

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