5,610. 2/5/2004

CIA Director George Tenet admitted to errors in intelligence gathering at his February 5, 2004, speech at Georgetown University: “[T]he intelligence community had been ‘generally on target’ in its warnings that Saddam was developing long-range missiles. But the CIA ‘may have overestimated the progress Saddam was making’ on nuclear weapons. As for biological weapons stockpiles and mobile laboratories…’we are finding discrepancies in some claims made by human sources’ to whom the agency ‘lacked direct access.’ The CIA, Tenet said, ‘did not ourselves penetrate the inner sanctum’ of Saddam’s programs but had ‘access to emigres and defectors’ along with high-level information from ‘a trusted foreign partner.’ ”

 – Karen DeYoung, Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell, Pages 491-492

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