5,219. 7/11/2003

On July 11, 2003, “President Bush and the national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, told reporters traveling with the president in Africa that the CIA had approved the language in the [January 28, 2003] State of the Union address [which claimed Iraq sought to purchase uranium from Niger]. ‘I gave a speech to the nation that was cleared by the intelligence services,’ said Bush. Rice added, ‘The CIA cleared the speech in its entirety.’ ”

 – Stephen F. Hayes, Cheney, Page 416

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