5,246. 7/17/2003

“According to a report in London’s Guardian newspaper [on July 17, 2003], the OSP [Office of Special Plans] also forged close ties to a parallel, ad hoc intelligence unit within [Prime Minister] Ariel Sharon’s office in Israel. It was designed to go around the country’s own intelligence organization, Mossad. The purpose of the unit, said The Guardian was to provide key people in the Bush administration ‘with more alarmist reports on Saddam’s Iraq than Mossad was prepared to authorize.’ Thus, the OSP was getting cooked intelligence not only from its own intelligence unit but also from a similar Israeli cell. …Although deliberately kept in the shadows, Israeli intelligence worked closely with [Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas] Feith and other parts of the Pentagon.”

 – James Bamford, A Pretext for War, Pages 308-309

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