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Tenet Defends CIA Intelligence Role In Iraq War

As controversy continues over the reliability of American and British intelligence information used to justify the 2003 war in Iraq, the Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, George J. Tenet, has delivered a speech at Georgetown University, defending the role played by the agency he has led since 1997.

  • Listen to extracts of Tenet’s speech (5m)

Transcript of speech by George Tenet, Director of the CIA.

Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction

CIAI have come here today to talk to you—and to the American people—about something important to our nation and central to our future:  how the United States intelligence community evaluated Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs over the past decade, leading to a National Intelligence Estimate in October of 2002.

I want to tell you about our information and how we reached our judgments.

I will tell you what I think—honestly and directly. [Read more…]