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This source is hereafter cited as Marshall Interviews. Thirty-six friends and colleagues wrote Marshall that they had earlier—in some cases decades earlier—predicted his appointment. Dozens more wrote that they had felt certain that he would someday become chief of staff. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General]. Wunderlin, Jr.

Lexington, Va. Marshall Foundation, Vessey Digital Archive. Skip to content. There is no competition in the intelligence community.


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In other words leaders don't listen to various parts of the intelligence community debate one another. Instead it's a conformist community. And the DCI and-- at that time presided over the conformity. In other words, if-- you had a dissenting view, that dissenting view might make it into a footnote. It might make it into a qualifying paragraph.

But the intelligence community, speaking through the-- director of Central Intelligence, was going to have a conformist view. And that view was going to be collected from the community, but it was going to be a conformist view. And there's-- it's absurd to think that the director for Central Intelligence, or now the National Director of Intelligence, is not influenced by the politics around-- him or her.

Is it just a-- an issue of there's a dominant view in the intelligence community and the competing views aren't heard? Or are you concerned that the view of the intelligence community that, for instance, Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, is in a sense being imposed from the top?

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I-- don't think you can escape it because of human nature. Then he is going to absorb during those meetings what the President wants. What the President is looking for. What the angle of attack the President has is.

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And he's going to search for intelligence that will support that angle of attack. That's just the nature of human beings. So it's absurd for someone to say that the intelligence is not politicized at all. Of course it is. It has to be. It has to conform to the leader's wishes-- to a certain extent. And what you need in this competitive community I've described is people who will stand up to power and tell truth to power.

We don't know what was said. What do you think was going on? And as I've said, it's absurd to think that intelligence isn't somehow politicized at times. It's equally absurd for the Vice President to assert that his trips out to the agency were not bringing undue influence on the agency.

That's preposterous. Anytime a leader of his stature visits a single agency that many times, he is, by simply the virtue of his position, bringing undue influence on that agency.

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He's the kind of guy who could lean on somebody? And be just as quiet and taciturn about it as-- he-- as he leaned on 'em. As he leaned on the Congress recently-- in the-- torture issue. Given what you now know, how does that make you feel? I've said in other places that it was-- constitutes the lowest point in my professional life. My participation in that presentation at the UN constitutes the lowest point in my professional life. I participated in a hoax on the American people, the international community and the United Nations Security Council.

How do you think that makes me feel? Thirty-one years in the United States Army and I more or less end my career with that kind of a blot on my record? That's not a very comforting thing. That's quite a word. It was not a hoax that the Secretary in any way was complicit in. In fact he did his best-- I watched him work. And to try and hone the presentation down to what was, in the DCI's own words, a slam dunk. Iron clad. We threw many things out. We threw the script that Scooter Libby had given the-- Secretary of State. Forty-eight page script on WMD.

We threw that out the first day. And we turned to the National Intelligence estimate as part of the recommendation of George Tenent and my agreement with. But even that turned out to be, in its substantive parts-- that is stockpiles of chemicals, biologicals and production capability that was hot and so forth, and an active nuclear program. The three most essential parts of that presentation turned out to be absolutely false.

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