Is the CIA Protecting the Saudis?

(Newsweek) - Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball The CIA is demanding that former agent Robert Baer remove passages from his upcoming book, entitled Sleeping with The Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude, that claims that high ranking members of the Saudi royal family have been involved in political assassination plots and the training of Chechen rebels with apparent ties to al Qaeda. The move threatens to open up yet another front in the ongoing debate over whether the CIA and its political masters in the Bush administration are being overly protective of Saudi Arabia in the war on terror. The CIA is currently fighting a similar battle with the Congress, refusing to declassify major portions of an 800 page report by the House and Senate intelligence committees that contains evidence of possible Saudi government connections to some of the 9/11 hijackers.

2003-06-05 00:00:00

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