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Profile: Ray McGovern


Positions that Ray McGovern has held:

  • Analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency




Quote, April 2003

   Politicization of intelligence is “a problem whenever a US administration sets its heart on a policy that cannot be supported by intelligence.” [Baltimore Sun, 4/4/03]

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Quote, July 2003

   “The Agency analysts that we are in touch with are disheartened, dispirited, angry. They are outraged.” [CBS News, 7/19/03]

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Quote, September 2003

   “There is plenty of documented evidence that they have been planning these attacks for a long time and that 9/11 accelerated their plan. (The weapons of mass destruction issue) was all contrived, so was the connection of Iraq with al-Qaeda. It was all PR... Josef Goebbels had this dictum: If you say something often enough, the people will believe it.” He added: “I think we ought to be all worried about fascism.” [London Daily Mirror, 9/22/03]

Quote, Late 2003

   “Now we know that no other President of the United States has ever lied so baldly and so often and so demonstrably ... The presumption now has to be that he's lying any time that he's saying anything.” [Independent, 11/9/03]

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Ray McGovern actively participated in the following events:


Shortly after February 12, 2002      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       The Director of Central Intelligence's (DCI) Center for Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation, and Arms Control (WINPAC) completes a “senior publish when ready” report, an intelligence assessment with limited distribution, which states, “[I]nformation on the alleged uranium contract between Iraq and Niger comes exclusively from a foreign government service report (see October 15, 2001) that lacks crucial details, and we are working to clarify the information and to determine whether it can be corroborated.” The report discusses the details of a recent foreign intelligence report (see February 5, 2002) issued by the CIA Directorate of Operations and says that “some of the information in the report contradicts reporting (see November 20, 2001) from the US Embassy in Niamey, Niger. US diplomats say the French government-led consortium that operates Niger's two uranium mines maintains complete control over uranium mining and yellowcake production.” The CIA sends a separate version of this assessment to Vice President Dick Cheney. Unlike the official version, the copy sent to Cheney names the foreign intelligence agency, which the New Yorker will later reveal is the Italian SISMI. [New Yorker, 10/20/03 Sources: Report On The US Intelligence Community's Prewar Intelligence Assessments On Iraq] Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern describes Cheney's receipt of this document as “odd.” “[I]n more than two years of briefing then-Vice President George H. W. Bush every other morning, not once did he ask a question about a DIA report or even indicate that he had read one,” McGovern will note. “That this particular report was given to Cheney almost certainly reflects the widespread practice of ‘cherry picking’ intelligence.” [AfterDowningStreet [.org], 7/25/2005]
People and organizations involved: Richard ("Dick") Cheney, Ray McGovern, Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation, and Arms Control

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