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Profile: Vaclav Havel

 
  

Positions that Vaclav Havel has held:

  • President of the Czech Republic


 

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Early 2002, probably May or later      Complete Iraq timeline

       Czech president Vaclav Havel informs Washington that there is no evidence to substantiate claims that 9/11 plotter Mohammed Atta met with Iraqi diplomat Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani in Prague in April 2001 (see April 8, 2001). The information is relayed to the White House quietly to avoid embarrassing top Czech officials—presumably Interior Minister Stanislav Gross -who had publicly stated on more than one occasion that there was no evidence to suggest that the meeting did not take place. The New York Times will report in October 2002: “Mr. Havel ... moved carefully behind the scenes in the months after the reports of the Prague meeting came to light to try to determine what really happened, officials said. He asked trusted advisers to investigate, and they quietly went through back channels to talk with Czech intelligence officers to get to the bottom of the story. The intelligence officers told them there was no evidence of a meeting.” The New York Times also reports that analysts in the Czech intelligence service were furious that the Prime Minister stovepiped the information straight to Washington, before they had the opportunity to investigate further. [New York Times, 10/21/02; United Press International, 10/20/03 Sources: Unnamed CIA and FBI officials]
People and organizations involved: Mohammed Atta, Ahmed Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani, Vaclav Havel, Stanislav Gross  Additional Info 
          

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