CIA vs. OSP….Philip Giraldi, about whom I know nothing, says that an “extremely reliable and well placed source in the intelligence community” tells him that Ron Suskind was wrong about the CIA forging a backdated letter trying to link al-Qaeda to Saddam Hussein. For one thing, he says:

My source [] notes that Dick Cheney, who was behind the forgery, hated and mistrusted the Agency and would not have used it for such a sensitive assignment.

I have to admit that this strikes me as an extremely compelling comment. In fact, when I first read Suskind’s allegation, it was one of the first thoughts that popped into my head. So who did do it?

Instead, he went to Doug Feith’s Office of Special Plans and asked them to do the job. The Pentagon has its own false documents center, primarily used to produce fake papers for Delta Force and other special ops officers traveling under cover as businessmen. It was Feith’s office that produced the letter and then surfaced it to the media in Iraq.

That seems much more plausible — though perhaps also a little too convenient. Seems like Feith is sort of the default whipping boy for just about everything these days, isn’t he?

Then again, there’s a reason Feith has the reputation he does. So who knows? In any case, that’s the latest gossip. More to come, I’m sure.

Via Balloon Juice.

UPDATE: A trusted correspondent who has dealt with him suggests that Giraldi be taken with a big grain of salt. That would probably be a good idea regardless.

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