February 26, 2004

Pat Tyler Watch

Remember this old story that appeared trumped up then and still now?

Pat Tyler (piggy-backing on the Guardian) dutifully gives it some more airtime today:

"But early last year, when she saw the top secret request from the Americans to spy on United Nations diplomats to glean information that might sway the debate on the war, she was "horrified."

The e-mail message was from Frank Koza, identified as the chief of staff for the regional targets division at the National Security Agency. He was seeking a "surge" in surveillance operations on the six nations Angola, Cameroon, Chile, Bulgaria, Guinea and Pakistan that were crucial to winning a majority of the 15 votes on the Security Council for a resolution authorizing war in Iraq."

Note Tyler (and the NYT editors) merely accept the old story as a fait accompli.

But there has been no conclusive evidence that the U.S. did lead a spying campaign over at Turtle Bay during the advent to the Iraq war.

If anything, significant doubts about the verisimilitude of the original Guardian story have been raised (the Koza 'directive' appeared, to say the least, highly fishy).

So why does Bill Keller allow this copy to run? Especially without the merest of caveats inserted in the copy of Tyler's report?

Posted by Gregory at February 26, 2004 08:35 AM
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