Here is a choice passage from William Safire’s latest:
Present and former C.I.A. types, fresh from exacting their vengeance on their hated critic, Ahmad Chalabi, are telling media outlets that Alawi has always been their asset. This boasting by our leakiest intelligence agents is harmful to the presumptive prime minister because Alawi cannot let himself appear to be any outsider’s puppet. But apparently some of our spooks feel that settling scores and falsely claiming credit takes precedence over U.S. and Iraqi interests.
Those rascally devils at the CIA! On Safire’s telling, in a fit of pique they’ve just let on – falsely – that Allawi is their man, which no one would have known had they just kept hush-hush about it.
Is this true? No. No, it is not true. It is demonstrably false. Let us proceed to the demonstration. Let us confirm that Allawi’s association with the CIA was common knowledge long before his appointment as head of the interim government. Let us turn to lexis-nexis:
A single voice crying in the wilderness (1)