CIA’s Onerous Cuts Into Agent’s 9/11 Book Include Public Testimony

History may be written by the victors, but it is carefully redacted by the CIA.

That’s the lesson coming out of a new report today on former FBI agent Ali H. Soufan’s book detailing a missed opportunity to derail the 9/11 plot. The CIA is demanding a massive amount of redactions on national security grounds, some as small as demanding that he remove the words “I” and “me” when referring to himself, and at least one case where they demanded a statement Soufan made in open testimony at a US Senate hearing removed.

The CIA defended the moves, saying “just because something is in the public domain doesn’t mean it’s been officially released or declassifed.”

Read the whole sordid tale at the New York Times

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