Richer: 'I told Suskind He was Wrong'

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In what appears to be a definitive rebuttal of author Ron Suskind's interpretation of his remarks, former CIA official Rob Richer now says he reviewed Suskind's book on the eve of its publication and told the reporter he had it wrong.

On a new website devoted to debunking the book's claims Richer writes that he received a copy of Suskind's The Way of the World on Monday night, August 4, the day before publication. 

"Far from being comfortable" with his quotations, as Suskind maintains, Richer says he "told Mr. Suskind that many of the things he wrote about what I did and said were wrong."

"Mr. Suskind has now released an edited transcript of an apparent conversation between us that he alleges supports one of the central themes in his book.  It does not," Richer writes. 

"I stand by my earlier statement and my absolute belief that the charges outlined in Mr. Suskind's book regarding Agency involvement in forging documents are not true."

"I never received direction from George Tenet or anyone else in my chain of command to fabricate a document from [Saddam Hussein's intelligence director, Tahir Jalil] Habbush [al-Tikiriti] as outlined in Mr. Suskind's book."  For the record, no one outside my chain of command directed me to do so either."

Richer also says Suskind never told him he was taping their interviews and was planning "to consult counsel about the legality of his action."

It is not illegal to tape a conversation without notifying the other party in the District of Columbia, where Suskind lives.

 Read Richer's full post here.


  1. On the Aug 6, 08 Bill O'Reilly radio show, Bill interviewed Suskind. Suskind claimed that he (Suskind) had tapes that supported his position regarding Suskind's discussion with the two CIA guys. Several times (3-5 times), O'R asked that Suskind provide him with the tapes, and that O'R would play the tapes on the radio & TV. Each time Suskind equivocated, avoided, and blather like Obama.

    The long and short is that Suskind will not provide the tapes to O'R.

    After Suskind left the interview, O'R & his co-host, Lis Whiel, said that Suskind should provide the tapes, that they (O'R & Whiel) were completely unconvinced by Suskind, and that they felt that Suskind was incredible.


    Posted by: PiggDogg Author Profile Page | August 9, 2008 5:23 PM

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