CIA Director ‘Can’t Handle the Truth’ (AUDIO)
CIA Chief Michael V. Hayden didn’t seem too thrilled when a journalist asked him about the wisdom—or lack thereof—in the CIA’s overthrow of Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953. At the close of his talk at a Council on Foreign Relations seminar in New York city, the first questioner asked if there were any lessons to be learned from the intervention.
Ducking the question, the former Air Force General cited an apparently well-worn phrase used by government officials in such circumstances, punctuated by a bit of sheepish chuckling.
Hayden followed with a canned answer about the CIA being an extension of the U.S. democratic system, which operates “within a framework of law”. Ah, but the CIA’s coup in Iran, as well as other foreign coups, assassinations, and meddling around the world, are and were completely illegal under international law. No wonder Michael Hayden can’t handle this simple question •
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