Did CIA analyst Ron Pandolfi use his friend Dan Smith to deliberately ‘leak’ internal battles at CIA over Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction?
Son of former presidential adviser revealed controversy in 2005 UFO alien video interview.
Original date of publication 30 March 2011
This version updated with references to Sidney Blumenthal’s Salon article “Bush knew Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction”
(STARpod.us) — When Joe Wilson asked if the Bush administration manipulated intelligence to justify an invasion of Iraq in an op-ed piece for the New York Times back in 2003, his wife, covert CIA operative Valerie Plame, became the target of senior White House officials.
“Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq’s nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat.”
Two years later, in 2005, San Francisco physicist Dr. Jack Sarfatti recorded a video interview of self-proclaimed CIA eschatologist Dan T. Smith.
And two years prior to an exclusive September 2007 expose’ by Sidney Blumenthal for Salon, Smith revealed that CIA had been pressured to rewrite a National Intelligence Estimate claiming there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
The alleged source of Smith’s information?
In the video, Smith explains that his friend, Ron Pandolfi, “is the guy who is, now, high up in intelligence.”
Smith would later blog that Pandolfi — who had been outed as a CIA employee in a series of articles that appeared in the New York Times — claimed to have been put in charge of MASINT, a technical form of intelligence collection related to detection of weapons of mass destruction.
Valerie Plame, the former covert CIA operative who had been outed by the White House, and her husband Joe Wilson, discuss the conflicts at CIA during the days and weeks prior to the US led invasion of Iraq, in a special audio commentary for the new DVD release of “Fair Game,” the film adaptation of their story.
Plame’s version of events are consistent with Smith’s allegations about his friend Pandolfi.
During the video, Smith starts to explain why Pandolfi moved from CIA to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Sarfatti then pipes in:
“Pandolfi apparently is the guy who wrote the National Intelligence Estimate about the invasion of Iraq, and Pandolfi said there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.”
“It was his report that he was in charge of, and thirty days before it happened, [they said] this was not acceptable, and Ron recused himself from the National Intelligence Office and went over to MASINT, which he’s now in charge of, a couple years later. So then they [CIA] came out with a second report that said yeah, there are weapons.”
Sarfatti chimes in, “Which is false.”
“As it turned out.”
Smith and Sarfatti had — unwittingly it seems — scooped Sidney Blumenthal’s exclusive story on the Bush Iraq National Intelligence Estimate.
THURSDAY, SEP 6, 2007 11:16 AM CUT
Bush knew Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction … Salon exclusive: Two former CIA officers say the president squelched top-secret intelligence, and a briefing by George Tenet, months before invading Iraq.
“Ron,” Smith would later blog, “transferred to MASINT because he could find no WMD in Iraq up to thirty days before the invasion, according to his (unpublished?) NIE [National Intelligence Estimate].”
On Sept. 18, 2002, CIA director George Tenet briefed President Bush in the Oval Office on top-secret intelligence that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction, according to two former senior CIA officers. Bush dismissed as worthless this information from the Iraqi foreign minister, a member of Saddam’s inner circle, although it turned out to be accurate in every detail. Tenet never brought it up again.
At his blog, Smith noted:
“I don’t think Ron would have told me that, if it were not quite deliberate. Ron is not given to casual bragging. That is not in his job description. His wife once told me that Ron had, perhaps in a fit of pique, told her that his job was more important than the President’s. Recall in this context that W’s [former US President George W. Bush] aunt is a long-time friend of my older sister.”
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Smith once told me he that he had attended a party at the home of George W. Bush’s aunt, Nancy Bush Ellis, the same month as the Iraq invasion of Kuwait.
When asked about his family ties to the Bush family by Sarfatti on video, Smith explains:
“My sister was a friend of Nancy Bush Ellis, Herbert Walker’s [President George H. W. Bush] sister. Ron is what was handed to me, Ron was handed to me like on a platter…Jack has met Ron, out here [in San Francisco] …”
“I’ve spoken to him too … It’s real. What makes this more than like just another crazy new age thing, comedy, is that Pandolfi is real and he is very high up in intelligence so there’s something else going on … I’ve met him, I had lunch with him, here, he came to see me … with a military guard … we were talking about Hal Puthoff and a whole bunch of stuff … and what was going on with Robert Bigelow and Jacques Vallee … the point is this element of reality — political reality — there’s something big going on … these people are taking Dan seriously. Whatever Dan is doing, Dan is being encouraged to do it.”
Smith also shares his fascination with the synthesis of UFO mythology, eschatology, and world politics with Laura Bradshaw Eisenhower Mahon, the great-granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Smith’s father, Dan Throop Smith, was Ms. Eisenhower-Mahon’s great-grandfather’s tax advisor from Harvard.
Ms. Eisenhower’s mother, Susan Eisenhower, is a key nuclear consultant to the Obama administration. Strangely, Ms. Eisenhower-Mahon claims to have been the target of a recruitment effort by a black-ops intelligence service that she associates with Dr. Puthoff, the scientist of interest to Dr. Pandolfi, according to Smith and Sarfatti.
Pandolfi’s alleged involvement in the political affair is especially curious given his on background involvement with the UFO Spy Games that played out on the Internet shortly after the Plame ‘Fair Game’ diverted American attention away from White House tweaking of CIA Intelligence Estimates.
Those games also involved former CIA intelligence analysts and DIA advisors, including Dr. Christopher Kit Green, as reported by Mark Pilkington, in his book “Mirage Men,” and my book “Spies, Lies, and Polygraph Tape.” Another Internet based journalist — Tim Ventura of American Antigravity — was also the target of an alleged intelligence recruitment effort, according to sources.
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