WASHINGTON – Warnings were ignored, security was lax and good judgment was lacking, leading to one of the worst tragedies in CIA history, when a double-agent suicide bomber killed seven CIA employees in Afghanistan last December.
That's the view from the CIA director himself, speaking to reporters Tuesday, after a six-month internal review of the attack.
Yet Leon Panetta said no one will be disciplined or fired. He blamed the bombing on what he called "systemic failures," which meant Jordanian intelligence warnings about the bomber weren't shared and sufficient security measures weren't taken.
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Answer by agentwanda at 2:38 PM on Oct. 20, 2010
I think Panetta is "taking the fall" for this tragedy in order to spare his department. They thought the bomber was on their side, when he was really an Al Quaida SPY! If the bombers "credentials" cleared, and he "proved" to be trustworthy, how could they have known he had ulterior motives?
What if the recently arrested and deported Russian spies who successfully assimilated into the US turned out to be as nefarious as the bomber was? Where would you start pointing fingers?
"The suicide bomber who gained access to a heavily-guarded CIA outpost in Afghanistan last week and blew himself up, killing seven high-ranking US agents in the process, was a Jordanian spy who had supposedly been recruited to infiltrate al-Qa'ida, it was claimed last night."
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