—GW Bush, Oct. 7, 2002
Remember Michael Ledeen, that
VINCENT CANNISTRARO [former CIA head of counterterrorism operations and intelligence director at the National Security Council under Reagan]: ...It isn't that anyone had a good source on Iraq - there weren't any good sources. The Italian intelligence service, the military intelligence service, was acquiring information that was really being hand-fed to them by very dubious sources. The Niger documents, for example, which apparently were produced in the United States, yet were funneled through the Italians.An intriguing answer, which fuels even more speculation. According to this little article from Al Jazeera (yeah, yeah), Ledeen's involvement would be
QUESTION: Do we know who produced those documents? Because there's some suspicion...
VINCENT CANNISTRARO: I think I do, but I'd rather not speak about it right now, because I don't think it's a proven case...
QUESTION: If I said 'Michael Ledeen'?
VINCENT CANNISTRARO: You'd be very close...
...consistent with the theory that the documents are the work of Iraqi dissidents associated with Ahmed Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress. [Remember "Curveball"? -ed.]And lest we miss the connection with current events, John "Loose Cannon" Bolton, Bush's nominee for
The documents would have flowed from Chalabi to Ledeen to SISME [SISMI -ed.], and thus would have been laundered to make them appear as legitimate products discovered by a legitimate intelligence agency.
This sophistication in the use of foreign intelligence agencies appears to be part of the modus operandi of the neocons, and may derive from the particular expertise of Ledeen and Richard Perle, developed in various shenanigans going back to the 1970's in particular the Iran-Contra affair.
The source of the forgery-author speculation, Ian Masters' interview with Vincent Cannistraro, is here. It's worth reading, esp. if you're interested in recent intelligence
Scary Michael Ledeen quotes here. I cannot vouch for context, since I don't have the book Machiavelli on Modern Leadership, but here are three quotes worth checking out:
"Paradoxically, preserving liberty may require the rule of a single leader—a dictator—willing to use those dreaded 'extraordinary measures, which few know how, or are willing, to employ.' (p. 173)UPDATE: LNS told me that a friend of his told him that
"Machiavelli's favorite hero...Moses exercised dictatorial power, but that awesome power was used to create freedom." (p. 174)
"We should not be outraged by Machiavelli's call for a temporary dictatorship as an effective means to either revivify or restore freedom." (p. 174)