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The Robert Gates File - The Iran-Contra Scandal, 1991
Fri Nov 10, 2006 18:44

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National Security Archive Update, November 10, 2006


The Iran-Contra Scandal, 1991 Confirmation Hearings
and Excerpts from new book "Safe for Democracy"

For more information contact:
John Prados - 301/565-0564
Thomas Blanton - 202/994-7000


Washington, DC, November 10, 2006 - Bush administration nominee for
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates had a long career in government which
showed a notable combination of ambition and caution, according to a new
book by Archive senior analyst John Prados ["Safe for Democracy: The
Secret Wars of the CIA" (Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2006)] which deals with
Gates among its much wider coverage of the agency since its inception.

As Director of Central Intelligence in the immediate aftermath of the Cold
War, Gates faced criticism for moving slowly with reforming the agency for
the new era, and thus missing a moment of extraordinary opportunity that
occurred at that time. In earlier posts at top levels of the CIA, Gates
figured in the Iran-Contra affair, in which he engaged in sins of omission
if not commission, hesitating to make inquiries and pass warnings that
might have headed off this abuse of power. As the CIA's top manager for
intelligence analysis in the early 1980s he was accused of slanting
intelligence to suit the predilections of the Reagan administration and
his boss, Director William J. Casey.

Excerpts from "Safe for Democracy" related to Mr. Gates were posted today
on the Archive Web site. They are accompanied by the full three volumes of
the extraordinary confirmation hearings of Gates for CIA Director which
took place in 1991, and which at the time constituted the most detailed
examination of U.S. intelligence practices carried out since the Church
and Pike investigations of the 1970s. Also posted is the portion of the
report by Iran-Contra special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh which concerns Mr.
Gates, along with his response to those findings.



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