April 23, 2005


Released E-Mail Exchanges Reveal More Bolton Battles (DOUGLAS JEHL, 4/23/05, NY Times)

Recently declassified e-mail messages provide new details of the bruising battle that John R. Bolton, then an under secretary of state, waged with analysts at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency in 2002 as he sought to deliver a speech reflecting a hard-line view of Cuba and its possible efforts to acquire biological weapons.

The messages, provided to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, are surfacing during a firestorm over Mr. Bolton's nomination as ambassador to the United Nations. Democrats and some Republicans have raised concerns about Mr. Bolton's temperament and tactics, and have called particular attention to his harsh treatment of intelligence analysts, suggesting that it may have amounted to political interference.

The declassified e-mail messages suggest animosity between Mr. Bolton and his staff on the one hand, and intelligence analysts on the other, at levels even greater than have emerged from recent public testimony by Mr. Bolton and others. A Congressional official provided some of the messages to The New York Times, saying they should be made available to the public because they had been declassified.

None of the dozens of messages reviewed by The New York Times were from Mr. Bolton...

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 23, 2005 1:58 PM

Somehow I think might backfire on those who released them.

Posted by: Sandy P at April 23, 2005 2:18 PM

Jeez, this is almost as lame as the Times running a negative story on Bolton based on the contents of their Letters to the Editor page...

Posted by: John at April 23, 2005 3:23 PM

A good case could be made for firing everyone who works at the State Department or the CIA. We would not be less well served by an equal number of persons selected at random from the Brooklyn phone directory, than we have been by that gang of traitors, cowards and backstabbers.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at April 23, 2005 4:01 PM

I have a few messages that are not from Bolton that I would be willing to throw in.

Posted by: GER at April 23, 2005 4:02 PM

GER - Do they demonstrate animosity? The Dems might take them. They have other emails that are from Bolton, so with yours they could have both bases covered.

Posted by: pj at April 23, 2005 8:58 PM