Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!===Iraq and al-Qaeda=== [[Thomas Joscelyn]] of ''[[Weekly Standard]]'' wrote a critical piece on Scheuer and an interview Scheuer did on [[Chris Matthews]] ''[[Hardball with Chris Matthews|Hardball]]''.<ref>[http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/006/341eptvh.asp Softball on Hardball - Chris Matthews gives Michael Scheuer a pass--again], [[The Weekly Standard]], 11/10/2005</ref> According to Joscelyn, Scheuer's claims that "there was no evidence of a relationship between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and al Qaeda", in various interviews, "directly contradicted" Scheuer's earlier assertions, in his first book, in which Scheuer "cited numerous pieces of evidence showing that there was, in fact, a working relationship between [[Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda link allegations|Saddam and al Qaeda]]." Scheuer wrote about a relationship between [[Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda link allegations|Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda]] in his 2002 book. Yet when interviewed in 2004 he stated that he had found no evidence of a Saddam/al-Qaeda connection. Tim Russert asked Scheuer to explain the seeming contradiction on [[Meet the Press]] (30 November 2004): :MR. SCHEUER: I certainly saw a link when I was writing the books in terms of the open-source literature, unclassified literature, but I had nothing to do with Iraq during my professional career until the run-up to the war. What I was talking about on "Hardball" was, I was assigned the duty of going back about nine or 10 years in the classified archives of the CIA. I went through roughly 19,000 documents, probably totaling 50,000 to 60,000 pages, and within that corpus of material, there was absolutely no connection in the terms of a--in the terms of a relationship. :MR. RUSSERT: But your  book did point out some contacts? :MR. SCHEUER: Certainly it was available in the open-source material, yes, sir.<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20060324092433/http://www.fredschoeneman.com/archives/000702.html Michael Scheuer Interviewed by Tim Russert], fredschoeneman.com, November 30, 2004</ref> Scheuer explains more fully in the revised edition of his 2002 book the exhaustive study of the evidence of Iraq-al-Qaeda cooperation that eventually led him to the conclusion that there was no relationship between the two forces: :For a number of reasons, I was available to perform the review of Agency files on Iraq and al Qaeda, and the chief of the bin Laden unit handed me the assignment. I was delighted with the task, eager to begin, and sure that my research would support the analysis I had presented in ''Through Our Enemies' Eyes''. For about four weeks in late 2002 and early 2003, I and several others were engaged full time in searching CIA files -- seven days a week, often far more than eight hours a day. At the end of the effort, we had gone back ten years in the files and had reviewed nearly twenty thousand documents that amounted to well over fifty thousand pages of materials. I was both pleased and embarrassed by the results of the research. I was pleased because CIA's position was reaffirmed and the analysis of [[Office of Special Plans|Mr. Feith's unit]] was discredited. There was no information that remotely supported the analysis that claimed there was a strong working relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda. I was embarrassed because this reality invalidated the analysis I had presented on the subject in my book.<ref>Michael Scheuer, ''Through Our Enemies' Eyes'' (revised edition). Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2006) p. 136.</ref> Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Covert History Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) This page is a member of 1 hidden category: Category:Pages with broken file links Retrieved from "https://covert-history.wikia.org/wiki/Michael_Scheuer"