David E. Sanger


Sanger, David E. "As a Lightning Rod Departs, a Contentious Issue Remains." New York Times, 4 Jun. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]

George Tenet's "surprise departure" as DCI "removes from President Bush's inner circle one of the lightning rods for the criticism that America went to war based on faulty intelligence. But it also keeps Mr. Bush exposed to the election-year charge that his White House politicized the work of the intelligence agencies."

[CIA/DCIs/Tenet/04; GenPostCW/00s/WMD/04]

Sanger, David E. "Bush to Establish Panel to Examine U.S. Intelligence." New York Times, 2 Feb. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Senior administration officials said on 1 February 2004 that "President Bush will establish a bipartisan commission in the next few days to examine American intelligence operations, including a study of possible misjudgments about Iraq's unconventional weapons."


Sanger, David E. "Clinton Aides Admit Lapses on Espionage by Chinese." New York Times, 7 Mar. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

National Security Adviser Sandy Berger and Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said on 6 March 1999 "that the investigation into China's acquisition of U.S. nuclear weapons technology showed enormous lapses in security at the Energy Department's laboratories in the 1980s."

[GenPostCW/90s/PRCTech; SpyCases/U.S./China/99]

Sanger, David E. Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power. New York: Crown, 2012.

Mead, FA 91.6 (Nov.-Dec. 2012), calls this an "astonishingly revealing insider's account of the Obama administration's foreign policy process." For Peake, Studies 56.4 (Dec. 2012), this "is a comprehensive interpretive history of foreign policy in the Obama administration." It "is an absorbing book. Its analysis is rigorous, and its judgments have the ring of truth."


Sanger, David E. "Despite Terror Risk, Washington Is Unlikely to Press Reform of C.I.A. This Year." New York Times, 11 Jul. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"Despite a scorching Senate report that describes a profound breakdown of the American intelligence system at a time of increasing terror threats, both White House officials and Congressional leaders say the political calendar will prevent any serious action until after the November elections."


Sanger, David E. "'No Question,' U.S. Says, Leak Helped China." New York Times, 15 Mar. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

National Security Adviser Sandy Berger "acknowledged [on 14 March 1999] that 'there's no question' that China benefited from obtaining the design of America's most miniaturized nuclear warhead from the Los Alamos National Laboratory."


Sanger, David E. "A Shifting Spotlight on Uranium Sales." New York Times, 15 Jul. 2003. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The White House is arguing that President Bush "was technically accurate when he cited [in the State of the Union speech] a British report alleging Saddam Hussein was seeking uranium in Africa, but he never should have said it. The evidence 'did not meet the standards we use for the president,' said Condoleeza Rice, the national security adviser.... Now Ms. Rice and her colleagues are pointing the finger at [DCI] George J. Tenet."


Sanger, David E. "U.S. Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site." New York Times, 11 Jan. 2009. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Sanger states: "Several details of the covert effort [referred to in this article] have been omitted from this account, at the request of senior United States intelligence and administration officials, to avoid harming continuing operations."

According to senior U.S. and foreign officials, "President Bush deflected a secret request by Israel last year for specialized bunker-busting bombs it wanted for an attack on Iran's main nuclear complex and told the Israelis that he had authorized new covert action intended to sabotage Iran's suspected effort to develop nuclear weapons....

"The covert American program, started in early 2008, includes renewed American efforts to penetrate Iran's nuclear supply chain abroad, along with new efforts, some of them experimental, to undermine electrical systems, computer systems and other networks on which Iran relies. It is aimed at delaying the day that Iran can produce the weapons-grade fuel and designs it needs to produce a workable nuclear weapon."


Sanger, David E. "U.S. Won't Admit or Explain Its Trade Espionage to Japan." New York Times, 28 Oct. 1995, A4.


Sanger, David E., and James Risen. "C.I.A. Chief Takes Blame in Assertion on Iraqi Uranium." New York Times, 12 Jul. 2003. [http://www.nytimes.com]

In a statement issued on 11 July 2003, DCI George J. Tenet "accepted responsibility ... for letting President Bush use information that turned out to be unsubstantiated in his State of the Union address, accusing Iraq of trying to acquire uranium from Africa to make nuclear weapons."

[CIA/DCIs/Tenet; GenPostCW/00s/03/IraqUranium]

Sanger, David E., and Eric Schmitt. "New U.S. Effort Steps Up Hunt for bin Laden." New York Times, 29 Feb. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to senior administration and military officials, "President Bush has approved a plan to intensify the effort to capture or kill Osama bin Laden,... The plan will apply both new forces and new tactics to the task.... The group at the center of the effort is Task Force 121, the covert commando team of Special Operations forces and Central Intelligence officers."

[CIA/00s/04; MI/SpecOps; Terrorism/04/War]

Sanger, David E., and Scott Shane. "Panel's Report Assails C.I.A. for Failure on Iraq Weapons." New York Times, 29 Mar. 2005. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The report of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction "includes a searing critique of how the C.I.A. and other agencies never properly assessed Saddam Hussein's political maneuverings or the possibility that he no longer had weapon stockpiles, according to officials who have seen the report's executive summary."


Sanger, David E., and Thom Shanker. "N.S.A. Choice Is Navy Expert on Cyberwar." New York Times, 30 Jan. 2014. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 30 January 2014, President Obama nominated Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers as the new NSA director.Rogers is now the head of Fleet Cyber Command. The administration's choice for NSA deputy director is Rick Ledgett, "the N.S.A. official who has been heading the task force assessing the damage done by the revelations of Edward J. Snowden."


Sanger, David E., and Tim Weiner. "Emerging Role for the C.I.A.: Economic Spy." New York Times, 15 Oct. 1995, 1.

During the "negotiations with Japan last spring," U.S. "trade officials were accompanied everywhere by a small team of intelligence officers." Each morning, they gave U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor and his aides inside information gathered" by the CIA's Tokyo station and NSA's electronic eavesdropping equipment, "sifted by C.I.A. analysts in Washington."

[CIA/90s/95; GenPostwar/Econ/Govt]

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